Level 2 Training Diary – Part 2

After the sea survival course, it was time to head over to Gosport Marina and meet up with our Skipper for the week, Juan Coetzer (Skipper of Geraldton Western Australia in the 11-12 Clipper Race). I would be sailing on CV9 Qingdao with 8 others who had decided, like me, that the end of January… Continue reading Level 2 Training Diary – Part 2

Level 2 Training Log

Yacht ‘CV9′ Qingdao Clipper 68 foot Cutter Rig Sloop Wind Max F9 317 Nautical Miles (Tidal) 8 days on board 9 night hours Gosport – Solent (Training) – Cowes – Weymouth – Cowes – Gosport Many reefs in, not so many reefs out, racing head sail changes, realistic man overboard drills with a life size… Continue reading Level 2 Training Log

New Year’s Day Sail

What better way to start a big year of sailing for me than a sail across Belfast Lough, from Bangor to Carrickfergus with a group of friends.           In squally but sunny conditions, we made good time across the Lough. There were remarkably few boats out on the water – the… Continue reading New Year’s Day Sail

Sailing, Surfing, Swimming, Surviving

After a month of Sunday ‘racing’ (read drifting / floating) in very light winds, this weekend the wind decided to show up. Laser sailing in heavier weather has some benefits in the winter – you are usually working really hard to keep the boat flat or upright that you have little time to get cold… Continue reading Sailing, Surfing, Swimming, Surviving