"For Boats, even the uglier ones, are among the loveliest creations of man’s hands, and though owning them brings a train of debts, hangnails, bruises, bad frights, and all kinds of worries not experienced by those who content themselves with more practical vices, the relation between man and his boat is as personal and intimate as the relation between husband and wife" - DESMOND HOLDRIDGE

Month June 2019


I hung on as long as possible before turning in and then enjoyed the best night’s sleep that I can remember for a long time – over 12 hours! It’s almost worth getting exhausted for the pleasure of such a… Continue Reading →


The sail past the south of Elba continued to the north of Giglio and proved to be a really spirited affair. Carrying full main and jib, we (me and Hejira) were caught in what must have been an ‘Island Acceleration… Continue Reading →

First Night Mares

Well, it was quite a baptism for my first solo night. Having motored all day with only minimal assistance from a ‘floppy jib’, the wind picked up off Cap Course after dark. It is quite usual for the wind to… Continue Reading →

Cast off

Well, it’s time to ‘put up or shut up’ as I have now been banging on about my single handed challenge for so long it is probably very boring. Hejira is ready, she has been tested over many miles, crossed… Continue Reading →

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