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Crew Wanted

I am currently looking for crew for a trip from Portsmouth to Belfast departing approximately 8 June 2020. This is not a delivery trip and will be broken into sensible day sails with the occasional overnight passage.

Possible passage plan:
  • Portsmouth - Portland
  • Portland - Torbay / Dartmouth
  • Dartmouth - Plymouth / Falmouth
  • Falmouth - Newlyn
  • Newlyn - Milford Haven
  • Milford Haven - Dublin
  • Dublin - Belfast

Total 550-600NM

As these will be longer passages I do require crew with some previous experience. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the crew.

Ningaloo For Sale?

With Brexit reducing the time that I can cruise in Europe after 2020, I am having to re-think my future sailing plans. Right now it is clear that there are benefits in having Ningaloo over-wintered within the EU to avoid possible future VAT payments if I resume cruising in Europe.

But I still feel that Scotland (my original plan for 2019) is 'unfinished business' so I am currently planning to try to get there in 2020 and have identified New Ross, Wexford in Ireland as a possible option to over-winter 2020/21.

If this comes about I'll be looking for crew to get from Portsmouth to Belfast in June.

However a more radical alternative that I am considering is to sell Ningaloo and upgrade to a Hanse 455, a larger boat that would allow me to cross oceans, possibly sailing to Australia in time for the next Fremantle-Bali race in 2022. If you might be interested in buying Ningaloo (or you know of anyone selling a 455), please contact me.

Watch this space!

Final Sail 2019

My final sail of the year to Newtown Creek ended with a spectacular sunrise before I headed off to return to Hayling Island for my winter lift-out.

SW Ireland

I had three different sets of crew join me whilst I was in Ireland. Kinsale proved a good base for change of crew, being a short bus ride from Cork airport.
Highlights included Glandore, Baltimore, Valencia Island and the Skerrig Isles on the way up and Schull, Glandore, Cobh and Ballycotton on the return trip.

Baltimore craic

Sunset over Baltimore

Leaving Valencia Island

Skillig St Michael


Anchored off Ballycotton

Portsmouth to Kinsale

My main destination this year was the Scilly Isles and Ireland. Just like my first attempt at the Scillies last September, getting there against the prevailing SW winds proved a challenge, but we made it to Tresco in 6 days via Portland, Torbay, Fowey, Falmouth and Newlyn.

My trusty crew, John, insisted that we sail the last few miles into the peaceful anchorage at Tresco even though the tide turned against us and progress was slow. We were lucky to pick up the last remaining buoy which allowed us a peaceful night's sleep. Next day we made the most of the fine weather to explore the Tresco Abbey gardens. Just as well as the following day brought stronger winds and very heavy rain. When the sun finally re-appeared at 6pm, everyone rushed ashore to stretch their legs and get a pint at the pub!

The forecast gave us a 48 hour window to get across to Ireland before the next storm, so we set off motoring in very light winds which slowly increased from midday. We had an excellent crossing with lots of dolphins playing in the bow wave. We entered Kinsale harbour after a 24 hour passage and after a brief sleep sought out the very welcoming Kinsale Yacht Club for another pint (or two), chatting with crews from the Sovereign's Cup Regatta whose racing had been cancelled for the day due to 40kt winds..