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Our Favourites

Scottish Highlands and Islands cruising

By Nick Woolven | 1 August 2018

Scottish Highlands and Islands cruising holidays Pro’s -No need to fly -Reasonable range of chartering locations -Large range of interesting harbours and anchorages to go -Price is often better than med charter rates -Fantastic wildlife -Great food and drink is many places Con’s -Midges can be a pain in calm, alongside -Advanced sailing (big tides…

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Turkish Cruising holidays

By Nick Woolven | 1 August 2018

We love cruising in waters of SW Turkey for the following reasons: Pro’s -Lots of small isolated coves and anchorages with good holding -Small harbour towns -Bodrum airport – close to marinas and shops -Bodrum and Marmaris have nightlife -Never far from somewhere to hide -Masses of history and pre-history ashore -English is widely spoken;…

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Dodecanese Cruising

By Nick Woolven | 1 August 2018

We love cruising in the Dodecanese islands in the southern Aegean. Consider the following: Pro’s -Great variety of towns/ harbours/ coves anchorages -History and pre-history onshore -Kos and Rhodes airports – close to marinas and shops -Reliable winds -Never far from somewhere to hide Con’s -Afternoon wind (Meltemi) can come in strong and fast. 25…

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The Three Peaks Yacht Race

By Nick Woolven | 1 August 2018

What we like • Real test of versatility and stamina • An Adventure Race up the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland • 392 miles of Cat 3 Offshore yacht racing • 62 miles running, 14,000’ ascent/descent from nearest ports in three ‘mountain marathons’ • Encourages rowing and kedging – rowing a yacht is…

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Fresh food offshore

By Nick Woolven | 30 July 2018

When sailing offshore you cannot get fresh food every couple of days. There are many solutions to keeping up the intake of vegetables and their roughage, taste, vitamins and minerals – these include tinned vegetables, frozen (if have a freezers on-board, pickled/preserved in vinegar/salt (can be done at home and if using lighter vinegars –…

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Pressure cooker

By Nick Woolven | 30 July 2018

This is the Lakeland 3 litres pressure cooker – just the right size to make a stew for a crew of 4-6, without quickly and without too much gas use. There are no projecting handles to foul when the stove is swinging in a swell, or you are trying to get another pan/kettle on the…

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recent Henri Lloyd jacket

By Nick Woolven | 30 July 2018

This is a newish Henri Lloyd jacket – Goretex, 3 years old and still waterproof (I use a tech-wash and a reproof twice a year). In heavy spray, or when going onto the foredeck to change a sail it is easy to move in, and the neck and cuffs stay water tight in all but…

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Neoprene Smock

By Nick Woolven | 30 July 2018

This Henri Lloyd sailing smock is more than 40 years old – and still completely waterproof (it is pre-Goretex). I have had this smock since I was 13 and I’m now 54 yrs old. With a wool shirt and possibly a jumper this is still great kit for staying warm without too much bulk. The…

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