July 2017 Issue of Yachting Monthly

Quick bit of news.
There is a short article we have written for Yachting Monthly in the July 2017 issue.





My Sailing Library

Everyone's Sailing Library is very personal and built up over time. In this blog I have put together a list of the books I keep on the boat that are my favourites. I have also included other books and websites that I think are useful or interesting. I love reading books and learning new things and understanding different perspectives. I am also always keen to find new books for my Library. So if you feel there are missing books from my list then please do let me know so that I can have the pleasure of finding and reading them.
As you may know I'm an old fashioned girl when it comes to sailing and my choice of books reflects that. But there are some modern books in the mix. I'm happy to include more!

Cruising Under Sail by Eric Hiscock 1965
Voyaging Under Sail by Eric Hiscock 1965
These two books are my most used and favourite. There is information on all aspects of cruising and voyaging from choosing a boat, making baggy-wrinkles, to celestial navigation. If I had to choose one book to have, it would be Cruising under Sail. Be careful the updated versions were not as good.

Voyaging on a Small Income by Annie Hill 
This book is worth reading because it illustrates how it is possible to go sailing on a budget. You do not have to be wealthy and you do not need all the most modern gadgets. Also has Wylo plans for those who are interested.



Homeward Bound by JoJo

Passage Horta, Azores to Penzance UK - June/July 2016

It is so hard to choose the right moment to leave on an ocean passage. This last stage, of 1,200 nautical miles, was potentially the most problematic. It was highly likely that a frontal system would cross our path, bringing adverse weather conditions at some point. We had already prepared to leave about three times, only to cancel at the last moment because I was not happy with the forecast. This is very hard for us all as we psyched ourselves up for departure. Finbar and Lochlann were missing their friends back home, and were particularly keen to leave, but it has to 'feel right' before the final decision is made. Finally, after a frustrating few weeks, a decent weather window made the decision possible, though we would have to motor across the Azores high to get to the SW winds that would blow us home. It was unusual for us to motor at sea, but motoring was better than waiting, and we had been waiting long enough. 
So in high spirits we said goodbye to Horta and headed North with all sails set. I was still not completely well so I had to conserve my energy, and this turned out to be the most relaxed passage since we had left Falmouth in September 2014. Simon had become so competent, and with Finbar's help they were fully capable. I was relegated to the role of adviser, and for the first time ever, I spent time reading a book on passage!