Sailing Sout:h Ireland to Spain
I sometimes describe myself as an old salty dog. But I am not so old that I can't still follow my dreams.
I've lived a varied life, travelled a bit and lived in a few different countries. I guess that made me open-minded, tolerant, and curious of other cultures.
Over the years, I have owned a good few boats, both monohull and catamarans, and sailed across the Atlantic three times (the last time two-handed with my then sixteen years old son). But I barely got any wiser and, now that my kids are older and can survive without me, I want to sail a bit further still.
I was never interested in money, but I somehow managed recently to buy a good boat and do her up. I made the choice of a (relatively) small boat, so I could maintain her meticulously and equip her well for short-handed offshore sailing. She has only two sea berths (double, and very comfortable) and so I have only room for one crew, or for a couple on short passages. She's now ready to go anywhere, and so am I.
I will be sailing south from the West coast of Ireland (where the boat currently is) down to Spain in late September and may have a free berth on that leg for someone with some cruising experience.
Food on board is fully vegetarian, organic as much as possible, and preferably local, in line with my aspirations to cause as little damage as possible to the oceans and the planet. An appreciation of why I choose to run the boat this way is important. I'll be happy to accommodate vegans, as long as they can tolerate my cheese eating habits!
In line with my choice of a healthy, active lifestyle, I do not smoke and very rarely drink, so only non-smokers are welcome on board, and anyone who likes their booze should probably find another boat.
I'm a native French speaker and have lived in English-speaking countries for many years. I am currently learning Spanish, but I'm not fluent in it, so you should be reasonably fluent in either French or English. Spanish speakers are however particularly welcome.
I am expecting crews to pay their own way. I feel that sharing the expenses of the boat’s consumables puts everybody on a more equal footing and that the dynamics on board works better that way.
Once in Spain, I will spend a week or two coastal hopping down to Lisbon (and would be happy to have a native Spanish speaker on board, even if only for a few days).
From Lisbon, I'll be sailing to the Canaries, arriving there in early November. I probably have a crew already for that crossing.
I am then planning to spend some time exploring the various islands, especially Palma and Hiero where I have never been, so if you are in the Canaries in November or early December, looking for a lift between the islands, contact me, I may be able to help. Again, Spanish speakers preferred.
I am planning to spend three or four weeks over the Christmas period running yoga and sailing courses from Tenerife (an old dream coming true this year), and will need someone to help with these. Vegetarian cooking skills and a good level of Spanish are necessary for this. The time spent working with me on these courses will be paid.
Except for the Ireland to Spain passage, it t doesn't matter how much sailing experience you have, as long as you are happy to learn from an old salty dog (who has been a sailing instructor in a former life, and is generally very happy to share his knowledge of boats and the sea).
Write telling me when you would be available, what you are interested in, and why you want to come along.