Looking for my next adventure
Hi, I'm Debs. I'm mum to three grown up boys, so I've spent a lot of years juggling work with the school run. I think it's my turn to explore the world, and to create my adventures.
I absolutely refuse to lie about my age! I'm fifty four, and proud of that. I've worked hard to regain fitness (after an accident), and in terms of what I can offer, I believe that attitude is everything. If it can be done, I'll find a way. As you might have gathered, with having three boys, I'm pretty grounded and used to dealing with crises. I’m practical, reliable, and able to do most of the usual mum-stuff. I can cook decent meals, use IT, deal with red-tape, and navigate all kinds of temper tantrums! I'm willing to have a go at anything I've not attempted before.
My career has given me heaps of experience in seeing all perspectives. I therefore consider myself to be flexible and easy going, and to have a well rounded and philosophical understanding of life. I'm not impressed by money, status, or job title, but rather by honesty and genuine kindness. Above all other things, I love depth and authenticity - I'm far too old for people who say one thing and do something else entirely. I place value on soul connections. That's not the same thing as saying that I'm looking for a soulmate, but it does mean that I value depth and rawness - give me the calloused reality over a polished veneer any day.
I’m an old soul. I love poetry and hardback books; I enjoy deep conversations that go on into the night; I adore the magic of stars in an inky sky, and the awakening light on the water at sunrise. And I love the sound of the breeze filling the sails, and the music of waves against the hull.
But I'm definitely not just about the good stuff! I'm a realist and a pragmatist, and perfectly capable of adjusting course when necessary. I also come with a disclaimer: I must hereby notify all who might read my profile that I'm not at all ladylike and my language can occasionally be... hmmmm... lively!! In fact I think it's fair to say that when the situation requires it, I can swear like a sailor :)
As far as time on the water or nautical miles travelled goes, I bring more enthusiasm than actual sailing experience. The water feels like home to me, it's where I belong. I live close to Liverpool, so there's always been family maritime history. My great-granddad was a Captain with his own ocean going passenger ship, and my dad worked in a shipyard.
My first sailing experience was at school, on Windermere in the English Lake District, aged sixteen - I guess that gave me the bug. Then some years ago, I sailed the ICW for a wonderful six weeks, and had all kinds of challenges. We had a fire on board, we ran aground, and the engine stopped - but it's not an adventure until something goes wrong! It was never boring, and I'm always open to new experiences and challenges. In general terms, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I loved every minute of it.
I also have some experience of sailing off Fort Pierce in Florida; around Georgetown and Stocking Island in the Exumas; in the Med along the southern coast of Sicily; along the Atlantic coast of Portugal; and most recently, I spent three months sailing in French Polynesia.
I was more of an observer/ deckhand/ general dogsbody than an active sailor on those occasions, but I understand the joys and challenges of the water.
I'm keen to learn as much about sailing as I can, and would eventually like to take RYA certificates, although I understand that certificates can never replace experience.