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Best testimonial I have ever received:
It comes from a man called DavidF on the Trailer Sailer Forum today –
“Man you gotta start from the start!!
Some of us have been following Dylan’s exploits for years now.
I can’t remember which episode it is where he calls the Romans “lazy olive-gobblers” but it’s an absolute classic. And the ones where “Cities of Foam” is the background music stay with me for days.
And the funny part, amongst all that sailing and scenery going on, I’ve learned a lot about England! “
Bless you DavidF – whoever you are
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… ‘cruising’ it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.” -Sterling Hayden
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Keep Turning Left
I started KeepTurningLeft as a way of scratching an itch. At the age of 52 I thought that I had one more adventure in me.
I have been a small boat sailor all my life – I had three older brothers who were all sailors so I cannot remember a day when I did not have access to a boat
I realised that a journey around the world was going to be too expensive….in time and money. But a journey around the UK’s 20,000 mile long outrageously crinkly coastline could be done one bit at a time – like the Johnny Cash song.
I had £3,000 in the bank so I spent £2,000 on a 50 year old Mirror Offshore and made a start from Bembridge – where I bought the boat. Mainly on the basis that it was good as anywhere to start.
Eight years later I have got as far as the Glasgow after going to Shetland. I have visited most of the rivers in between the Isle of Wight and the Firth of Forth – the Medway, Thames, Crouch, Roach, Blackwater, Colne, Walton Backwaters, Stour, Orwell, Deben, Blythe, Broads, The North Norfolk Estuaries, the Wash, Nene, Wainfleet, Tyne, Tees, Wear, Blythe
- it would be great to see her under sail and watch how that hull handles the Firth waves.