No “tangible reward”? Ha! I live in what I call the Greyt Northwet, AKA Washington State the northwest corner of the continental United States. The weather here is similar to Scotland, you can expect cold wet rain from mid-October through the first week of July with the occasional bout of relatively warm wet heavy rain brought courtesy of a “Pineapple Express” weather system rolling in across the Pacific from Hawaii. Actually, if you can pick your days some nice sailing can be had all year, though November through March the pickings are pretty sparse. July through September up here offers spectacular sailing with twilight extending late into the evening. The winds are notoriously fickle here in Puget Sound and if smart we sail with the tide, a decent motor comes in handy. Back to the reward…watching your videos has kept my spirits up and inspired me to unroll the charts to plot next season’s voyages while rain beats down on my roof.
I enjoy the pace of your films and the way you explain the history of the areas you are visiting. The bikini crowd has it’s delights but they don’t do much sailing. Watching you short tack your way up a river last week on my television really put me on the boat with you. I’ve been spending a chunk of time and money on my boat this month (Iain Oughtred’s “Eun Mara” canoe yawl) and realized that your efforts were worth at least as much as the can of anti-foul paint I had in my hand so I set up a paypal account and chipped in.
Best of luck finding the right boat for the rest of the journey.