Not long after our friends Jennie and Mark got married they decided to learn how to sail. So, once they qualified, I was so excited when asked a group of us to go on a trip with them. I’d been following their sailing progress since they started and had been promised a trip like this since the early days. So saying yes to this adventure was an easy decision for us. It’s also exactly the kind of yes we wanted to actively encourage when we started back in 2013; having adventures and making memories with your favourite people.
Tips for rookie sailors
- First of all find some friends with a skipper qualification (!) or do the course yourselves (we are hoping to convince our captains to do a blog post for us soon to inspire you to do the latter).
- Stock up on anti-sickness precautions (our shipmates opted for tablets and anti-sickness bands) but be prepared for it anyway if it gets particularly rough on open seas! It absolutely doesn’t ruin your trip, and in fact, in our case, it seemed to entice some dolphins to swim along side us.
- Pack lightly!! These boats are tiny. And essentially you’ll be in your swimmers the whole time anyway!
- Listen to your captains and get stuck in! We’re all now complete experts in tying ropes. Honest. Just don’t ask us to prove it…