Hi, I'm Barry.
Hi, I'm Barry
I learned to sail in the 70's on friend Geoff's National 12 and David's Hobie 16
catamaran. Great days. In the 80's Janet and I bought our first yacht, a Jaguar
25 and since then we've never looked back. I gained the Yachtmaster Offshore qualification
in the late 90's simply to make our paperwork look more impressive to foreign reviewers.
They have yet to look impressed! Janet and I have covered over 10,000 miles on
For the 10 years prior to retirement I worked as a communications consultant, specifically
at the leading edge of mobile phone design and manufacture. Clients have been based
in Finland, Japan, Korea, Czech Republic, US and UK. The work was stunningly complex
but very exciting and luckily involved regular travel inside all of these countries.
Sadly Nokia and Motorola slipped the net but the rest made quite a catch; you know
the names. (Update June 2006: Motorola just bought the company.)
My first experience of sailing was a cold windy day in October sometime in the eighties,
it was on Ullswater in the English Lake District aboard a Hobie Cat. Not the best
of introductions but since then its only got better. Now I am well and truly hooked;
I enjoy the voyage planning the pilotage and the freedom that sailing gives us,
to choose whether to moor in a busy harbour or anchor in a quite backwater.
Completion of the Boca do Risko
A little more information about us.
For the last four years, since we took early
retirement, we have lived aboard our sailing yachts Mithril and
Ruby Tuesday. The first winter saw us readying Mithril
for the trips of a lifetime, ones which would have no boundaries and so a first
year saw us visit the Baltic and, during 3500 sea miles, completely circle it and
returned to Eastbourne on the UK's South coast for the winter. We were older, wiser
and we had a richness of memories from our first year afloat. Our second year
took us towards warmer climates, initially along to Dartmouth and across to the
Channel Islands, for the Liberation Day celebrations, then to France and a coastal
sail round into Biscay on another voyage of discovery. We realised many have travelled
this route but for us it was the first time we had sailed South of the Channel Islands.
Our first year involved so much time spent in preparation that we did not sit back
and evaluate Mithril's ability to support two liveaboards for a sustained period;
indeed, we might have even glossed over her lack of living space during our zeal
to be up and away.
Ruby T sailing nicely
along the Algarve coast.
To many, therefore, it will not be a surprise
to find that as of August 2005 we have changed Mithril for a shiny
new Dufour 40 Performance which we have called Ruby Tuesday.
No details here but we blame our complacency born of the French summer sun, a super
Dufour salesman named Chris, and Dufour's willingness to offer a part-exchange deal
on Mithril. Oh yes, and the fact that a cancelled order was looking for a buyer
so offering an almost immediate delivery.
If you visit our log (see Log button at top) which is actually more of a travelogue,
you will gain an insight into our travels over the last 4
years. Writing it has, in the main, been fun for us although at times difficult
owing to the diversity of our readership. We have sailing friends wanting
to hear of our weathering storms and tempests and relatives pleased to read about
summer sun and tranquil harbours. Luckily we've had a bit of both so maybe our writing
has struck the necessary balance, and looking at the visitors counter (top right
of page) this surely shows we have got some thing correct.
David (with spinaker).
This is David,
our eldest son. He's joined us in the Baltic for 4 weeks visiting Finland, Russia
and Estonia, he has helped on our shake-down cruises in the LR area aboard Ruby
Tuesday in 2005, has sailed in Galicia during 2006 and visited us on Madeira in
Here he can be seen ready to release the spinnaker if our speed becomes excessive
(that means any more frightening) as we have never travelled at 10 knots before.
walking in the forects in Galicia
Sister Margaret + Nigel
Margaret and Nigel visit most years, and so have sailed on Ruby Tuesday with us
in La Rochelle, La Coruna and Lagos. As well as the UK of course, but on Mithril.
Eve on the helm racing.
2008 was Eve's first vist sailing since the mid eighties. She visited us in Lagos
and joined us for the club regatta on the Sunday. Here she is on the helm approaching
one of the turning marks.