Casting off the lines…

by Adrian on July 1, 2014

Well, we finally slipped the lines and left the UK. After four years of planning and two years living on the boat getting it ready to go around the world, on July 1st 2014 we slipped our lines from Portsmouth and started to head south.

leaving portsmouth for the last time

It is always meant to be a big symbolic moment, but it was quite easy as we both feel prepared and happy to get going.

In a few months when we start the Atlantic crossing we’ll properly enter a new phase of our lives – not living in a house, but living aboard as we travel and explore the world. We’ll be back and forth to the UK I’m sure, and money will dictate periods of work, but if you’re going to do something you have to do it properly, and we want to do this whilst we’re (relatively) young enough, fit enough and brave enough to take on these new adventures.

People and friends we’ve met cruising over the last few years have invariably been in their mid 50’s to 60’s and without exception have all wished they’d done it earlier. So, since we’re unencumbered by kids and have worked hard to extract ourselves (kind of) from houses and landly ties, we’re going to give it a go and become wanderers and see where our lives take us.

Over the summer we’re moving the boat down to the Canaries in stages so I can fly back to the UK every couple of weeks and continue to work up until November.

Our first leg is taking us across to Brittany, where if possible we want to spend a few days on the legendary south Brittany coast. In a suitable weather window we’ll head across Biscay to a Coruña on the northern Spanish coast where we’ll leave the boat for 3 weeks before continuing south down the Portuguese coast.

sling the hook

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Neil and Cha July 16, 2014 at 06:52

Haven’t checked in to your blog for a while so we read with envy of your setting sail for the world! Good luck and best wishes, we will be reading with interest!
Neil and Cha (T Wells)


paul July 9, 2014 at 04:35


may calm seas and fair winds find you!!!


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