After selling his Sadler 29, Yachting Monthly editor Theo Stocker is still determined to sail. He considers the options, as he presents the June 2022 issue
White clouds creep across a bright blue sky outside my window as I write this.
Seagulls flit above the sprouting trees, enlivened by the blustery westerly breeze.
The feeling of excited restlessness this elicits makes it almost impossible to sit still at my desk, just as it would when a schoolboy stared out the classroom window on a windy day.
Does anyone else recognize this feeling?
When I go down to the marina later, the wind will be whistling through the masts, the sunlight bouncing off the waves farther.
On a day like today, I can’t wait to get out on the water.
It’s the first spring in a while, however, that I’m not worried about antifouling and refit dates, having sold our boat over the winter to make way for child number two.
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Instead, I’m going to tinker around in a little clinker canoe to teach my son how to sail and find other ways to sail on friends’ boats, or maybe a charter vacation.
The greatest adventures will have to wait for now.
Andy du Port’s advice on crossing the Channel does not assure me that selling was the right decision; the passage is little more than a day’s sail from Portsmouth to Poole, he reminds us (p32).
A jump and a jump and we would be in Brittany…
The question of what the next boat will be promises to fill many happy hours of daydreaming.
Cruising ambitions, moorings and budget will all play a role, but the 20-year-old Maxi 1000 that Graham Snook reviewed for us this month could be a great option (p72).
Either way, I know it won’t be long before there’s a cruise ship in the family again.
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