As a final post for the year, I thought I’d look back on this year’s voyages and below are some of my favourite pics from 2017.
Starting with New Years 2017 in Martinique, we sailed our way along the Caribbean, popping in to Montserrat for St Patrick’s Day, then up to Sint Maarten to prepare for our North Atlantic crossing. In May we departed sailing three weeks across the Atlantic to the Azores. In July after another week at sea under grey skies, we arrived on the south coast of Ireland. In August we sailed up Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coast to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Down to Dublin then across to Wales and England, ending our long voyage from the Caribbean here at Gosport.
Since the last post, I managed a trip home to hug my family, and we’ve spent plenty of sunny, but cold, days walking and cycling our way around the coast of Hampshire. A short trip through the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside we visited the villages of Painswick and Slad, and the larger towns of Stroud, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath and Oxford. Now as winter is upon us and most of the UK has had more than a dusting of snow, we look forward to a white Christmas with friends and Hogmanay in Scotland! With only a few more months till Blue Heeler is back out sailing, planning for our trip to Scandinavia next summer is also underway.
To our family, friends and everyone following this blog we wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. Fair winds for 2018!
Ally & Wayne