Ok, so we have made a plan to go south and escape the British winter. This will be quite an undertaking as South Star is not a small fiberglass yacht. She is a grand old lady of the sea and requires energy and effort just to keep her going on a day to day basis.
Since 2004 when I first bought her I have dreamed of sailing away. In fact that was what it was all about. The freedom of the open sea. Living by nature and her rules. The only problem was I bought a wreck and it has taken a decade to get her to sea going condition. Even then she is not ‘finished’. I guess with a ship like this you will never get to a point where you can say it’s done. You just say ‘well if we don’t go now we may never go’.
In a dream world we will be leaving in the summer. We have been accepted for the two traditional boat festivals of Brest and Dournanez – France. These are in July and we have the option to head south from there, across Biscay to Spain and Portugal. Or we could return to Cornwall for a couple of months and spend some more time with family and friends.
So once across Biscay we plan to visit the Ria’s of Northern Spain and then head down into Portugal and beyond.
Only thing is it’s the end of March and I have pulled a rib. This will take a few weeks to heal and as ever… there’s lots to do.