In 2019 after seeing an advert for a boat for sale I made my first trip down to the Dee sailing club. After meeting Malcolm who was selling his boat ‘Clear Water’ and then meeting with Roy Sheriff and Mike Noonan, I decided to buy the boat and joined the club.
For the first few months I was quite happy going out just using the motor and getting used to the tides and channels in the Dee. I slowly started experimenting with the sails but only when the weather conditions were right. I met Richy Shakeshaft one day in the yard and asked him if he fancied joining me for a sail and between us over time we started to get the hang of it.
Things don’t always go to plan there’s a lot to learn and you should always ask for advice if your unsure of anything. I’ve been stuck in the mud while taking the wrong route back from my boat as the tide was coming in I honestly thought I wasn’t getting out.