Tuesday 5 July 2016

5 in 5 - July 2016 - A sailing adventure

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

If you follow my blog you will know my love of the water and sailing.  So I was hugely excited to take part in a Round Britain Sailing Trip in aid of Macmillan nurses.  The trip was organised by First Class Sailing East Coast and two boats set off from Essex on 2nd May heading up the coast.  I followed their progress through videos and Facebook updates and was excited as my own journey approached.

I caught a coach to Plymouth marina where I caught up with two of the crew. With four on each boat, there would be eight of us in total including 2 skippers. I didn't know until the evening before that I was the only woman!  Luckily I was embraced as a team member and everyone got on really well.  We started off next day and stopped overnight at Brixton, Weymouth, Ramsgate and Burnham on Crouch. We opted to do a night sail rather than stop at Brighton, this proved character building as we sailed through a storm in relentless rain, and did 3 hour watches. Sadly I killed my mobile phone as I forgot it was in my waterproofs pocket and it turned out not to be waterproof in such awful weather.  A costly lesson but one I won't make again.

One of the highlights was being accompanied by a pod of dolphins. They swam in the bow, leapt along side and swam underneath. It lasted a breath-taking 5 minutes and was magical.  As I was at the helm I couldn't take photos but the skipper managed to take a video on the Go-Pro. You can even hear the dolphins talking to each other.

I was on the boat for 8 days in total and managed to complete quite a bit of my Competent Sailor qualification. One of the things this included was learning to tie knots and ropes are everywhere on a sailing boat. So I decided to use these as my theme for this months 5in5 photos:  


I had a great experience and learnt a lot. Having sailed before on Thames sailing barges I knew life is different at sea and we are dependant on tides and winds. This time I also learnt that we are sometimes dependant on an engine too, and that when this breaks down things don't go to plan. But it all adds to the adventure and experience. Congratulations to Colin Stracey for all his hard work organising this Round Britain Sailing Trip and for making this a worthwhile cause. I don't know the final figure donated to Macmillan Nurses, but I know Colin is thinking of doing this again next year so if you fancy taking part in one or more of the legs do let him know.

It is always fun to have company so if you feel inspired to take part in this photo challenge here is what you do:

1.  Choose a location.
2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).
4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.
5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.  

   Please note:
You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos to the link and you can take  your photos any time. They do not have to be taken or posted on 5th!

If you would like more information please go to the original post here where you will find more.


  1. It looks like a lovely day for sailing, and your photographs are fabulous! I love the detail shots. They'd all look great in a collage frame!

  2. Wow..how fantastic! And I don't just mean the photos; but also the story behind them. I'm hugely admiring of this big adventure.

  3. What a wonderful experience. You have some lovely photos and I like the rope and knot theme.

  4. Your photos are very beautiful -
    Many thanks for this challenge.
    I wish you success.

  5. We have been watching quite a few of the sail boats out on the lakes around us & we were thinking would that not be a fun learning experience / adventure. Nautical knots are so interesting not only by name but method of creating.

  6. Stunning photos ... So sharp and clear. I can almost smell the brine from here! I am as always in awe of the challenges you take on, Sandie - and admire hugely your adventuring spirit :).

  7. Wow, Sandie, how exciting for you.
    Joy x x

  8. Love your beautiful photos Sandie.
    What a fantastic adventure and experience -
    especially the Dolphins - lucky you!
    Did you go anywhere near Clacton?
    (going to upload (at last) my photos shortly)
    Have a great weekend
    Gill xx

  9. I think your love of sailing really shines through in these snapsshots - they are just stellar.

  10. Fantastic photos Sandie, and I'm glad to hear it was such a positive experience for you. Coincidentally, I photographed knots for next week's SNAP before seeing this post - great minds think alike!


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