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What floats your boat? What kind of water baby are you?

Family Sailing

What floats your boat? Are you a water baby? I’m not. Not naturally anyway. Yet some of the best moments of my life have come from my kids enjoying messing about on the water. In this post, brought to you in association with Look Insurance, I’ve been thinking about’ ‘What floats my boat?‘ and how the [...]

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Family Sailing: 4 Great Places to Learn to Sail

Family Sailing in Scotland, rouding Cumbrae

Family Sailing: 4 Great Places to Learn to Sail Have you ever considered sailing off into the sunset with the kids? So what if you can’t tell your “lee ho” from your “ready about”… don’t let that put you off. Like anything, it just takes tuition and perseverance to pick up the necessary skills and [...]

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Happy fish! L’Estartit and Medes Islands

Looking at the fish in the glass bottom boat

Happy fish! L’Estartit and Medes Islands ‘Happy’ is something of a buzzword in Costa Brava’s L’Estartit. Everyone uses it. Locals believe that their connection to nature and the sea promotes a happier, healthier community.  They even apply this theory to the fish; happy fish? Which is why Matthew and I find ourselves in a glass bottom [...]

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Adventures for Men: One to One Father Son Adventures

Father helps son jump between rocks

Adventures for Men: One to One Father Son Adventures A new business venture is setting out to transform the relationships of fathers and sons. Using the Scottish outdoors as a playground, Adventures for Men will give lads and dads the encouragement and space to get to know each other better and build the foundations for [...]

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Talking Point 19: Fishing for experiences

Fishing Eskifjordur

Talking Point 19: Fishing for experiences I’m fortunate (or is it unfortunate) enough to have never had to fish for my supper. I’ve never had to bait up a line, cast off, reel in or gut a fish. I’ve never really driven a motor boat either. So perhaps it was a little foolish of us [...]

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Whales, Puffins and Sails in Husavik

North Sailing Fleet Husavik Whale Watching

Husavik in North Iceland is a magnet for mammals roaming about in cold water, and for tourists roaming about on whale watching boats trying to spot them. North Sailing offer a novel yet traditional slant on this increasingly popular activity, so we climbed on board one of their twin masted schooners for a bit of whale [...]

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High and dry at the end of our family sailing school

Sailing an uneasy partnership

High and dry at the end of our family sailing school Life on the ocean waves Day 5. High & dry in Largs Day 5 is cancelled. Well all tuition and sailing are anyway. Breakfast is however served in the marina café. Scottish sausage, bacon and eggs. It’s never tasted so good. Over coffee Simon [...]

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Titanic?? We’ve all got that sinking feeling

RNLI rescue - boarding the yacht

Titanic?? We’ve all got that sinking feeling A life on the ocean waves: Day 4 Portovadie – Largs Stuart and I sneak off to the posh toilets for a shower, and then back to the bar for an early morning coffee, leaving the two instructors to babysit. When we come back there is breakfast on [...]

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You seriously expect me to take the helm? At Portovadie

Portovadie Marina, Scotland

You seriously expect me to take the helm? It’s day 3 of our Scottish learn to sail experience and we’re off to Portovadie Marina. And just as I am starting to relax, safe in the knowledge that it’s Stuart that’s training to be a skipper and not me, I find that I am asked to [...]

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Which way does the wind blow? Sailing in Scotland

All aboard in Rothesay

Which way does the wind blow? It’s day 2 of our Sailing in Scotland adventure and we’re on the go again. Day 1 was too windy, and I’m glad the wind has dropped a little, enough for us to take the helm apparently. For us to take the helm? No one told me I was [...]

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