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I was a latecomer to sailing - joined a charter with friends in Croatia about 15 years ago, then one in Spain... and loved it. I thought dinghy sailing would be a good way to learn more, so joined a course run by Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club at Piddinghoe pond :-)

I fairly soon started racing, not dinghies but on a 32 foot Beneteau. Then joined a syndicate of four sharing a Squib - lovely boat to learn in! For some years I also had a share in a boat in the Caribbean and spent several weeks each year hanging out in the Windward Islands.

More recently I joined Brighton Marina Yacht Club and have been racing there on Sundays. Then I discovered Brighton Belle and became a member in late 2016. During 2017 I did several trips on BB and had a fabulous time - on Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera; sailing 500nm from Madeira to the Azores; a week's 'pontoon bashing' in the Solent; and a great week sailing from Brighton to Amsterdam.

I love being part of BBSC. Apart from the sailing, I really enjoy pottering around on BB and doing those bits of maintenance that I am capable of doing... I love learning new things, and there's always something new to learn on BB.

Wonderful Scottish West Coast - 11 to 18 August 2018


Blog author: Mike Maddox My recipe for a successful Brighton Belle cruise includes: opportunities to develop sailing (and boat handling) skills; practising pilotage / navigation; exploring remote areas – the history, geography, wildlife etc. … all while having fun in a team of like-minded people … and, of course, enjoying fine food! The Oban–Oban c...
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La Palma Carnival Cruise

View of Mount Teide on Tenerife: 3,718m high, the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic

What a great week we had – and thank you to Skipper Paul for organising this special trip that gave us a chance to visit three islands and to experience a very special carnival celebration on La Palma. We arrived on Tenerife to take over Brighton Belle from Julie and Pete, who had given her lots of TLC the previous week – beautifully scrubbed deck,...
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