Galley Girl Tales is my blog all about the ups and downs of living and working on shore and on board boats in the professional yachting and motor cruising world.
After experiencing a great deal of weather and sailing a lot of miles around the coast of the UK, the last few years have taken me, along with the Skipper, to the sunny blue skies of the French Riviera, to the equally sunny Italian Riviera, and to the spectacular thunderstorms of the Tuscan coast, as well as enjoying extensive cruising around Sardinia and Corsica.
Three years ago we crossed the Atlantic, covering 4,000 miles from Antigua to Gibraltar. I was Galley Girl/Navigator and Deckhand as part of a crew of six in a Beneteau 50′ sailing yacht. It was an experience I would love to repeat
Until the last couple of years, although I had sailed a lot, crossed oceans and so on, I had never had contact with the yachting industry in a professional service capacity. (That’s longhand for I’ve never been a ‘hostess’ before.) In fact, I’m still not a hostess: I remain by choice a jack-of-all-trades galley girl, and deckhand.
Last season the skipper and I were in Turkey, enjoying the sunshine and the clear waters of the South Aegean. Sailors at heart, this was a departure for us: we were managing a luxury 72′ power boat for her owners and their guests. New country, new boat, new adventures…and plenty of glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes in the luxury yachting world.
The next adventure is going to take us to Sardinia for the winter. But before we leave in October, I’ll be posting a few stories about our wonderful summer in UK waters – a rare and welcome treat for us these days. From the Highland Western Isles to Falmouth Bay, we have covered the length of Britain.
And there’ll be a bit about Skipper’s epic cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats…
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