Skipper, Michael (M in this blog), has been sailing dinghies and windsurfers and crewing on other boats on and off for a long time – mostly ‘off’. He has owned cruising boats for aboutsix years but never anything as big and smart and new as “Henrietta”. M is really just a sailing obsessive, now living aboard almost all the time. Others join him on board sometimes. (Like many solo sailing men, he dreams about mermaids.)
In the first month, June 2015, several cheerful ‘tried and trusted’ sailors were welcome aboard: Anna, Andrew A, Margie, John F and Paul H……and others to admire, say nice things and usually have a drink. Yet more have come aboard in the next few weeks, while still in England: Nigel, Bob, Andrew again, and Claire and Julia (for the river trip on the River Dart.
Once the little adventure started, Stuart G and Bob S were experienced and reliable crew, with Bob staying till Portugal, and unphased by the vagaries of North Atlantic autumn.
Anna, forever uncritical and calm, was my main source of knowledge for natural history, and till late 2016 spent spells aboard in Canaries and Caribbean. Sons, Johnny and George, and other family and friends have crewed in Caribbean and England. In the absence of an elusive mermaid, M sails oceans on his own.