We bought Fairwinds in 2003, three days before we moved into our new home on Seil Island. Our first 'long' cruise took us across the Minch and up to Stornoway for the Hebridean Festival of Sail - you can see some pictures here.
The following year we circumnavigated Ireland, and you can see our online log of that trip here
In 2005 we sailed to Orkney then back down the Outer Hebrides to Barra and the islands South of Barra. We kept a weblog of this trip here, but unfortunately we never finished it . . . our log of this trip has been a lot more thorough and is now complete.
Fairwinds is a 1973 Albin Vega Mk II, sail no. 1842. We have upgraded her extensively for this trip. You can see further details of the boat and equipment by using the main menu at the top.
The crew? Well,there were just the two of us. I have a Yachtmaster with commercial endorsement and had recently been working as an RYA Cruisng Instructor running Day Skipper and Comp Crew courses. Kathy had her Day Skipper practical and over five thousand miles to her credit.
We started with very little in the cruising kitty but hope to have a regular income while cruising from renting out our house and from web design and income from our various websites. Again, more details elsewhere.