The instructions said report to the Tavern, so here I am.
Have been sailing for 30+ years and dreaming of making a long ocean passage for even longer. So far only achieved Lerwick (Shetland) to Lofoten Islands. The 500 plus miles gave me the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster qualification, which sounds impressive but it was really a near coastal cruise, I was within 25 to 30 hours of shelter the whole way. Did spend 8 years as skipper running a summer only charter business though and know the west coasts of UK and Norway fairly well.
Anyhow, have joined the Forum having retired from lecturing a couple of years ago and need to do that passage while I'm still fit enough. Am selling my Prout cat and have bought a 35ft long keel cutter, hence the name "Escapade" which came with the boat. The previous owner built her for ocean cruising, then used her as a summer house in a Med marina, so I aim to help the boat stretch its sea legs . . . At the moment she is at the other end of the UK, but I aim to launch her in the spring after fresh coats of epoxy below the waterline and Copperbot antifoul.
Having looked at some of the info this forum seems very useful. It has already led me to the US pilot atlases - very useful especially as a free download, so thanks.
That's probably enough for now.