Mediterranean Cruises

Ep1- Leaving a life on land and setting sail as a liveaboard.





The adventure begins!
This is the very first episode of ‘Sailing Fair Isle’, having sold our house and most of our possessions we are embarking on a trip around the world. Join us as we sail along the South coast of the UK to Plymouth to join ARC Portugal. A rally organised by the World Cruising Club to sail from Plymouth to Lagos in the Algarve.
In this episode we sail the whole Southern coast of England spending time in the Solent, the mecca of British sailing. Play with seals in a fantastic anchorage on the Isle of Wight, Newtown Creek. We visit some of our favorite UK ports such as Dartmouth, Salcombe and Torbay. This is a shake down cruise to prepare to take on the Bay of Biscay sailing from Plymouth direct to Bayona in Spain.
What we don’t know is that the whole fleet will be scattered by a force 10 storm in Southern Biscay and we will be faced with very difficult sea conditions in the notorious Bay of Biscay.
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OUR ADVENTURE:
We are sailing slowly around the world in our classic cutter rigged sailboat ‘Fair Isle’. With the children leaving home we decided to sell our house in the UK and buy a boat in Holland. After two years refitting our Hans Christian 48T we have now set off a world voyage.

We are retiring early because we want to attempt this voyage in good health and while we’re fit and strong enough to really enjoy it. We will have to work a bit as we go until we can draw our pensions and we honestly don’t know how well that will work. In our real lives we are journalists and filmmakers so it was only natural for use to document our travels by filming the journey. We aim to produce a professional standard vlog of the whole trip and try to give the viewer a real insight into what it’s like to live and travel on a 48 foot sailboat.

Our first aim is to sail South. After a winter getting iced in on the Markermeer in the Netherlands Judy insisted on warmer weather! So if you start from Episode 1 you will see us setting off from Eastbourne in the UK and travelling along the South Coast to Plymouth to enter a rally called ARC Portugal.

Our first goal is to reach the Mediterranean and that means sailing across the infamous Bay of Biscay. This was a very good test for our boat as the bay lived up to it’s fearsome reputation and split the whole fleet with a force 10 storm. Storm Miguel cut through our path and meant we had to run to mainland Spain to escape the massive seas and fearsome winds. Six boats couldn’t make it in time and spent several very uncomfortable days at sea. The fleet had several broken boats, but thankfully no injured people. And this was just Episode 2!

The excitement continued for the rest of our trip to the Med. Dolphins played in our bow wave, we sampled fantastic local foods and wines, great port in Porto! We found some beautiful anchorages and visit some wonderful historic places like Lisbon in Portugal, Cadiz in Spain and the fascinating port of Gibraltar.

We will show you what it’s like to winter in the Mediterranean, how much it all costs and give hints and tips on where to go how to save money with your boat and the places you stay. We are also talking to other sailors. After years of broadcasting journalism we know how to get peoples stories and we regularly film other sailors to show their boats and lifestyle as well as ours. We can always learn from others.

Our long term plan is to spend a few years in the Mediterranean, on our list of place we want to visit are; Mallorca, Malta, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Italy, Tunisia, to name but a few!
When we feel we’ve seen the best of what the Med has to offer we will cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean, and on to the Pacific.

We have no timescale for our circumnavigation, we will just keep going until we’re to old to pull the sails up!

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43 comments

  1. Beautiful boat and lovely scenery, engaging hosts, well written script and polished narration, excellent editing and sound balance. And … lovely sailing too! What’s not to love about this? 🙂

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  2. Hi guys – I have been following your adventures and I love it! Your videos and blogs are great and so interesting. Can I please ask you a question? Are you using Google maps in your videos or another map software? It's always so helpful to see a map and the route when someone is sailing or traveling to see a visual and understand the location. I'd love to learn what you are using. Fair winds and following seas! Danielle

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  3. This is like a professional programme you would find on BBC 1

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  4. @ 4.55 you got the wrong ship 😳

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  5. AWSOME!!!

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  6. That was HMS Warrior, not HMS Victory

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  7. Through this crazy time in our lives I found your channel. I am currently setting my 5 year ready plan for sailing. Keel Boating class next month. The plan is to mono during the 5 years developing my skills. We live on Florida’s Gulf Coast and realize how fortunate we are. While enjoying your content my focus is camera placement, editing, framing well I’m going to school. I studied production at a University. ☹️ family business didn’t call for much of my skills until the wide use of the internet. Channel building on YouTube is my next endeavor so school away. BTW love your ORGANIZED playlist

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  8. You won a watch there Steve 👌🏾, I’m new to your channel and I once suggested to the Misses about selling up and buying a live aboard she didn’t share the same enthusiasm as I did 🤷‍♂️

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  9. Beautiful places to moor up, very enjoyable 😁👌

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  10. The seals will come right up to boats that are fishing crab here in S.W. Canadian coast.They expect you to chuck the bait when done and they sometimes will eat it.Enjoying all your vids! CHEERS

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  11. Have you ever taken Fair isle to Fairisle, that’s a lovely place to visit

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  12. Wonderful episode. I just started following your channel this week and am looking forward to watching your journey and joining vicariously. Safe travels!

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  13. Beautiful boat , what is the name of the builder and how big is it.

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  14. Absolutely lovely documentary, you voice it’s so relaxed and gentle that it’s like listening a podcast and seeing a video documentary at the same time. Thanks for sharing I subscribed so I will be following you, by the way, I’m in Sines Bay in Portugal west coast. Look for S V Noah in the Leisure arbor 😉 goodspeed an good winds

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  15. Good morning! In this period of Covid-19 I surf the web rather than the Mediterranean with my boat. So I discovered your youtube channel: very well made videos, professional I would say! Your boat is splendid and I will therefore follow you in the future. Fair winds from an old passionate sailor.

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  16. Wonderful camera work! You could be professionals!

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  17. Your boat is stunning i share your thoughts on newtown creek along with the beaulieu river opposite is also stunning .

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  18. interesting to follow you. very nice boat. Intends to sail down to the Mediterranean at retirement in 8 years. prepares the boat bit by bit and ourselves with everything required. has only one Albin 79 26 feet, but it will be fully capable for us.

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  19. 1:09 Correct me if im wrong but im pretty sure thats the Isle of Wight Needles point?

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  20. Do ships in England stick to the left when going up rivers and channels?

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  21. Greetings from a land-locked sailor in Carstairs Alberta Canada! Enjoy your videos. Thank you!

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  22. Gorgeous boat – Bristol!

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  23. I am so glad to have found your channel, I am now a cripple in a wheelchair, but my life pre accident was sailing, and your channel reminds me of that life, thank you

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  24. Cornish Pasty faux pas alert!
    Always, always… Sorry NEVER ever eat a pasty from a plate!
    NEVER eat them with cutlery!

    They were designed for Cornish tin miners to eat one handed, from a paper bag, on the go. But seamen are also allowed at a stretch.
    The thick edge was indeed a handle. But made to throw away because of the arsenic residue on their fingers.
    It's a fully balanced meal 25% beef, 25% veg (NO carrots!) and 50% pastry. No fries or chips needed.
    It has "geographic indication". Meaning that they can't be made in the champagne or bordeau districts of France nor speyside or islay. Only Cornwall.

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  25. There's a small vessel route through the submarine barrier between the Solent forts and the land. Sometimes a bit white knuckling for deeper draughts as there's not much water East of it.
    Ahhh The "Submarine Barrier!" legend!
    Now I'm not saying there was never such a role between those defensive forts but….
    Sorry.
    Wait for it.
    It's a very old block wall a few feet high. A barrier…. that is sub…. marine. A sub sea surface barrier. Just like submarine cables are nothing to do with Trident.

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  26. Nice yacht

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  27. This is like traveling around England without leaving West Australia it’s a cracking video thank you

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  28. Robin Graham, a 16-yr old American, circumnavigated the world single handled in 1965. I don’t think he did it non-stop though. Read his fascinating book, “Dove”.

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  29. She's perfect, and so is Fair Isle.

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  30. I grounded (slightly) in Newtown.
    There. I'm outed.

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  31. Stunning binnacle.

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  32. gosport yachting ctre

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  33. merci beaucoup

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  34. is yer galley as hi as 6ft 5 in?

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  35. Very nice boat .

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  36. nice video thanks

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  37. Could you say how much the different prices for anchoring up at the various places as a lot of people probably think it's free

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  38. Fair Isle is such a beautiful boat! Seeing it always makes me take a breath!

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  39. Thanks.

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  40. more of the same.
    good luck anyway.

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  41. Lovely boat

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  42. Just had a bad day at work and found your video inspirational. I'm off to buy a boat 🙂 inmy dreams !!!

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  43. Hello guys,
    Hope you're doing well and that lockdown in Spain will ease.
    Can you tell me wich is the depth of the access channel from Mediterranean to the Mar Interior ?
    After watching your videos, I wish to go sail there, but cannot exceed 1.9 meters…
    Kind regards
    Luis

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