A new year at the Mull of Kintyre

Trilleen and I marked the arrival of New Years day during the shrouded darkness of a Scottish winter night rounding the Mull of Kintyre. The headland has an evil reputation for angry overfalling waves and eddies to often agitated by violent storms. This New Years morning though it was quiescent in the window between two … Read more

Waiting is part of sailing

Waiting is part of sailing. For weather, for tide through refit and during postponements of a race’s start. In all these I and every sailor, wait in eager expectation of the moment at which our vessel again cleaves the water, a growing wake behind her. These waits are mostly short, or at least have a … Read more

Boatyard disasters

Serious damage to jib foil after impact to Trilleen's rig

An incident during Trilleen’s recent launch has resulted in unrecoverable damage to her rig. This means I won’t be continuing my Round Britain and Ireland sail until she has a new mast in place. I’m still working through he full impact of the schedule changes and will keep you all up to date here and … Read more

Managing Incontinence at sea

Image is divided in two diagonally. The foreground is a wooden pontoon with a black trolley on it. The trolley is loaded with incontinence supplies. Behind is a boat moored alongside the pontoon.

As a disabled solo sailor circumnavigating the waters of the UK and Ireland, one of the challenges I’ve had to deal with is managing incontinence at sea. I have good news: it can be done, and done well, even on a tiny boat. My specific issues relate to a spinal injury, but I’ve learned that … Read more

Creating a more inclusive sailing community in the UK

Solo sailor Ian sits on the deck of his boat Trilleen. he is wearing large splints on his legs. IN the foreground on a pontoon is his wheelchair and next to the wheelchair is John Twomey, president of Irish Sailing who is a paraplegic and is also using a wheelchair.

As a solo disabled sailor, I have had the opportunity to explore many different marinas and anchorages around the UK. While some of these places have been accessible and welcoming, others have presented challenges due to a lack of accessibility in their design and infrastructure. Accessibility is not just about creating equal opportunities for people … Read more

The dark of night

Clear nights at sea fall as a diamond studded cloak over dusk. Planets and the navigation stars first among the revealed then the lesser lights before the great galactic smear of the Milky Way oozes into vision. The privilege of being a disabled person free to sail, to venture out into the wild, was never … Read more

From Galway Bay to Islay 

A 245 mile sail from Rossaveal, Galway Bay to Islay, Scotland, completed Trilleen’s passage round the west of Ireland. It’s good to have that bit of sailing finished before the weather closes down for the winter.   Trilleen and I had been loitering in Rossaveal on the north coast of Galway Bay for a few days … Read more