Author Archives: Burch Family Sailing

Last Words – our final blog entry

We hope that the descriptions of the places we’ve visited have resonated with you. Perhaps they have reminded you of places which are special to you. Such places become important symbols of freedom for each of us. The evening after … Continue reading

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Final days on Rafiki

Oh, our lovely boat Rafiki! We have been getting used to doing without possessions, but does Rafiki count as such?  In fact, she is one of the most expensive possessions we’ve owned. But she has also been our home for … Continue reading

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Scilly Cruise (July 2013) – Swimming with Seals

Our final few days in Scilly held a few treats in store. First, an early morning cruise in Rafiki around the Bishop Rock lighthouse.  We kept well off it – the rocks looked ferocious!  We saw more seals, basking on … Continue reading

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Scilly Cruise (July 2013) – Tresco, Bryher and Round Island

With some deep breaths and fingers crossed we navigated the slightly tricky passage up the Tresco channel to New Grimsby.  With Rafiki’s draught, we had to get tide timings spot on. We spent some thoroughly enjoyable days exploring Tresco, including a … Continue reading

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Scilly Cruise (July 2013) – St Mary’s, St Agnes and The Gugh

Approaching St. Mary’s, our first impressions were of a wild, rugged Atlantic island.  Although very beautiful in the sunshine, it is not hard to imagine how inhospitable these islands must be for sailors in bad weather: There are tales of … Continue reading

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Setting Sail Again (July 2013)

Back onto board again, back to the simple life! We quickly fell into our straight forward routine of 2 to 3 hours of school in the morning and then a walk or an explore in the afternoon, with modest sailing ambitions.  Only … Continue reading

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2 weeks on dry land (mid to end of June 2013)

(Cally writes:) On 14 June I flew back to the UK. The following day was my birthday and a perfect introduction to our (brief) re-encounter with landlubbing life in England: a long hot bath, strawberry picking, a pub lunch and … Continue reading

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