How I came to be a sailor and be the proud owner of this little ship
This is the story of a little wooden boat which was destined for the wooden boats in the sky but with a bit of loving care and a lot of hard work will be able to keep on sailing and, hopefully will give us many more years of sailing pleasre, interspersed, I have no doubt, with a few moments of grief and worry, not to mention a hole in the bank account.
This boat is a Falmouth Pilot 24 6 ton bermudan sloop , designed by Warrington-Smythe and built in 1962 by the Falmouth boat construction company . She is carvel planked of pitch pine on oak frames and has a traditional long keel.
Renee in her home berth in Emsworth Marina
I am her 7th owner and until I bought her she was registered as No 303665 on the small ships register. I have now re-registered with a part 2 SSR No. as the original part 1 registration had lapsed. Her Original Name was" Godolphin " but ignoring the superstitions of changing a ship's name I have now named her Renee in memory of my dear departed mum, who would have been pretty chuffed at having a boat named after her.
The next few pages will cover how I came to go sailing for pleasure and ended up a proffessional sailor as RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, introducing novices to the skills required to sail a small boat at sea. I have also assisted many to hone their skills to achieve the much coveted Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. In the past 12 years, I have now clocked up over 40,000 miles and yet I've never crossed an ocean.http://www.learntosailwithme.co.uk