2014 © Graham Rabbitts [You are welcome to use original material from this site, but the source should be acknowledged]
Dairne and Graham have both been sailing since the 1950s, when they sailed in Southampton Water.
At college, Dairne sailed her Enterprise with the college sailing Club. Graham joined Tynemouth sailing club and crewed in National 12s and International 14 dinghies.
Once married, we moved to Maidstone and sailed in National 12s there, eventually building a new N12 to my own design (Polynya). This was modified by friend Don Woof and his Warlock design went on to be a class winner.
After a brief sojourn in Lancashire, we returned to Tynemouth, and soon bought a 30ft wooden cruiser, Fay-
In 1981 we moved to Jersey, and took Fay-
In 1983 we returned to the Solent and joined Marchwood YC.
We kept Fay-
Later we assisted our eldest son, resident in Auckland, to purchase a 42ft cutter “True” in New Zealand. We have both cruised from Auckland to Bay of Islands and Great Barrier Island, with Iain, and on our own.
In 2014 we joined the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
In early 2012 Dairne suffered a serious stroke. We carried on sailing for a while, but the angle of heel especially when beating spoilt the enjoyment for her. So at the end of 2015, we bought Teal, a Hardy 36 Commodore motor boat, thoroughly described elsewhere n this website. Ariadne was put on the market an sold at the end of 2015, but we will still follow her adventures in the Golden Globe Race
This Log sets out some of our experiences in the hope that others may enjoy them, and perhaps learn from our mistakes!