Dolphin spotting

Seeing dolphins is something special. It’s especially amazing when a pod follows your sailing boat and plays and jumps and is quite obviously saying hello.

We’ve had this experience a few times, but one place in particular has never failed to bring about our favourite team of dolphins. The stretch of coast between Berry Head and Dartmouth is great for dolphins. I’ve circled in pink on the map below.

Map showing area to see dolphins near Torbay and Dartmouth
Best place to see dolphins

I managed to get this film, showing one doing a jump just off the stern of our boat. Other times I either haven’t had my phone or not been quick enough. But most of the time I just don’t want to take my eyes off them whilst getting my phone out. This time I was lucky, I was taking some photos and they just popped up.

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The right size boat?

When choosing Lady Jo as mine and Claire’s first boat last summer, we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted,  but one particular thing we were unsure of was size – how big did we need her to be so that she  could work well for us and what were the compromises that came along with going for a boat of a certain size?

We knew there were couple of things that we didn’t need her to be which helped  –

  1. We had no desire to race our boat, so absolute performance, a size, layout and/or features suited to this didn’t come into our decision.
  2. We weren’t going to cross oceans in this, our first boat together – this boat was going to help us learn about sailing and explore the South Devon coast, maybe a little beyond, but no Atlantic crossings for us (just yet).

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Bon voyage!

Tea on the sea sailing

Hello, thanks for stopping by this new blog all about sailing our 30 foot boat from Torquay and making tea, lunch, dinner – just about anything – in our very teeny kitchen abroad.

sailing in Torbay

I’m Claire, I just started sailing. A year ago I’d never pulled a rope, put out the fenders, or made an entry into a log book. That changed when I meet Ollie. He’s very into sailing boats. So much so, that for our honeymoon we somehow ended up going on a week’s sailing course, with me getting Competent Crew and he Day Skipper.

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