Yachting in our Cornish Crabber 24
I’ve been sailing since I was born, 16 years ago. My parents had a Cornish Crabber 24, called Mordialloc, which they kept in Poole Harbour for years. We then moved her to St Mawes where we kept her for a few years. We spent long holidays in St Mawes day sailing. When I was 5 we moved Mordialloc to Bosham Channel in Chichester Harbour. This was when we started staying onboard for nights.
We soon grew out of the Crabber and bought Rhùm, a 36 foot Beneteau which we keep on our mooring in Bosham. With a larger boat, I could have my own cabin – no more sharing with my brother! Over the next few years, we explored the Solent but never going further than Keyhaven.
When I was 8 my parents bought me my first Optimist and from then on most weekends have been spent dinghy sailing. I progressed through the Optimist Zone Squads and got into the Optimist Intermediate Squad last winter. Realising that I was getting too big for Oppies I moved into Laser 4.7s. I am now in the Laser 4.7 National Summer Squad and will be representing GBR in the Laser 4.7 World Championships this summer in Belgium. I also team race with my school in Fireflies every week.
Last year we finally ventured out of the Solent in a cruise to Poole. I plan to cruise more extensively when I am older and would like to visit Antarctica, Greenland and everywhere in between! I have joined the Royal Navy Cadets which provides lots of sailing opportunities.
The start of my journalism
My journalism career started last summer with an article about a cup holder for cockpits and since then I have written lots more articles on a range of topics. I have self published my first book, which was then republished by Bloomsbury as Reading the Clouds and when I am older, I plan to live on a boat!
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