Friday, 30 March 2007

Clearing desk / paying bills!

Today I'm trying to clear my desk ready to abandon it for four months - what bliss!

I'm also managing a lot more money than I'm used to. I just realised that the dates have come due to pay the balances on another yacht charter and three training courses, one for me and two for Lois.

Meanwhile Esther and Lois are showing off knots they have learned to my nephew James' son Griffin. He's just got back from Italy where he's been hobnobbing with the Pope.

Must dash - off to pick up Zoe from Plymouth...

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Sabbatical Itinerary

2nd – 9th April GOCEK, Turkey c/o Portway Yacht Charters Turkey
Family cruise

9th – 21st April NAILSEA Research & Planning
14th April - CORD 40th anniversary celebrations @ Coventry Cathedral

21st April – 28th May FALMOUTH

21st - 28th April “Wild Betony” c/o Cornish Cruising
Brittany cruise

28th April – 5th May Mylor Study & Retreat

5th – 12th May “Pollyanna” c/o Cornish Cruising
Isles of Scilly cruise

12th – 20th May Mylor LOIS – Day Skipper Theory
Study & Retreat

20th – 25th May KEN- Yachtmaster Prep / LOIS- Day Skipper Practical
25th – 26th May Yachtmaster Exam

28th May – 9th June NAILSEA Holiday


9th – 16th June “Polbream” c/o Cornish Cruising

16th June – 28th June NAILSEA Holiday

28th June – 16th July SCOTLAND Portway Yacht charters

30th June – 7th July “Pipedreamer Six”
Mull, Iona, Staffa, Islay ??

7th – 14th July “Caitlin” and “Seventh Wave”
Mull, Iona, Staffa, Islay ??

16th – 21st July NAILSEA write up reflections & diaries etc.

21st – 28th July “Polbream” c/o Cornish Cruising

Sabbatical Preview

I have two main creative aims for my Sabbatical:

1 The first is to gain the qualification of RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore.

2 The second is to explore and develop the use of Sail Training for the Church in team building, leadership development, spiritual retreats, enviromental awareness and outreach.

I plan to take four months to allow time for a complete break from Parish Ministry, time to relax, time to travel and visit other projects and time to work at developing the ministry.

Initially I shall complete my training for the full Yachtmaster qualification.

I shall continue to charter a range of yachts in the UK and possibly abroad with different crews to trial the training models I am researching.

I will also visit a couple of Christian sail training organisations and I also plan to visit secular “Team Building” projects which use sailing as a basis for training.