Nick and Melisa Beck, of Topsail Adventures and their new Cutter 'Amelie Rose', invited me to join them in Fowey for the Pilot Cutter Review last Thursday. All the Cutters moored at Prime Cellars where a great party was put on by William and Arnie of 'Hesper'. Other Cutters present, with their crews, were 'Eve of St Mawes', 'Agnes', 'Annabel J', 'Polly Agatha'.
On Friday morning we set off in low visibility and fine rain, not as spectacular a sight for the locals as it might have been! The race was in two parts: 1 - Sailing in rain trying to get past Dodman Point and Nare Head, 2 - Glorious sunshine from Gull Rock around St Anthony and into 'mediterranean' St Mawes.
My name is Ken and I am an Anglican Vicar in St Mawes in Cornwall. We moved here in 2008 after 11 years in Nailsea, North Somerset.
I am married to Lois. We have three daughters, Mary, Esther and Zoe. We have a dog called Simba and a cat called Nala.
I started out in the Merchant Navy and then served for ten years with the Mission ship 'Logos'.
Lois and I were involved in refugee work with CORD in Thailand and Sudan. As a family we have lived in New Zealand. More recently we have been involved in a church link with Zambia.
I enjoy folk music and am a qualified yachtmaster and cruising instructor. We have been developing 'Serendipity Sailing' www.serendipitysailing.co.uk - a Christian initiative using offshore charter yachts for Spiritual Retreat and personal development.