All hands on deck

Get all the thrills of real sailing for little or no expense by volunteering as crew on a boat, writes Jasper Winn.

21st September, 2013
Leo Goolden and Isobel Barnes on the Silver Dove. Photo: Photo: Jasper Winn

The previous day we'd passed England's Land's End and set a course northwest towards the east coast of Ireland. In the favourable breeze Silver Dove kept up a steady five knots as we sailed through the darkness of the short July night and into a misty dawn. I'd been alone on watch for six hours and there were many more to go before we reached Dublin.

The skipper had told me to keep an eye...

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