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I would like to thank you so much for the amazing sailing experiences I have had on board Pride of Mann 3 this summer.
I have had so many amazing experiences this summer sailing to so many different destinations. Some of the most memorable moments are: sailing to Ballycastle and going to visit the stunning Giant's Causeway, sailing all the way to the far South of Ireland towards Kinsale and Crosshaven. This trip was most memorable because we spent 2 full days (more then once) at sea and enjoyed 3 hour night watches. Sailing to the Clyde was most tranquil and we enjoyed, several times, dropping anchor and swimming.
These sailing experiences came at a time when I had been suffering this year with my health due to having Aspergers Syndrome and other disabilities. The trips certainly had positive on my mental health. Being at sea and enjoying the freedom of wind and sail, is a great chance to truly relax and find peace whilst being surrounded by a caring crew in a safe environment. Coming back from the trips I felt much better and positive about myself and better in my health.
I have developed a lot of my skills on the trips. I have increased my knowledge of sailing, the effect of the wind and sails - including how to use them, navigation and tide skills, using the helm and knowledge of using the radio equipment. I have also developed and noticed a number of improvements to my life skills as a result of the trips. These include coping better with change, working better as part of a team and increased confidence.
Thank you again so much for these wonderful sails and cruises and I really am looking forward to future trips.
We are saddened to inform you that one of our members Chris Copley has passed away very sudden. Our thoughts are with his wife Joanna, his sons Peter and Mark,family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
We are very greatful for the kind donation our charity received in memory of Chris.
First prize: Nr 40 - S Turner £25
Second prize: Nr 58 - S Jones. £12.50
Third prize: Nr 30 - R Killip. £8.50
We are still hoping for more new members to help boost SFTD funds AND to increase the prize money. Please consider joining or giving a friend a membership of the 100 club as a birthday present. You don’t have to be a member of SFTD to join the 100 Club !
I love going on the boat. The social interaction is just brilliant. You don't know who you are going to meet. I have had many enjoyable day trips and several longer trips of over a week.
We have had great fun, from the kettle needing replacing and also on this last trip, the time when Arne had to take apart the cooker as it was playing up. Yes, we did have our supper even though it was at least an hour late!
I hope the charity never gives up as it is so important to keep such a wonderful thing going. One of my favourite places is Ardglass where we sometimes call at a very interesting pub there. There is a feature of a well in the middle of the room. The staff are really friendly and we have had many a happy hour there after a good day's sailing.
I am so grateful to the Charity and to all the volunteers, for all the wonderful places I have seen and the opportunities to help crew, aboard the beautiful Pride of Mann III.