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U3A members sailing into the sunset
Every year for the past 25 or so - up until the dreaded lockdown - your Groups Coordinator and Webmaster (on the far right) joined a "band of brothers" coyly known as The SAGA Sailors to sail on the briny in various foreign or local parts. There are always between 5 and 7 of us and we charter a yacht - typically 37 - 41 feet in length - for a week of fun sailing - often including cross-channel trips and frequently sailing through the night, cooking and living on board, whatever the weather. Nowadays we are all getting a little more staid and so tend not to undertake the overnight trips. We have sailed in the Baltic twice; around the Inner Hebrides and in multiple locations along the UK South Coast and in France. It just goes to prove that sailing keeps mind and body alert and that you are always ready to take on a new challenge if you are in U3A! We have just returned from a successful (but not incident-free) week sailing from Hamble to Swanage. We always reckon to return the yacht in better condition than when we took it over and this week was no exception. With three engineers on board we always manage to fix things when they break. However one year we had to call on the sailor's AA service - Seastart - when the cooling water intake became blocked....