Wake me up when September ends!
Obviously the ‘Muso Folk’ will know it’s a well known song but when September does end Atlas Sailing will be based in la Linea de la Concepcion, Spain.
I’ve decided that the way forward with the business is to relocate. Although the business has continually year on year improved and I am very proud to say I was also THE FIRST to bring International Yacht Training (both practical and theoretical) not only to England but to Lancashire there are a huge number of reasons I need to move base.
Many of the reasons aren’t really for discussion in the public forum but two of them I must mention are the constantly decreasing size of the channel to the marina at Fleetwood which for a yacht the size of Atlas can be somewhat awkward and also when I was once asking to speak with ABP management regarding another matter I was told by a member of staff that I shouldn’t because they would increase my mooring fees which to me felt like they were holding me to ransom.
Not wishing to tar everyone with the same brush, I have nothing but praise for the chaps on the lock head and Simon & Daryl who actually run the marina. They are absolutely brilliant.
As mentioned though the other reasons I’m just brushing aside and focusing as I always do in moving forward with nothing but a positive outlook.
Another factor, unfortunately, is the weather.
I knew prior to starting that the weather would be a challenge and it was part of the territory but this year has been horrendous and I have had to postpone sailings on numerous occasions that were more than the norm.
Being based in Spain the only concern with the weather is to make sure your put enough sun cream on AND THAT is a problem I welcome with open arms.
Why La Linea?
After weighing up my options and the general weather conditions for the year I decided that being based at La Linea would offer very good year round conditions and the cruising options are VERY APPEALING with places like Gibraltar, Portugal, North Africa and the eastern coast of Andalucia places to be included on our voyages.
I also decided that I would concentrate on both the 7 day sailing adventure holidays and the training side of the business instead of general sailing days. The accessibility was also a factor to consider and La linea again came up trumps with 4 flights per week to Gibraltar and a transfer time to the marina of LITERALLY 5 minutes it was an absolute no brainer.
We will be setting sail from Fleetwood in the middle of September ready for our first scheduled cruise at the beginning of October. Although the yacht will be in La Linea permanently I will be flying back and forward from the UK as the schedule dictates so I will be able to still attend many of the networking meetings I attend and still see some of the ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC PEOPLE I have have the pleasure coming into contact with.
The picture above shows in the foreground our marina at La linea with the Rock of Gibraltar to the upper left of it.
Across the bay to the right is Algeciras and to the top of the picture is the coast of North Africa.
I love Lancashire and England but unfortunately as far as the weather goes there is just no comparison.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing some of you out there?
Have a peep at the schedule CLICK HERE
Ps I’d be eternally grateful if you could share this post. Ta very much ;-)