Will I die ?

confused faceHello once more to you all.

The most common question I get asked by far is ………. How safe is it when we are out at sea?

I was chatting with a lady and gentleman a few days ago. They were enquiring about the Greek Island cruises in October and mentioned their main concern was how safe they would actually be when out at sea.

So, what I say is……. Sailing is a perfectly safe activity and you are far, far more likely to have an accident in your day to day life.


Generally speaking yachtsmen (and women) are VERY sensible and well trained people. Further to that, in my position as skipper of a commercial sea going vessel I have not only had to take quite stringent tests on sailing competence and awareness but also need to have regular medical check to continue as a commercial skipper. In addition to this , I personally have taken extra and above training in First Aid at sea and sea survival techniques.

The yacht is checked on a regular basis and I constantly monitor the weather. If the weather is looking as it could be somewhat ‘challenging’ I make a decision based on who is onboard on that particular day then decide whether to postpone.


Guests can always rest assured that they will never experience anything like the conditions I have simply because I wouldn’t let them. The reason I have been sailing in all conditions is to gain the experience to know that whatever happens when I have guests onboard I will be able to carry on in a safe manner having been there before.


Think about what you do on a day to day basis and how safe you actually are. Driving on a motorway HAS TO BE one of the most dangerous things we do day in day out. When on the motorway, or any road for that matter, how much in control are you of your own personal safety? You are reliant on 100’s of other people driving in a safe and competent manner.

Driving is just one example of the many daily pitfalls I could possibly mention. I can actually guarantee the safety of ALL guests when out sailing which is something that cannot be said for the motorways.

While I’m on the high horse I must mention about the way things ALWAYS need to be hyped up by the media. The most recent example of this is the way the weather people have been reporting the recent strong winds.

They had the need to refer to them as EX-Hurricane Bertha.

For the record these are some of the main factors involved in the formation of a hurricane:

  1. A source of warm, moist air derived from tropical oceans with sea surface temperatures normally in the region of, or in excess, of 27 °C;
  2. Winds near the ocean surface blowing from different directions converging and causing air to rise and storm clouds to form;
  3. Winds which do not vary greatly with height – known as low wind shear. This allows the storm clouds to rise vertically to high levels;
  4. Sufficient distance from the equator to provide spin or twist.

Milebuilder SailingIf you ever want to know about the weather ask a sailor. In this country we get strong winds and gales NOT hurricanes.


That’s about it for today. However if you are at a loose end tomorrow afternoon I’ll be on Radio Lancashire from around 1pm.


Apart from that if there’s anything of interest in what we do, like the Greek Cruises the lady was asking about, have a perusal of our schedule.



Have a great week and keep smiling.


Ps. There will be another #atlasworldcup type competition coming soon #faceache


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