Welcome to the Sailaway
Web Site 2021
Ann and I hope you enjoy the site, it was created initially to
keep our friends, and family informed of our progress and whereabouts. Our followers reside in all counties of the world,
Europe, has always been strong, as are the USA. However Asia, Eastern European and Russia continues to bring readers to our site. The number of followers have fallen off significantly, to around 3000 visitors per year over the past couple of years, understandably as there has been little or nothing new to read - hopefully our activities will increase and the sites activity change? We hope
the contents will continue to be of interest to you and many others,
be they dreamers, planners or just plain curious. You are still clearly
a mixture of individuals, moving through both recent and historic
Our recent, lack of activity is a result of failing health of Kevin over the last few years. We hope daily that our activity will increase again, but and now the body says "yes" but truly Covid is in control. With that in mind our initial view of "Do it before you cannot!" was still a good plan. In all honesty, this site may have now a limited future but it stands as a solid reference/reminder of what we have achieved and of coarse enjoyed!
Like many sailors "with salt in their blood", the ultimate
dream is to sail off into the sunset, enjoying the freedom to discover
or interact with various cultures and their way of life. I must
confess, we did not appreciate how many good friends we would find, or
would continue to make during our travels. Our current life style
was our dream for almost 12 years before we final left the UK in March
2007, our departure repetitively delayed for mainly "career
opportunities". Sailaway, a steel, Bruce Roberts, Offshore design
was initially purchased in 1996 in Cork, Ireland with that dream
in mind. The three of us, Ann, Sailaway and I, have covered a grand total of just over 25,000 sea miles together in total since 1996.
We saw in 2019 both knee replacements tested, the results very positive, both knees proven with all boat needs in fair and foul weather. In 2020 with the positive Carpal Tunnel surgery resolving both wrist and elbow issues, and of coarse Covid - 19, now stampeding in 2021. This year (2021) remains a completely uncertain with regard to Kevin's required work on his spine, as after an agreement to perform the surgery Covid-19 has pushed the promised surgery in 2021! Still with now two good knees, a strong, fully functional right wrist and elbow we are moving in the right direction - "there is always someone else worse off than oneself!"
Well, our plan for the remainder of 2021 is completely uncertain other than a known trip back to the UK by road, returning as soon as possible. Sailaway with then be taken to Cagliari for a lift out and quite a lot of work undertaken to bring her up to scratch.
After that only Covid knows what will be?
Please enjoy our site:
The Sailaway Section - This section describes our home and transport,
we left our "old life" in 2007 knowing our requirements would
be continuously changing, a position quite often never achieved
by those who dream of it. Sailaway therefore continues to change
to serve those requirements. This section is a little dated, I pledge in time, to update to our "current" Sailaway. To visit this section you can either
use the traditional links at the top of each page or use this link "Sailaway".
The Crew Section - This section gives an incite into how the dream
came about and developed into a reality. To visit this section you
can either use the traditional links at the top of the pages or use
this link "Crew".
The Logbook, is effectively a documentation of our adventures,
the places we visit along with our experiences and the people we
meet. This section for simplicity is subdivided into year, countries
or territories. To visit the content of these sections you can either
visit the traditional links at the top of the pages or use this link "Logbook".
The Route Listing is the final section in which we document our
whereabouts', position. distanced traveled. To visit this section
you can either use the traditional links at the top of the pages
or use this link "Route
Our personal message to our readers continues to
be "Do it, before you cannot!" Rest assured
when situations develop in life, what ever they are, there be little
or no warning at times - we are a perfect example of that! Defining them as challenges help you work out a way through, it is impossible at times to see what is around the next corner! If we had sat back until retirement, poor health would have seen us never undertake what we have achieved - we, have no regrets!
Our general rule as we enter our 14th year of
"wandering"continues to be, find a place of interest and
move on when the interest no longer exists. As we continue to drive across Europe it gives us more opportunities to both visit friends and "explore by road", however Covid-19 has brought this activity to a halt for obvious reasons.. We will, we hope, to
continue making lots of new friends of all nationalities, both travelers
like us and the "locals" where we visit.
It is our intention to answer communications whenever internet
access is available during our travels, so, if we seem slow to respond,
please be patient we will get to you as soon as we are able.
Our very best regards
Kevin & Ann Costello