Welcome to the Sailaway
Web Site 2017
Ann and I hope you enjoy the site, it was created initially to
keep our friends, and family informed of our progress and whereabouts,
it has increased slightly in popularity again, year on year. Our followers reside in all counties of the world,
Europe, has always been strong, the USA, Asia and Eastern Europe continues to
strengthen, with an emerging interest from Japan. We hope
the contents will continue to be of interest to you and many others,
be they dreamers, planners or just plain curious, it is clearly
a mixture of individuals, moving through both recent and historic
data. I have a personal task to do, to continue to increase the amount of mobile views.
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. We have covered a grand total of just over 24,000 sea miles in total since 1996.
In 2016 we had an appoint in Benidorm (Spain) with seven of our grand children. We left our base Marina de Ragusa in SW Sicily and travelled up the east coast, through the Messina Straights up to the Aeolian (Volcanic) Islands of Italy. From there we sailed west nonstop to Sardinia, and up the east and around the north coastline. Leaving from the north of Sardinia we crossed over to the Balearics and finally to Benidorm. After the family holiday, we returned east, crossing back through the Balearics and settling for the winter in Carloforte, Isola de San Pietro, SW Sardinia, a mere 1800 nautical miles.
2017 will see us drive back to SW Sardinia, spending a number of weeks to do so, visiting various places of interest over land.
Our lives are still dominated by my failing knees and now my left hand is now in need of surgery too. A complete knee replacement program is getting closer every month, at last, even the NHS agree to that! After much research and communication, the replacement program will bring in many restrictions, and probably retirement from this life style, where is still a question?.
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 travelled. 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. Defining them as challenges help you work out a way through, it is impossible at times to see what is around the next corner!
Our general rule as we enter our ninth year of
"wandering"continues to be, find a place of interest and
move on when the interest no longer exists. We will, we hope, to
continue making lots of new friends of all nationalities, both travellers
like us and the "locals" where we visit.
It is our intension 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