Welcome to the Sailaway
Web Site 2020
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, Asia and Eastern Europe continues. The number of followers have fallen off significantly over the past couple of years, understandably as there has been little or nothing new to read - hopefully interest will 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 realistically that is very unlikely. With that in mind our initial view of "Do it before you cannot!" was a good plan as had we waited, poor health would have caught us up and the fact is, we would never have had the experiences we have been through. In all honesty, this site has now a limited future and is becoming more of a 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. We 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. With also now the surgery on the right wrist (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) now complete and extremely positive and strength reinstated to both the wrist and elbow. This year (2020) remains a little 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 a strong, fully functional right wrist and arm we are moving in the right direction - "there is always someone else worse off than oneself!"
Well, our plan for the remainder of 2020 is to fit our new canvas manufactured in the UK by our original supplier (Starrar Marine - Newcastle Upon Tyne) after 21 years of service, a new spray hood and sail stacker pack. They looked great in the workshop, lets see how they look "fitted" after Kevin's finished with them? There is the engine, gearbox and fuel system to service, the hull to clean as she has stood for 12 months and of coarse the paint work to touch up - then sailing! It goes without says the main task of this year and next is to stay clear of Covid-19 a task we feel easier to undertake outside of the UK - shame?
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