Watery adventures of a different kind

Credit: Haven Knox-Johnston

Late autumn last year I headed to Leicestershire and embarked on an altogether different experience out on the water. I was invited to spend a couple of days on a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal and, although that may seem like a world away from ocean racing, I was to discover that there were more similarities than I imagined.

I joined Rich and Fran, from Floating Our Boat fame, on their 58’ boat Laura Maisie as they taught me the basics of canal boating. As a complete newbie to narrow boat life, I had much to learn.  

If you are considering your next adventure, why not give narrow boating a try? The first of two episodes following my time onboard Laura Maisie are now available to watch here. I loved my short time on the waterways and hope this inspires others to explore this unique and beautiful environment.

Dee Caffari

British yachtswoman Dee Caffari is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

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