Where do I begin? Maybe at the beginning?
Anybody who has read my blog before will be familiar with my bushcraft and survival background. This blog, or its new theme at least, is all about sailing.
Sailing? I hear you cry ...
Well my friend, that's a long story. It seems when I left the army I carried a few battle scars that were not so visible and recently I had a bit of a break down and was diagnosed with PTSD.
For me mindfulness and being able to live in the moment have proven to be great aids in fighting off the insidious effects of PTSD.
Back in the day, bushcraft gave me that outlet but after my move to Portsmouth and there onward that outlet was gone. Huge emotional turmoil and life changes compounded the problem. Grief and guilt piled in with maybe not so unpredictable results. I suppose it was inevitable that eventually something would snap.
Fortunately for me I have a very clever wife who has a sailing background and she realised sailing would give me back that which I had lost.
Hence earlier this year we bought Apache Chieftain, a Westerly Chieftain, in need of a bit of TLC.
The Westerly Chieftain is a British built sloop, built in the 1970s, she a rare beast to as only 75 were made. Twin keeled with a 1.3 meter draft she sails like a dream.
However Apache Chieftain seemed a bit to macho and aggressive for such a fine vessel so it was decided to rename her ...
Was the name decide upon.
She is a sweetheart too.
But she does need some TLC and at the moment that's where we are at.
And this is where the blog comes in ... hopefully I will be able to record everything that goes on ... Alskade, is my therapy, my hobby and hopefully she will be a magic carpet to an adventure or two.
So people, I hope you join me on the journey.