We have now sold Pipit, but have left this website online as a reminder of our adventures and a reference for anyone following in our wake. If you enjoy reading our ramblings you can follow what happened next at BetweenBoats.com.
Welcome to the home page of YachtPipit.com, a record of our adventures and activities aboard Pipit, our 2003 Bavaria 36, as well as our shoreside exploits.
We became liveaboards in April 2010 and spent three years sailing from the UK to our target destination of the Ionian, Greece, where we subsequently spent two seasons sailing this idyllic cruising ground. En route to the Ionian, we lived aboard permanently, over-wintering in marinas in Brittany (La Roche Bernard), Portugal (Lagos) and then Sicily (Marina di Ragusa). The Ionian is very wet during the winters with frequent long spells of very heavy rain and violent thunderstorms so, once we'd reached the Ionian, after each pleasant cruising season, we spent our winters in Greece ashore in a villa with Pipit tucked up safely nearby.
In 2015, we both felt that full-time liveaboard life was no longer for us (you can read about our reasons for this here) so we returned to the UK to more conventional lives based in the heart of the lovely Cotswolds. We haven't 'swallowed the anchor' - we've just taken a big bite of it and intend to continue sailing Pipit from her base in the Ionian. We'll do this as often as we can but also wish to explore more of the diversely beautiful UK plus some of inland Europe and hope to take a travelling holiday to California, where Ann grew up, at some point in the future.
This website was originally intended to enable family and friends to keep up-to-date with our adventure when we set sail from the UK, as well as serving as a personal record for ourselves. Over the five years that we lived aboard and cruised from the UK to Greece, we received emails from people around the world who enjoyed reading our ramblings, some of whom we've remained in regular contact with and who have become new friends. Having gleaned so much from other cruisers' websites or blogs before we set off, we felt pleased that we could 'put something back into the pot' and provide some useful information for other sailors who plan a similar adventure to ours. We both enjoy writing and hope our narratives continue to be entertaining.
You can read our log entries via the links on the left and access all other pages via the menu items above.
Our motto: "Carpe Diem In Vino Veritas" - "Fish of the day in an honest white wine sauce"
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