We left Alter in Preveza, Greece in October 2019 with the firm belief that we would return six months later. We travelled to Haiti to replenish our coffers flying on contract for the local airline, Sunrise Airways. We have both come to love Haiti but flying for Sunrise was not…

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Are you reading this because you want to? Or did you arrive here by a series of events that were beyond your control? We like to think that we are masters of our own destiny. Even when we are pummelled by outside forces that we have no control over, most…

…we motored across under a glowering sky.

The crossing from Porquerolles to Corsica drained both of us, in different ways. So, when the boat was secure in the bay at La Revellata, we had a cup of tea and some marmite on toast, before collapsing into bed for a grateful night’s sleep. The following morning brought a…

We woke to an unfamiliar motion. It was a calm morning off La Ciotat, with barely a ripple in the bay, but enough of a swell to remind us that we were no longer landlubbers.

After breakfast, we weighed anchor and set sail for Porquerolles, 30 miles away. The fresh…

On the afternoon of the 29th April 2019, Alter was finally ready to go back into the water. Diving cylinders had been bought and stowed, the gas barbecue fitted, the life raft secured to its new cradle on the pushpit, and the flag strung from its staff. We’d even had…

Lunch break under the boat.

Buying the boat was a bit like getting married and then being separated before the consummation. We’d spent years searching for her before becoming acquainted, making a commitment and spending a chunk of our savings on her. And the day after we met her for the first time, we abandoned…

An artist’s impression of the Covid-19. It has a grey spherical centre with a lot of red protrusions that are spike proteins.
An artist’s impression of the Covid-19. It has a grey spherical centre with a lot of red protrusions that are spike proteins.
Image Courtesy: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

In these uncertain times, many people are asking where it all began. Did Covid-19 spontaneously emerge from the Huanan wet market in Wuhan, China? Or did it escape from the nearby Wuhan Institute of Virology through error, or even negligence? …

Six crew-members on the deck of a forty-six foot Bavaria yacht leaving Oban harbor
Departure from Oban

Sailing is often about crossing the gulf between expectation and reality. When my wife Nicky and I arrived in Oban for a ten-day Northern Lights adventure aboard Tonic, Elite Sailing’s 46' Bavaria, we expected to spend the night in the marina before setting out early the following morning for Tobermory.

Brady Ridgway

I am a freelance writer, contract pilot and author of two novels. amazon.com/author/bradyridgway

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