On 8th October Antipole was lifted out for the winter and we commenced laying up and removing gear for inspection and cleaning.
On 18th September we moved back on board to prepare for the arrival of Tony’s sister Alison for her first visit aboard Antipole.
Ynskje’s son Dan planned to join us for the last week in August and we had plans to welcome him aboard in his home town of Portsmouth and then cross to the Channel Islands and pay him off in Jersey…
We have just had a family gathering during a week on Round Island in Poole Harbour. We had rented the three guest cottages clustered around the pier and there was ample accommodation for Tony’s extended family, including nine grandchildren.
Tony’s grandson Theo sailed with us briefly three years ago. This May he came for his first proper sail.