Internet Service Provider Filters

internet service provider

I want to talk a bit about Internet Service Providers (ISP) filtering content and the overblocking that can occur with these filters.  In the UK at least, since 2013 all ISPs have been filtering content that might be adult or illegal in order to protect minors.  All new customers will now automatically be opted-in to the ISP’s own content filter.  Unless you specifically change your settings you may be seeing a reduced number of sites on your device.  I’m not up to speed with the filtering of content in the US but would imagine it’s on a state by state basis. What are these filters, what are they blocking and are they always blocking the right sites? Continue reading

Winter Crewing Posts 2018

Winter Crewing Posts 2018

winter crewing posts 2018

Here are a few of the winter crewing posts 2018 that have been submitted by the Lovesail members.  To find out more about an individual crewing post just log into your Lovesail account and click on the crewing section.  If you are not a member yet, come and have a look at our friendly sailing community.

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Speed Dating in Salisbury

Speed Dating in Salisbury for the New Year

Chris Stanbury, a friend of Lovesail, is running a charity speed dating event in Salisbury in the New Year.  He is offering two FREE tickets to the first man and women that sign up before Monday 12th January.  Just contact him using the details below and quote the code LOVESAIL.

Speed Dating for Grown-Ups

Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it, but why should youngsters have all the fun.

Most people think of 20-30-year-olds when you mention speed dating.  Chris thought it was about time the balance was tilted in favour of the more mature person looking for a partner so he’s come up with an interesting idea.  Chris is chairman of the local support group for Hope and Homes for Children.  His brainchild is to hold a speed dating event in Salisbury on January 15th 2015 for 40(ish) to 60(ish) year olds.  Tickets cost £20 and the proceeds are in aid of the Hope and Homes charity.

Being flexible about the age range should encourage more people to attend the event.  In fact, you won’t have to tell anyone your age at all if you’d rather not.  Just come along and give it a go, who knows you could meet a potential friend or partner.

The evening will be a fun event where each person will spend 4 minutes talking with every person of the opposite sex.  There will also be a chance to mingle at the bar before and after the formal sessions.  Ideal for those wishing to meet potential partners or just make new friends whilst at the same time helping a marvellous charity.

If you’d like to attend the event then email Chris at or call 01747 858016 to register.

You can also join the Facebook page or follow us on Twitter@DatingSalisbury 

speed dating in salisbury

This Speed Dating event is not being run by  We are friends with Chris and it is being organised as a charity event.  We offered to help spread the word to the Lovesail members to hopefully help raise money for the Hopes and Homes charity.


Writing a Profile

writing a profile

Writing a Profile for a Dating Site

What do I know about writing a profile?  Quite a lot!  I own and run a global online dating site for boating enthusiasts.  If your passion is sailing and you are looking for a sailing soul mate then Lovesail can help.

Running a dating site is hard work but fun and enjoyable, and one of the many tasks I undertake is approving new profiles.  As part of the Lovesail screening process when new members join and write their profile, they need to be checked and approved, or not, as the case may be!  As you can imagine I have read a great many profiles over the years, both good and bad.   Here are my 5 top tips for writing a profile for a dating site:


This really is the best policy!  For whatever reason, some people feel the need to embellish, exaggerate or just plain lie when writing a profile.  Who will ever know?  Well, think ahead a little and if you do meet your soul mate, then at some point you are going to have to come clean and admit that you can’t dance/sail/cook.  This isn’t a good start for any relationship.  If you lie about things from the start how is your soul mate ever going to trust you?  Be honest, and that includes your age!


No-one likes a grump.  When writing a profile try to be as positive as possible.  Modern-day life has many challenges, resulting in people leading very busy lives.   One consequence of this is that people have to assess situations and people quickly in order to save time.  So faced with the choice of meeting a possible match who…..loves/enjoys/has a passion for a particular pastime, rather than one who……hates/gets irritated/can’t stand certain annoyances, then I know which one I would choose!


When writing a profile try to keep it short and sweet.  You don’t need to run through your whole life story.  Save that for your date – it will give you something to talk about.  Just write a little about why you are on the site, what you are looking for and a bit about your hobbies.  In the case of, the members will indicate why they are on the site (dating, friendship or crew) and what they are looking for.  It may be that they want a serious relationship or perhaps just someone to sail with at weekends on a friendship basis.  They will then outline their sailing experience and some of the places they have sailed to and other hobbies or interests.  The great thing about a niche site like Lovesail is that you already have a common interest.


When you have finished writing a profile then please proofread it and check for spelling mistakes.  Most software will indicate spelling and grammatical errors, so do take the time to check and correct.  If you can’t be bothered to spend a few minutes checking your profile then what other things will you be lazy about?!


I know this article is about writing a profile, but photos do go hand in hand with writing a profile.  Whether we like it or not profile photos are important.  You are much, much more likely to be viewed if you have a photo on your profile.  When choosing a photo make sure it is clear and we don’t need to turn our laptop/head around to view it.  Don’t post pictures where you are in the distance or in a group – and remember to smile!  This next one is directed at the gentlemen. A selfie of you in your dining room, at night, sitting in your vest is not a good look!  Put some thought into it, think about the lighting and the background.  By far the best photos for Lovesail will be the ones of you out sailing.  If your confidence deserts you at the last minute then at the very least post a photo from your holiday collection or even your boat!   And finally please make sure it’s a recent photo – not one that you’ve unearthed from 10 years ago.  Nothing annoys the members more than if on meeting a prospective date they look nothing like their profile photo.

I hope this has helped and given you some pointers for writing a profile for a dating site. Oh and one last thing……be proactive, don’t sit back and wait for people to contact you.

Carpe diem.

Erica Joyce owns and runs a global dating and social networking site for boating enthusiasts.



St Valentines Day Offer

St Valentines Day

What better way to celebrate St Valentines Day than with a fabulous membership offer.

Throughout Valentines Day 2012, a  Gold membership to the Lovesail site can be bought for the reduced price of £39.95/$59.92ish (exchange rates may fluctuate).  A Gold membership offers unlimited access to the site for an unlimited time.  All we ask is that you keep your account active by logging on once in every 90 days.

Don’t worry if you have missed this offer, Gold membership can be bought for £44.95/$67.42(ish) and offers great value for money.

st valentines day

Lovesail – Dating and Social Networking

Lovesail is an online dating and social networking site for people that are passionate about sailing. All our members are sailing and boating enthusiasts looking for partners, friends or crew to sail with.  So hop aboard today.

It’s free to join, construct a profile and look around.  When you upgrade to our Gold Membership you have unlimited access to the whole site, no hidden extras to pay, and for as long as you wish provided you keep your account active.

We have members from all walks of life, from novice to experienced sailors and from all around the globe. If you want to learn how to sail, why not join and make friends with like-minded people? If you are planning a trip, use the site to find crew and get in touch with fellow sailors with local knowledge of your chosen ports and destination. And if you’re looking for that special someone to share your journey with, Lovesail could be where you find them.

Join today! It could open up a whole new world.




Photo Competition Winner

Photo Competition Winner

Congratulations to Caribejohn who has won the Lovesail Photo Competition with this picture of Lucy his dog.  He wins a year’s gold membership to the site.

Please keep checking the blog, twitter or our Facebook page for details of our next competition when we will be giving away another Gold membership.


photo competition winner

Lovesail is an online dating and social networking site for single sailing enthusiasts.  Our friendly sailing community meet up with other solo sailors for dating and friendships.  Our members are from all walks of life and located around the world.  They range from professional to novice sailors, but they all have one thing in common, a passion for sailing.

Fed up with sailing solo or single-handed?  Exasperated with meeting matches that refuse to step onboard a boat?  Then join our friendly community and connect with sailing women and men who are ready for their next sailing adventure.  Some of our members are liveaboards, some are weekend sailors.  Whatever you are looking for you could find it on Lovesail.  It’s quick and easy to join and once you have been approved as a genuine sailing enthusiast then you can build a profile and add sailing pictures to your profile.  So join in the fun today.