After the Atlantic

After the Atlantic – Sailing Advice for Atlantic Sailors

After the Atlantic is a new Facebook group run by Lovesail members Ian and Wendy. Many of you will remember Ian and Wendy from several Lovesail articles.  Ian and Wendy met on, fell in love and married last year.  They then decided to embark on the Longest Honeymoon ever and set sail from Devon.  On their yacht The Silver Slipper along with Bumble the dog, they sailed South to France and then down the East coast, their destination being Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands to take part in the ARC Race.

Ian says :

After crossing the Atlantic on the ARC 2013 we arrived in St Lucia. We spent two years getting ready and planning and had fantastic support from the management team of the ARC.

However, once the adrenalin had gone we found ourselves in a new world, new problems and new cultures.

I have started a new facebook group so we can share our positive experiences

This group is there to support and help all yachtsmen and women who plan to cross the Atlantic and live the dream. We all planned for the great challenge of crossing the pond to the Caribbean but what happens when we get there.
1000’s of yachts have made the crossing but like myself and many others once you have arrived then it’s a new world, new problems and new challenges.

We were not the first, nor the last so I would like you to join the Facebook group “After The Atlantic” and share it with all your sailing friends so that all our experiences can benefit others who will be following in our footsteps in the months and years ahead.

This site is designed so that any yacht arriving in the Caribbean can have access to others experience, be it the best electrician in St Lucia or where to get your tender fixed in Grenada. The information is out there and I hope that you will all feel that your experiences will help others whilst cruising the Caribbean.

Please join up as a member and share this site with fellow adventures and I hope this site will become a very useful and informative group for everyone.
Happy sailing, fair winds and have fun.


To join After the Atlantic Facebook Group just log into your Facebook page and search After the Atlantic.

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Longest Honeymoon in History?

Ian and Wendy’s Story….will this be the longest honeymoon in history?

Last weekend I attended a wedding in Devon.  Not unusual I hear you say.  According to the Office of National Statistics, there were  277,740 marriages in the Uk in 2010. What made this wedding special was the fact that it was two people that had met and fallen in love on the Lovesail site.  Once they have wed they plan to take the longest honeymoon in history.

Wendy best describes what happened in an email she sent to me back in October 2012…..

I am just writing to you with regards to our Lovesail success story.  One of your members contacted me on 28th February this year. We both had never been on the site before and signed up for one month.  I had had a string of bad relationships and was living back with my parents at 45yrs old. Sobbing on my Dads bed one night, feeling really sorry for myself, I thought, what really makes me happy.  I’ve always loved sailing and messing about on the water, so I googled date sites for sailing people and was the first site that came up. I met up with a wonderful man called Ian “Captain Silver” was his site name, on Chichester Marina on March 8th 2012.  His yacht was called “The Silver Slipper “a beautiful Moody 422.  After a number of dates, he sent me a text asking if he could be my Peter Pan? (my name is Wendy) so I texted back, “Can I be your Cinderella if the silver slipper fits?  We have now been dating for 7 months, have fallen madly in love and are getting married next April 2013 in my home county of Devon and going on the longest honeymoon in history sailing around the world with my beautiful bearded collie dog “Bumble”

I was so touched when I received an invitation to the wedding and accepted without hesitation.

The setting was Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury on Sea, Devon.  It was the most beautiful location, high on a clifftop overlooking the estuary and Burgh Island.  The weather was sublime, sunny with a gentle breeze rising up from the sea.  A marque had been erected on the top of the cliff and guests were greeted with strawberries and cream on arrival.

The ceremony was carried out by a friend of the couple and was filled with laughter, cheers and tears and not forgetting Bumble the dog who was the ring bearer for the day.  It was the most wonderful atmosphere, friends and family all genuinely happy that Ian and Wendy had found each other.

The rest of the day and evening was filled with dancing, singing (Tom Jones no less!) and entertainment on a grand scale.  This lists, most definitely, as one of the best weddings I have ever been to.

Ian and Wendy now have last minutes preparations to carry out on Silver Slipper before they depart from the UK in May.  They will sail down to Gran Canaria ready to join the ARC Race in November.  Once across the Atlantic it’s off around the Caribbean and then through the Panama Canal to the Pacific and then who knows.  Most definitely the longest honeymoon in history.

Bon Voyage Ian and Wendy, wishing you safe and happy adventures in your new life together.

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