August 2018

I managed to squeeze in a few days sailing before Alan and I set off on our annual trip – this time to Northern Ireland.

I met Stephen on a Guitar Retreat, a fellow Scot but living and working in Moscow with the Foreign Office. Well, he was until Mr Putin decided to start expelling Diplomats in a tit-for-tat retaliation after the Sergei and Yulia Skripal poisoning. He’s applied for a transfer back to the UK. Apparently, if you are deported from Russia you never get to go back and he would like to return one day.

I picked him and friend, Natalie,up at Failrie Station and enjoyed a few days of great sailing on the Clyde – usual haunts of Portavadie and Tarbert. We came across Waverley on our trip.