A personal note to this post as yesterday I was at the memorial to an old sailing friend, the father of some of Captain JP's cousins.
He loved cruising on his Westerly 28, moored off his retirement home in Dartmouth. He was famous for taking friends and relatives across the Channel and over to the Scilly Isles.
There were many stories from those that sailed with him of their voyages - and from the non-sailors of their escapes.
His three children all inherited his love of the sea. One for a time crewed super-yachts, while another sailed in last year's Fastnet (and came in 2 places above my boat, darn him).
We never sailed - it was always a case of sometime or next time. Now we never will.