First Sail

Well, we’ve sailed Mistral of Portsmouth for the first time! Just a short sail – two hours – enough to get a feel for her handling and to work out how some of the lines work.

Boat Owners

As of September 2019 we are boat owners. We are the proud owners of a 2001 Oyster 56, soon to be named Mistral of Portsmouth. We are grateful to the previous owners for keeping her in such fine condition, and we will be sailing her for the first time in October.

Mistral undergoing survey

Test by Email

Testing the ability to post to this blog by email. Might be important at sea. These pictures were taken in April 2018 while sailing in Croatia, and in Australia in 2015.


Welcome to Chris and Karen’s sailing blog. We have signed up for the 2022 ARC+ and the 2023 World ARC and are now getting to know our boat, Mistral, a 2001 Oyster 56.