Last weekend, I found out firsthand just how demanding crossing the English Channel really is. My journey took me from Studland Bay in Dorset to Alderney in the Channel Islands. I was aboard Cherish, a glorious 46-foot Oyster. Oh, and did I mention, I’m no sailor?
I was awoken by the incessant rattling of our mast at 5:30am. My initial frustration was quickly snuffed out when I stepped foot on deck. Not a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect start to the day. We were moored at Studland Bay – a popular destination for those looking to escape the city for a weekend here in the UK – alongside a 5km, glorious sandy beach.