Charlie Kavanagh (aka 007)
I have been operating a sail training business for the last 15 years, based in Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland – South East Cruising School . Unfortunately, new draconian regulations make it almost impossible for me to continue as I cannot afford the upgrade costs involved to comply with Department of Transport requirements – could run to c.€20,000.
Prior to that, I worked for Bank of Ireland for 25 years, mostly between Dublin and Wexford, and decided the open sea was more my scene – no regrets, even though finances have often been very tight.
Having lived now in Wicklow for 30 years, I am casting my eye around for new openings – I’ve have been very actively involved in Wicklow Sailing Club, the Round Ireland Yacht Race and Sail Fest, dabbled a little in journalism, drafted the bones of a book about my previous dog Pepper and am drafting a pamphlet of local walks around Wicklow.
- Zubenelgenubi meets wayward Housemartin 1 day out from Antigua
Despite the doom and gloom, I’ve managed to keep somewhat busy doing little bits here and there – a few deliveries, a transatlantic crossing last December, did Creative Writing and Irish Times journalism courses, some sailing trips to Waterford and Wales as well as regular walks with my faithful companion, Toesun. Also, with family members, I walked part of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (north Spain) in September 2011 – an adventure and bonding experience enjoyed by all.