Previously this website belonged to the South Staffordshire Sailing Club which started in 1950 In Staffordshire, UK. The club used to train people how to ride boats, boat racing and the maintenance of boats. The sailing club dropped this domain a while back and today, more details of their activities can be found in southstaffssailingclub.co.uk
Their physical address is:
South Staffs Sailing Club, Gailey Lower Pool, Gailey Lea Lane, Nr. Penkridge, Stafford. ST19 5PT
Telephone: 01785 713272
From the M6 Junction 12 roundabout head towards Cannock on the A5. Take the first road on the left, just before the layby. This is Gailey Lea Lane. Follow this to the first set of buildings on the left. The second entrance is the club house entrance. Please don’t park here as it blocks the road. Follow the road to the next gate on the left, which is the large car park, where there is plenty of room to rig boats.
I too love sailing and other water activities such as scuba diving, wake-boarding, boat racing and even swimming, which is a great workout. Actually during hot summer days, I usually ensure that I swim at least every afternoon when I’m not busy at work. By swimming, I not only cool my body but also it also helps me in keeping my body fit.
I have decided to rebuild this domain and I will be detailing various waters activities. Already there are several interesting posts that I have already published and they can be assessed by clicking through the various topics below.
Boating for Life
Sometimes when I remember some my late mum, I can’t fail to feel so sad that she left us too soon. She died as a result of breast cancer back in 2011. But she changed my attitude towards it on a day that we cruised on a yacht together in the Caribbean Sea while we went vacationing in Haiti. She was the one who came with the proposal.
At that time, she was a bit weak and she was on special diet. Despite that, she was as charming and lively like never before. Having been diagnosed with Stage IV invasive breast cancer, her chances of survival seemed very slim. That didn’t deter her to fight for her life. We all came together as a family to support her in every way that we could during her various surgery and systematic therapies that she had to go through.
The radiation, hormone therapies and the chemotherapy didn’t make life bearable for her and most of the time she had to be subjected for bed rest. It was painful seeing how much she had to endure during those trying times. She never gave up and when she felt she had some energy left in her, she came with the idea of the vacation.
Personally, I was against the idea because she was still on medication and even though the oncologist had had temporarily stopped the radiation as he prepared her for the next surgery, I felt that the flight to Haiti wasn’t the best thing to her. She really needed to rest especially since her cancer was recurrent. But mom was known to always have her way out of anything. She had none of our objections and thus we had to give in to her idea. That was the last happiest moments that we ever stayed with her while she was alive.
Inspiring Others through Outdoor Activities
While in Haiti, she expressed her desire for boating. At first, we too objected to this and we still had to give in. we hired a charter yacht and off we went cruising the Caribbean Sea. It was while we were cruising that we came to learn why she wanted to go boating. Apparently, since her diagnosis, she had come to fall in love with a group of cancer survivors who loved boating and had been her source of inspiration all through her fight with the disease. The group which started in Canada called Abreast in a Boat gave her the courage to be strong and to soldier on. She had a strong believe that she would overcome the disease.
Upon this revelation, I realized how weak she was but so strong at heart. She had been closely following the activities of the organization online and even communicating with some of the members. She talked to us about the various challenges that she had endured but had never opened to us, and her desire to join the organization if she ever survived.
It was a sad cruising moment to us as she narrated all this. But there was a certain message that she was passing to us. The need to help other in the community and to be part of charitable organizations which inspire those in critical need of others during such trying times.
It was unfortunate that we lost her six weeks after the coming back home from the vacation. I usually remember her words vividly that day and fathom how happy she would be had she survived and joined such an organization.