After travelling over 4,000 miles to go on holiday recently, I have realised there is a lot of the world that I haven’t seen and would love to see. Seeing some of the beautiful views from LOOK’s “What Floats Your Boat” campaign article about the most exotic sailing locations on earth,(see here), made me think back to the days before 7yo with Hubby and I enjoying time in Christchurch on the river.
Whilst it’s not as exciting or exotic as some of the places I have been reading about, Christchurch holds its own charm in many ways. A picturesque market town with its own harbour, quay and castle ruins, there’s plenty to do if you want to soak up some history, culture or just to explore.
Before 7yo was born, Hubby and I used to live near Christchurch for a while, and he grew up there so had developed a love of the water. He owned a couple of very small boats before he met me including a Tabur 320 sailing dinghy which I’m glad he didn’t have when I met him as it’s small enough to carry on the roof of a car, and I prefer to be on the water in larger vessels.
After that one he had a Sniper GRP 8ft dingy, which was a little bigger in size, but still too small for me to sail in. His love of sailing was obvious as we used to walk along the river at least twice a week. I had a very quick education in boats and sailing that year we met.
Eventually he encouraged me to go out on a boat with him at the helm, so I could see what it was like from the other perspective. I was a little nervous the first time after really only being on ferries and larger boats.
I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy it to be honest, and whilst I would have liked to be on something bigger, renting a self drive motor boat at the time was perfect for us.
Sailing up and down the river from Christchurch Quay and past the lovely houses was a great experience, and one I would like to let 7yo experience now she is confident in and around water. It’s a very peaceful experience to be able to sit down and feel the breeze on your face, as the boat glides through the water.
Each year Christchurch has a fireworks display at the end of their carnival day during August. There are special cruises laid on by the ferry companies during the evening to be able to watch the fireworks on board which is something I would love to do.
What about you? What floats your boat?
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