Gladlee of Guernsey

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S/Y "Gladlee of Guernsey" was built in the Westerly yard at Waterlooville near Portsmouth in Hampshire in 1985. She is a Westerly Seahawk with an overall length of 10.26 metres (34 feet), centre cockpit, bilge keels and apparently sleeps 7!! The original owners decided to reverse the normal Westerly hull colours and opted for a dark blue hull with white boot-top. The family came from Guernsey with a surname of 'de Lee' and were left an inheritance by their aunt Gladys with which they bought the boat and named her "Gladlee" in remembrance. Julie Smart and previous partner Nigel Morley, bought her in 1989, sailing initially out of Ramsgate on the south east coast of England cruising the north coast of France, Belgium and Holland and south coast of England as far as the Scilly Islands and back.  In 1991, after retiring they sailed her down to the Mediterranean. She sailed there for three years cruising the Greek Islands, Turkey, the Black Sea, the East Med Yacht Rally (EMYR) in 1994 and wintering for three consecutive years in Setur Marina, Antalya, Turkey. In 1996 they went down the Red Sea taking in countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen and Oman before venturing across the Indian Ocean, a passage of 12 days, to Kenya. Unfortunately after settling in to Kilifi Creek just north of Mombasa, Nigel became ill and died in September 1997.

"Gladlee" was looked after by Tony and Daphne Britchford in Kilifi at this time until Daphne's brother, Ken delivered her back up the Red Sea to Antalya. She stayed there for another eighteen months and got a bit of a refit with new rigging and the hull re-sprayed and many other jobs. She was then sailed in June 1999 to Levkas in the Ionian with Julie, Phil (Julie's brother) and George (a young cousin). Julie at this time was working in Libya and met Ron Hayton there, who came and sailed "Gladlee" from Levkas to Malta for his very first sailing adventure and later on, to Barcelona.  "Gladlee" was layed up for nine months in Casteldefels just south of Barcelona while Ron and Julie went to work in Oman. After the job finished they returned to "Gladlee" in July 2001 and started cruising again full time and headed east via France, Corsica, Italy, Greece and finally Turkey and Kemer Marina for the winter. The next summer they cruised the Black Sea (2002) and the following one Croatia (2003). 2004 saw them married in Kemer Marina in March, doing the EMYR in May/June as crew on S/Cat "Vision" with Frank and Tari and then headed west to Mallorca.  "Gladlee" was then put on a ship to Port Everglades in Florida, USA, where Ron and Julie picked her up mid-December. They stayed at Maule Lake Marina just north of Miami for a couple of months then cruised the Keys, West coast of Florida and then the Intracoastal Waterway up the east coast of America to Deltaville, Chesapeake Bay. She is now 20 years old and has over 40,000 miles under her belt and is still going strong.

In July, 2005 the boat was laid up in Deltaville Marina while Ron and Julie went back to Oman for Ron to resume his job with IOGS. Lots of work was carried out on the boat over the next couple of years. A short RV (recreation vehicle, motorhome) holiday in the US gave them ideas for the future. They stayed in Oman until January 2008. On leaving they joined Frank and Tari on S/Cat "Vision" in Trinidad and sailed with them up through the Caribbean to Puerto Rica. They flew up to Deltaville via Washington in April and re-commissioned "Gladlee" and sailed the Chesapeake Bay during the summer. During the autumn they sailed down to Florida and early 2009 cruised the Abacos in the Bahamas. In the spring they sailed back up the east coast of America but only as far as Beaufort in North Carolina where the Volvo engine finally gave up. A new engine was fitted in Town Creek Marina. Meanwhile they had bought an RV from Adrian and Jan (who had used it for a year) and started 'land-cruising'. Once the engine was fitted, the boat was taken to Schroeder's Yard in Deltaville and laid up again. In August they took the RV across the US to the west coast, spent the winter in the SW and then drove back to Virginia in the spring.

In May, 2010 the RV was stored in Richmond and they returned to Oman, Ron working for IOGS again. They stayed there two years this time. Meanwhile, Linda and Seamus bought half of the RV and went touring for eighteen months. Ron and Julie left Oman in May 2012 and went back to "Gladlee" in June and cruised the Bay for a couple of months. In September they laid the boat up again in Deltaville and then flew over to Los Angeles to meet up with Linda and Seamus, and took the RV back from them and land-cruised the SW in the winter. They gradually made their way up the west coast as the weather improved in the spring of 2013 eventually going through western Canada to Alaska in June. July and August saw them driving back to Virginia completing a 13,500 mile trip.

Both the RV and "Gladlee" were put up for sale and they sold in September and October 2013 respectively. In September Ron and Julie returned to the UK and ended up house-sitting in Pontefract, Yorkshire for the rest of the year. Then back to Wellingborough at the beginning of February 2014, a short holiday in Majorca to visit old friends, Hans and Gisela, and then boarded the ship "Grand Mediterraneo" in Southampton, mid-March to take them and their car to Cyprus where they will settle for the near future.

Arrived in Limassol on the 30th March 2014 - six years ago today. Where did the time go. We have both been very active with both Larnaca Hash and Polygon Hash, had a holiday in New Zealand, bought another RV which is homed in Phoenix and had a few brilliant trips including as far north as Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in Canada. Sold our original apartment and now living in Alethriko about ten minutes to the West of Larnaca. At this moment in time Cyprus is in lockdown as is much of the world due to Covid-19 but we will get past it and hopefully come out better on the other side.

A table below showing "Gladlees'" milestones:

Milestones   Inter-miles   Location   Dates
    2314   Start, The Solent   23 June 1989
5000       Middelburg, Holland   11 June 1991
    6918   left Ramsgate   8 June 1992
    9215   Gibraltar   3 October 1992
10000       Azzefoun, Algeria   9 April 1993
    12458   Antalya, Turkey   14 October 1993
    12544   left Antalya   8th May 1994
15000       Marmara Sea, Turkey   30 August 1994
    15999   back Antalya   12 November 1994
    16039   left Antalya   12 April 1995
    16561   back Antalya   11 May 1995
    17722   Antalya and back (EMYR)   17 May - 3 July 1995
        left Antalya   3 September 1995
    18593   back Antalya   11 November 1995
        left Antalya   7 April 1996
    19966   back Antalya   19 June 1996
20000       Antalya to Haifa   30 July 1996
    22878   Mina Raysut, Salalah, Oman   25 November 1996
    23967   Lamu, Kenya   7 January 1997
    24117   Kilifi, Kenya   23 March 1997
    26908   back in Antalya, Turkey   27 October 1997
        left Antalya (with Phil and George)   28 May 1999
    27672   Levkas, Greece   10 June 1999
        left Levkas (with Ron)   25 August 1999
    28075   Malta   3 September 1999
    28252   left Malta to Monastir, Tunisia   26 April 2000
        left Monastir   1 July 2000
    28924   Port Ginesta, Spain   31 July 2000
        left Port Ginesta   11 July 2001
30000       Levkas   17 August 2001
    30871   Kemer, Turkey   26 October 2001
        left Kemer   7 April 2002
    33982   Black Sea and back Kemer   4 November 2002
        left Kemer   9 April 2003
35000       Luka Prozura, Croatia   5 June 2003
    36946   back Kemer   30 October 2003
        left Kemer   29 April 2004
    37056   back Kemer   7 May 2004
        EMYR with "Vision"    
        left Kemer   27 June 2004
    38918   Palma, Majorca   26 November 2004
        Port Everglades, Florida, USA   15 December 2004
40000       Fort Monroe, Hampton Roads, Virginia   30 June 2005
    40027   Deltaville, Virginia   2 July 2005
    40248   back Deltaville   21 July 2005
        left Deltaville   20 June 2008
    40448   Washington D.C.   11 September 2008
        left Washington   13 October 2008
    41590   left Titusville, Florida   14 January 2009
    41843   Bimini, Bahamas   10 March 2009
    42738   Beaufort, North Carolina   17 May 2009
    42745   left Beaufort   23 July 2009
    43021   Deltaville   3 August 2009
        left Deltaville   27 June 2012
    43478   back Deltaville   30 August 2012
        SOLD   1 October 2013


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