A Small World: Spreading the Salty Word
Setting Up SaltyJobs
As we come to the end of the 2017 season, we’re starting to look back over the past year. It’s time to reflect on our adventures, successes, and what we have learned. SaltyJobs only went live in Spring 2017, so we’re still in our first year of trading, and it has been one awesome voyage so far.
Starting a new business is never plain sailing (!), but time and time again, we are reminded why we are doing what we’re doing. And how it’s working. SaltyJobs is a thing.
And these moments are becoming more frequent and more poignant. The universe, along with all of you salty sailors, is trying to tell us something. The message is getting through.
New Neighbours – A Small World
Yesterday we posted our review on Vanishing Sail, the most inspiring film about boatbuilding tradition you’ll ever get to watch. We saw it in Plymouth last week – our 1935 gaff cutter ‘Deirdre’ is in a lovely marina here for the winter.
And then, in the afternoon, walking down to Deirdre in the marina, we stopped and chatted to our neighbour with a wooden boat along the pontoon.
Owning a boat and being part of a community like this is a great way to make new like-minded friends. But owning a wooden boat is a little bit different, with our conversations often turning to paint, varnish and how many litres of water we’re taking on each day. You either wooden boat or you don’t.
So it was lovely to meet not just one marina neighbour with a wooden boat, but another lady as well, who’d seen our varnished masts proudly sticking up amongst the aluminium and came to say hello.
RYA Day Skipper on a Gaffer
As we chatted, it turned out our new friend had recently taken her RYA Day Skipper Practical course. Most of these courses take place on 30-40ft white, plastic, bermudan rigged sloops often owned by sea schools around the country. Nothing wrong with that. But if you already own a wooden gaff-rigged boat, or you know that you want to do most of your sailing on these traditional vessels, it makes sense to do your RYA Day Skipper on one too.
Thankfully, there are a few traditional boats out there which run courses like these. Our new neighbour managed to find one, and successfully passed her RYA Day Skipper last month.
Spreading the Salty Word
Standing on the pontoon chatting about this, somehow the conversation turned to SaltyJobs – I was wearing my t-shirt (as I usually do). Our neighbour remarked that the skipper/instructor on her course was also part of SaltyJobs… and in fact, had asked his crew to take a photo of him wearing his t-shirt, to enter into our t-shirt competition.
At this point the penny dropped.
The skipper was our friend, Dave Carnson.
And this is the photo that our new friend took of our old friend Dave during her RYA Day Skipper course:
Another Amazing Connection
It’s a small world… and nothing makes you realise this more than getting involved in boats and the awesome people surrounding them.
These wonderful, random occurrences are happening more and more frequently. People are talking about SaltyJobs. Real people. Sailors. Owners. Liveaboards. Cruisers. Skippers. Instructors.
The salty word is spreading.
I think it’s working.
Thanks for your support.