L’Île des Revenants: Island of Returners

In 2016 I decided to follow in my late Grandfather’s footsteps and leave Glasgow to find a new life in the Caribbean, sailing and discovering my family’s roots in Antigua. I bought a boat and began a solo sailing adventure on the Anne Bonny.

The blog that follows is a story of this journey, touching on my own experiences and topics that are important to sailors and those who live in this incredible region.

L’Île des Revenants is a nickname given to the French island of Martinique, and one that rings true, as no matter how many times I say I’m going to leave, I still come back.

UPDATE: I’ve halted posting new chapters for the moment, as I’m working up a book proposal and doing a thorough re-write. If you have any feedback/criticism/encouragement (or if you work in publishing), please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page. Thank you!

1. Introduction: Devil’s End / You need a man

2. How to move to the Caribbean and get a boat

3. With great bateau comes great responsibility

4. Welcome to the Marty Party (aka How being a Language Assistant in Martinique fundamentally changed me)

5. F*** off and other things you can’t say to men in the Caribbean: A Smart Girl’s Survival Guide

6. There’s no ‘I’ in sailing (a catalogue of disasters)

7. Zen and the art of Seasickness

8. Crossing the Atlantic: isolation. mental health and leadership

9. Tropical Depression (aka the things we can’t control)

10. How to Survive a Hurricane

11. Hotel California

12. Don’t use Tinder to recruit your crew

13. Push the boat out (FFS)

14. The Anne Bonny Girl’s Club

15. That Sinking Feeling

16. In Praise of Cabin Boys

17. You need a man(nequin)

18. A Dog Riding a Tricycle

19. Happy New Birth Year

20. I Heart Cruising

21. We Don’t Do That (murdering cruisers) Any More

22. French is the language of love bureaucracy (and btw you’re never leaving again)

Bonus: Cruising luxuries aboard Anne Bonny

Christmas Bonus: Making a classy mocktail from tea

2 thoughts on “L’Île des Revenants: Island of Returners

  1. I think you are an inspiration. Especially to Preeya-Rose who is a young sailor learning the ropes,

  2. Awww thanks – can’t wait to hear updates on how Preeya-Rose’s sailing career is going

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