PENARTH YACHTSMAN PUBLISHES STORY OF NINE-YEAR HONEYMOON CRUISE

Penarth yachtsman Geoff Titterton photographed at Gilbraltar by his wife Evey

Penarth yachtsman Geoff Titterton photographed at Gibraltar by his wife Evey

Well-known local yachtsman Geoff  Titterton- who set sail from Penarth Marina in the early 90s  in his yacht Eclipse of Penarth –  has now published a book about his adventures afloat over the last quarter of a century.

For most of his career Geoff had been a highly-regarded BBC Wales studio cameraman and lighting director but, almost 30 years ago, did what many men only dream about – completely changed his life and set sail from Penarth to explore the world.

Penarth yachstman Geoff Titterton's book on his nine year sailing odyssey with his wife Evey

Penarth yachstman Geoff Titterton’s book on his nine year sailing odyssey with his wife Evey

In the new book Geoff describes how in 1987, after his two children had grown up, his first marriage had failed –  and rather than just moving out and buying a flat, Geoff made a much more dramatic change, and bought a 43 yacht – “Eclipse” which he lived aboard in the then-new Penarth Marina.

He met Evey – his Dutch wife who was completely unfazed by sailing,  by handling the boat in all weathers and was quite happy to cook a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings aboard “Eclipse” even when the yacht was heeled hard-over and contesting weekend races in the choppy Bristol Channel.

Evey looks on as Geoff Titterton (centre wearing the dark stocking cap) prepares the casualty whose life he has saved to be lifted ashore and taken to hospital

In Penarth Marina’s lock Evey (left) looks on as Geoff Titterton (centre wearing the dark stocking cap) prepares the casualty – whose life he has saved- to be lifted ashore and taken to hospital (NN Photo)

Geoff ‘s skill at the helm of what is a dauntingly large boat,  proved crucial in the rescue of an injured yachtsman who’d fallen overboard from another vessel during a race off Penarth. He and Evey manoeuvred their big vessel alongside the casualty,  lifted him safely on board Eclipse and brought him back to Penarth Marina where he hoisted into the dock by firemen and taken into the care of a  waiting ambulance crew.

Evey and Geoff Titterton at their formal send-off at Penarth Yacht Club - before setting sail around the world

Evey and Geoff Titterton at their formal send-off at Penarth Yacht Club – before setting sail around the world

A year after Geoff and Evey married, the day came when they decided to take an even more adventurous step. After 30 years with the BBC, Geoff took early retirement and the couple cast-off from Penarth Marina , turned right,  and sailed down channel into the sunset – destination, the rest of the world.

Now Geoff has set his recollections of their life afloat in his book Our Nine Year Honeymoon”   recounting their many voyages , around the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic and to the Caribbean in the form of a day-log. It also includes many photographs of their exotic adventures.

The book is published by AuthorHouse UK.

 

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3 Responses to PENARTH YACHTSMAN PUBLISHES STORY OF NINE-YEAR HONEYMOON CRUISE

  1. Christopher David says:

    A great story- I intend this get this book. ISBN number? but I’m sure I can track it down. Hey Geoff- here’s a sequel for you. Adventurous Penarth yachtsman takes crew of 60 consisting of Wales entire crew of AM’s on a very very long trip to help out in South America. There they can actually make a (positive) difference as long as you give them overalls and not desks🙂 Ahh utopia. Fab Geoff look forward to both reads.

    • Geoff Titterton says:

      Our Nine Year Honeymoon is now available from Amazon. Full colour with 800+ pictures make it rather expensive at £53.99. Further info from me on 01834 813174. Geoff Titterton.

  2. Alan King says:

    How nice to read of Geoff and Evey.

    I was manager at Penarth Marina from 1987 to 1990 when it was operated by Camper and Nicholsons, and I sailed on ‘Eclipse’ a couple of times.

    I remember a great celebration and send off when they set sail from the marina, not knowing when or whether they would return. Head south until the butter melts, turn left and you’ll be in the Med.

    No second lock out through the barrage in those days, and no Facebook / mobile phone / email to keep in touch easily.

    They had a dog, Barney, who lived aboard and was often found swimming around the marina until someone called him to the stone steps, or hauled him back onto the pontoons. I think Barney remained ashore with friends when they sailed off.

    I look forward to reading the book.

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