This page gives a brief history of the travels of Ayli.  When years are not mentioned it means that she sailed locally on the East Coast.


Puchased as a sailway in Octber Ayli sailed straight from Whitstable to Limehouse Basin, which was still a commercial dock. The mast was lowered and she motored up the Lea Valley navigation to Stansted Abbots where the fitting out program began.


Ayli was measured and registered a British Ship. The Small Ships Register didn't come in until later but Ayli has remained on the British Ships register ever since.

Ayli's returned to the sea down the canal, raising the mast in Limehouse Basin before sailing down the Thames and round to her mooring in Maylandsea on the River Blackwater.

Ayli cruised to the Isle of Wight stopping at Ramsgate and Langstone Harbour before spending time in Cowes. With her shallow draft she was able to travel up the Beaulieu River right up to Beaulieu itself before returning Via Chichester, Newhaven, Ramsgate, the Swale and Queenbourough.

At the end of the season she returned to Stansted Abbots via Gravesend and Limehouse Basin. Which became a regular winter mooring until 1991.


The return to sea was made simpler by the addition during the winter of equipment to raise the mast from the deck.

This year Ayli cruised to the Schelde via Ramsgate, Dunkirk, and Ostende, visiting Veere, Goes, Zierikzee, Wilhelmstadt, Middelburg, Breskens, Nieuwport and Calais.


Summer cruise to Holland visiting Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Southwold, Ijmuiden, Amerstam, Hoorn, Sparndam, Kaag, Leiden, Gouda, Dordrecht, Wilhelmstadt, Middelburg, Breskens, Nieuwport and Calais.


Summer Cruise to Germany visiting Ijmuiden, Amsterdam, Enkhuisen, Harlinggen, Lauwersoog, Borkum and Greetseil.


Summer Cruise in the Schelde estuary visiting Veere, Goes, Willhelmstaadt, Hellevoetsluis, Brouwershaven and Breskens.