Maintenance, Sailing

Exhausted & Having Fun

I’ve spent several visits to ‘Blue, slowly working at getting the remaining bits of the exhaust out of the boat after the union disintegrated in the shipping lanes a while back. Forty years of use has the exhaust elbow really carboned-up and the remaining piece of the union still refuses to budge but slow and steady progress is being made. …


You do know it’s blowing quite strongly out there?

The reply from Port Control is incredulous when I ask for permission to leave moorings and proceed into the bay. “You do know it’s blowing quite strongly out there?““Yes sir. We have two reefs in the main and are expecting 35kt gusts” we radio back.“Very well then. You may proceed” comes the reply, and off we go. The wind isn’t as …

All at sea

There’s something about stopping to take photographs that robs one of the present moment, making one more an observer of the scene rather than part of the scene itself. And yet, it’s a worthwhile endeavour recording the scene, taking time out later to reflect on the moment. The photo’s never do the moment justice though, flattening the sea to mill pond …

As long as it’s fun

Like Lin & Larry said, “As long as it’s fun”. And Thursday’s sail most definitely was fun. It wasn’t epic when you compare to world circumnavigations but for us, a circumnavigation of Robben Island**, is the first step to cruising further afield up the west coast. We’d initially planned to sail earlier in the week but Tuesday’s 25 to 30kt …