First Solo Sail

First Solo Sail

My first solo sail.  First time taking the boat out of the dock and up the marina channel and out into the water ways by myself.  That’s a pretty big step and without a doubt probably the most significant day out sailing I have ever had.  More significant than the collision in the Booker Bay marina.  Much more significant.  Of course I am writing this in hindsight and have done lots and lots of post mortems of the day and…

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Haul Out and Daysail

Haul Out and Daysail

A lot of water has flowed under the keel since the last blog post.  Has it really been two months since I last wrote a blog?  Paradoxically, when things a quiet, the blog gets regularly updated, albeit once a month.  You would think that when things are busy, there would be more to write about and hence more blogs but not so lately.  The last blog was about the yearly engine service, thrilling stuff indeed!  Since the service, the boat…

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Heave Away, Haul Away

Heave Away, Haul Away

The annual haul-out, bottom clean and antifoul should be a fairly routine exercise, but it’s usually quite stressful.  Seeing your beloved boat manhandled by strangers, being lifted out of the water in the travel lift and subsequently propped up with stands.  However, it’s something that is necessary – like going to the dentist I suppose.  The Akuna Bay boatyard has a policy of no DIY, so all the grungy work of pressure washing, scraping off growth and barnacles, followed by…

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Weather Forecasting Shenanigans

Weather Forecasting Shenanigans

The allied invasion of Europe in June, 1944 occurred on the sixth, which was seen by the weather forecasters as the best day.  The invasion was originally schedule for 5 June, but a spate of bad weather delayed the actual invasion until June 6, D-Day.  The bad weather prior to the invasion, would, according to the meteorologists lessen to such an extent that they would be able to launch the invasion.  The German weather forecasters predicted that the weather wouldn’t…

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The Easter Period

The Easter Period

Grab the bucket and sponge.  Grab the spanners and screwdrivers.  Charge up the drill and dremel.  Plug in the fridge and make sure it has beer in it.  Easter is coming and La Mouette and I are going to spend some time together.  The Easter bunny can come if he wants but he or she must be prepared to bring beer and help out with jobs.  I have four days free and as I did over Christmas, I plan to…

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The Stash

The Stash

One of the Facebooks groups that I follow is the Airfix Modelling Club.  If you don’t know, Airfix is one of the companies that makes plastic kits of aircraft, military equipment, car, ships etc etc.  I spent a lot of my teenage years building models of Spitfires, tanks and other assorted war machinery plus naval vessels and sailing ships.  One of the predominant themes in the Facebook group is “The Stash”.  Some of these guys are serious modellers and constantly…

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Vlogging A Dead Horse

Vlogging A Dead Horse

Brian and Karen, Drake Paragon, Jamie and Liz, Dan and Kika, Nike, Barry, Johan and Malin, Troy and Pascale, Shaun and Julia, Dylan Winter.  These names, and the fact that this is a sailing blog, the chances are high that you will know who these people are, or have watched some of their YouTube videos.  Yes, they are the people that appear in Sailing channels and are some of the ones that we watch on a regular basis.  Of course…

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Happy Hogmanay

Happy Hogmanay

It’s 2019 already and the year has started off with boat jobs (of course), but more importantly, things got fixed.  My workplace shuts down for two weeks each year over the Christmas/New Year period and I the opportunity to stay on La Mouette for just over a week to do boat jobs and to just enjoy being afloat for a few days.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take the boat out but as there was a huge amount…

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So this is Christmas

So this is Christmas

So this is Christmas and what have you done Another year over, a new one just begun It’s official, this is the last blog of 2018!  Another year almost done and dusted.  I seem to spend a lot of blog time discussing how time slips through our fingers, and this year seemed to go extra fast.  It’s gone before you even know it.  There is a lot to be said for just savouring the moment and enjoying things.  We get…

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Wood that I Could

Wood that I Could

I have been feeling very guilty because the boat hasn’t been out of the marina for a while now – since the end of September.  To be fair, we have had plans to go for a sail, but always been snookered by the weather, and then there have also been pipe band engagements and family commitments.  But we have been out on the boat albeit in the marina and actually spent a night on it.  Just doing boat maintenance, enjoying…

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