Watch this sketch with Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield, ""My blackberry isn't working" .. which will make you feel so much better (and laugh too!)
It's that time of year - HPO dinner followed by visit to the London Boat Show. The show was quite quiet today (Wednesday 12 January) which wasn't what our hard working colleagues on the LSC stand wanted (C85 North Hall, in the new section of Excel). But of course they were cheerful and welcoming as always.
So winter is over for me – back in South Africa where it has been very hot. We have been getting the boat ready for the next leg, quite why there is always so much to do when the boat was fine when we left it is of course one of those great mysteries of life. Have been shopping today and plan to finish by getting the fresh meats and vegetables tomorrow ready for the off on Saturday.
It doesn’t seem possible that we only have another 3 ½ months and 6,000 miles to go although the next leg is quite long. We expect to finish about 15 April in St Lucia.
I have not posted for a while as we have not had good email facilities. We have now reached South Africa so have finished crossing the India Ocean. It was not the kindest of seas - on the leg from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius we had to run before gale / near gale winds for 6 days and had two sets of waves, one set we could take on the quarter as you should, but the other ones hit us almost abeam and was most uncomfortable. On the last leg from Reunion to Richards Bay SA we had a gale off Madagascar and then again on our last night. The last night the winds dropped down to 22 knots and the seas flattened when a freak wave hit us on the beam and we went over at least 70 degrees, I was on watch and was thrown across the cockpit and then back again ending up laying on my back in 6 inches of water.
Yes I really went up there! When the Royal Southampton Yacht Club invited Little Ship Club members to join them on the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos for a short trip across the channel I was the first (and only) to sign up.
January & February.
My season started with the Fast Cruise Series (in fact it never stopped) by chartering yachts for the January event to Bucklers Hard and the February event to Yarmouth. The Yarmouth cruise was especially entertaining as it took part on the same weekend that storms lashed the French coast causing considerable damage in places such as La Rochelle. Fortunately the Solent caught the very edge of the depression but it still gave us some interesting situations.
"Under reduced but well balanced rig, jib and gaff mizzen, we surged through 1.5m - 2m waves off Sheppey at 6 kts with the wind howling in the rigging and ratlines and sheets rod hard and throbbing and seaweed being flung across the deck. Exciting but tiring. 'Sheemaun' no longer a pretty crowd-pulling poser but a very different vessel, sturdy and seagoing doing just what she was built for. "
Éowyn is in Bali marina, Benoa in position 8:44.425S 115:12.803E
The recent JOG race to St Peter Port was a game of two halves or at least a weekend of two halves. Once again I was in the crew of Juno, an X34.
Guests are taken out to see Ramsgate Week racing at close quarters. Read this document as a pdf file (600Kb). Download here. (Opens in new window)