Category Archives: Sailing

They tell me that once the sailing bug has bitten, it’s impossible to remove.

There is nothing I like better than getting away on board my little 28 footer, setting sail and enjoying the seclusion and peace that, for me, only a quiet anchorage in a deserted cove can bring.

Galley slave

Slow progress is being made in returning the boat to her former self after the recent unauthorised PNYC clean-out. The main challenge, I’m finding, is missing critical tools to perform simple jobs on board. The stove and base were manufactured … Continue reading

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Self steering

If one considers all the truly great and useful inventions and innovations in the history of the world, self-steering for your sailboat has to be right up there with the best of them. There’s nothing much worse than being invisibly … Continue reading

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At least it’s not only South Africa

Taken from John Vigor’s blog article “Are you a drunken operator” A vessel, apparently, is “every description of watercraft on the water . . . capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water” with the illogical … Continue reading

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Tips to save fuel

OR RATHER PUT UP THE MAIN AND GO SAILING

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Why?

Sitting here onboard, I hear nothing. Nothing except an owl going “Hoo…..Hooo” that is. Why would I want to be in the Jhb traffic and stress with this on offer I ask ?

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Baaa… !!

The stupidity of the system… Instructions on how to wash your hands in the corporate washroom A lable to warn “Don’t Drink this poison because it’s harmful” COF’s and COC’s etc It’s amazing humanity survived into the 21st century !

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Winter anchorage

Bunnybrook at 8am on a chilly June morning. Magic ! With a steady 10kt easterly providing the motive power, we have a magic sail off the anchor all the way to the Confluence. Around 12pm the wind dies away to … Continue reading

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The next job onboard ……. it never ends !

    The closest I can get to my yacht is a …. tractor ! Ok. Ok. 15W40 is 15W40 right. But I ended up with this one because [no, no, not because of the tractor] my YSB12 manual recommended … Continue reading

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Cutting Corners

There’s a continual temptation in life to cut corners, to do as little as possible, to take the path, that in the short term, seems easier. Take my new backing plates for the cleats intended for the genoa sheets……   … Continue reading

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Weather Trivia

If you’re at all interested in sailing then I guess you have more of an interest in the weather than most. Here’s a bit of trivia that may be of interest. Wind direction around a low, in the southern hemisphere … Continue reading

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