Monday, April 18, 2011

Lets declare war!!

Sailors we need to unite against the war on waste in our precious oceans !!

The plastic pollution is ever in creasing and there has been numerous accounts of sea life struggling to survive due to mankind's slow poising of the earth.  The latest - turtle poop plastic for a month 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Endless summer

Almost mid April and we are still having some good beach days.  Come Easter weekend the rain will begin and send us into winter- our unofficial date for the start of winter

Monday, April 11, 2011

A French man, a quadriplegic and a Labrador on a yacht.

Sounds like the opening line of a bad joke, but alas it is not.  A list of the crew on the first yacht I raced on.

After my first sailing course, I put my name up on the notice board - Competent sailor in need of boat to crew on for beer can races - call .....

It was not long before I got a call and a spot on a boat for the coming Wednesday's Twilight Race.  I jotted down the details and heard what I should bring - Jacket, Sunscreen, Beer  and other alcohol. So off I went to the club that Wednesday with a sunscreen, a jacket and a ice cold pack of beer.

Got there, found the boat, but no one on-board - wash board still up, jib stowed, etc.  It was an old 30ft Miura that needed a few buckets of paint and a good scrubbing down.  A few minutes past (20min) and finally a random bunch of people came.

The crew was a mixed bunch, almost like the A-Team and had nothing in common except sailing:
  • The French man, who raced in the med on luxury yachts, but was working in South Africa now
  • An English woman, who was a skipper, but played waitress on-board
  • A Elderly man that was deaf and played the role of Bowman and line man - can you believe
  • Me, an Afrikaans 24 year old - grinder, shark bait and all things wet and dangerous
  • The Skipper - still not there
  • Crew no6 - still not there

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Last days of summer

Winter is slowly approaching, but luckily there is still a good few sunny days left to go to the beach before our yearly rain season starts.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Water, Drugs and submarines

Lately there have been a lot of reports and coverage on piracy all over the oceans.  But behind those headlines another evil on the high seas is showing its head - Drug smuggling via semi submersibles.

Luckily a lot of these subs have been seized and the effort to stop drug smuggling increased.

Complete story and pictorial by TIME