Le Manège enchanté

“Wir träumen von freiheit und sind doch sklaven unserer gewohnheiten
(We dream of liberty, yet we are but slaves to our habits)”  –  Sowiso [Aachen drinking hole] toilet graffiti

I had set out on a trip around the Canaries on a bit of a magic roundabout. Going round in circles seems to be more of a day sailor’s outing, and I hadn’t really done any courses with an N for North in it since Belgium. But this was to be my holiday, the culmination of two years of fixing the boat in exotic locations, which some regard to be the essence of cruising a sailing vessel, and partying my not particularly godfearing backside off all over Europe.

Our elite + minimalist team consisting of Aaron and Anna got blasted from La Gomera to Gran Canaria by the vicious funnels around Teide. The blue crests of the 3 metre seas were almost transparent in bits, and we were all pleased to arrive in the blistering, […]

By |2018-03-12T23:56:23+00:00August 10th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Real World

“Modern man in the big cities is like a captured animal. We have all the comfort and food we need, still we are bored. But because we live among millions of equally bored people we do not notice the gloom. Only occasionally do we meet a surviving free spirit and wonder why he is so happy. It is not comfort which makes me happy.”  –  Sven Yrvind

We invested a wonderful two weeks on Lanzarote in the delightful company of fellow local liveaboard expatriates Sam and Terrie. The Euroballgames were on, a bizzare spectaculum whereby seemingly sane apes of the species sapiens rally around a flag they were assigned due to sheer geographical coincidence at birth, and huddle in front of their teleprompters to watch 22 select hairdos prance about a pretty lawn. When in Rome do as the Romans do, they say, and, accordingly, we invested a few weeks living by their panem et circenses [bread and games] recipe to keep […]

By |2018-03-13T00:15:40+00:00July 1st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Return to Tatooine

“What surprises me most about humanity is man. He sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies never having really lived.”  –  Dalai Lama

A long winter of hard work and no play nearly made this humble narrator a dull boy. Barry R turned up a full month early to help bodge the boat up to ocean travel standards. And turn the aft cabin into a fully fledged orgy platform. My local friend Sandra helped redo the name on the stern with a stencil. And we mounted some solar panels. And my neighbour Klaus gave me a lovely rotting rib, which should do us for a season or two. And we […]

By |2018-03-13T00:26:32+00:00June 7th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mar de Alboran wins

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”  –  Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Abortive attempt at crossing the Mar de Alboran Aguadulce (Almeria) – Melilla.. Gale force winds from wrong direction. One angry pond the med was that day..

By |2018-03-13T00:31:07+00:00May 4th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments