Wednesday, 22 April 2015

2015 Season. Week One

I arrived in Corre on Friday 17th April in a downpour of rain.
However once aboard Antiope all was dry below, she had survived the winter well,
Having evicted a few angry spiders, I was able to set up home. A bachelor pad for a while as Annie will be joining me later in the season.
Covers off in the morning, on a warm dry Saturday, clean up and down to work, the topsides were overdue for a repaint, so while this Summer like weather continues, Antiope gets her beauty treatment, of a kind!

Day three, sanding and filling, sanding and filling again.

A sundowner at the end of the days work.

Monday, 13 April 2015

A diferent kind of boating

                                                The writer at the helm of Steinlager 2

A week away from heading back to France and Antiope, I had the opportunity to sail aboard Steinlager2 on the annual Auckland to Tauranga race. We were frustrated by light winds, so no glory for us, the small boats beating us on handicap, but for me a great experience.

                       After a complete refit, Steinlager 2 looks as good as she did 25 years ago 

Steinlager 2 was sailed by Sir Perter Blake in the last Whitbread, Round the world  race. She still holds the record for winning all 5 legs of the race.
                 Bags are packed, the next post should come from on board Antiope.