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sailing around the world on our yacht, Ruby Rose

Month: March 2015

Balls, cards, boxes and balls!

This week saw our schedule become tighter as a week that could have been spent preparing for a circumnavigation was spend instead eating various pork products in Germany.
As the blog is meant to reflect sailing,I won’t dwell too much on Leipzig.Suffice to say that it was warm and pretty.
We did however purchase a lovely and totally impractical addition to our yacht:balls.To be more precise 20 cotton balls with Christmas light in.I have seen these in every Thai market I have ever been to, and they cost next to nothing. However,add some fancy packaging,a good choice of neutral colours and the gay man that hides in all of us jumps out and spends 30 Euros on a set.

Cotton lamp balls. A practical addition to any yacht

Cotton lamp balls. A practical addition to any yacht

They are however lovely,and until we get caught in a rough sea where they will be smashed to bits,they’re staying.

Trevor in the marina was kind enough to open up on a Sunday and allow me to retrieve our deliveries. It looked like the dullest version of a Dickensian Christmas as I opened package after package to find ,lovely gifts like burn cream, first aid supplies ,oil and fuel filters.

Spares, emergency supplies and boxes

Spares, emergency supplies and boxe



We did however finally get our business cards delivered. Now for those of you who may have seen or read American psycho, I have a thing about business cards. I mean, I haven’t as yet come close to murdering anyone for having a superior card. However I wanted ours to look good. Very good. Unfortunately , I will be handing them out over the coming weeks whether you want them or not.

Spangly , spot varnished business cards

Spangly , spot varnished business cards

Now I have a week ahead to tackle another set of tasks on our list, which has ” sort out the forecabin” at the top.
Our forecabin has spent the last six months being filled with sails and all the stuff we have accumulated for our travels. It now looks like a bloody jumble sale.

The Devils work. Our forecabin

The Devils work. Our fore

As you can see, there is all manner of junk to store effectively, including a stand up paddle board, my surf board , which I am going to string up from the roof, and buckets of other things. I have a long week ahead!

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Tick tock, the arse is hanging out of my jeans.

Unlike Joey Tempest of 80’s rock band Europe, I am not sporting a blonde mullet ( yet). However we have entered “the final countdown”. We have a more than vague leave date around the end of April. We have organized a leaving party, a lift out for the hull to be cleaned and antifouled. Then we’re off.

Terrifyingly, we have decided to start video blogging. I am far too entrenched in the early 1990s for this to sit comfortably . However this, along with Twitter and other black arts will need to be mastered. We have a twitter address which is @yachtrubyrose. Erm,tweet me or something…
Actually, I would be grateful if anyone could explain what the hell twitter is about?!! I’ve had some lovely people explain it in the past. I just don’t get it.
So at some point soon we will post links to our video blog, linked to our twitter account or some other jiggery pokery. Apologies in advance!

Aside from that,the lists that we have are expanding faster than we can complete items scribbled on them.

So where are we now…..

How to send mail overseas

How to send mail overseas

Well aside from a good spring clean we have been testing the electronics that will enable us to send mail, and receive weather while offshore. The SSB radio is up and running, the satellite phone now has credit and seems to work. We have also managed to get our awesome mailasail redbox to get all the phones and computers to talk to each other.

Our hydro vane is fitted and needs testing. The large red vane is conspicuous in the marina. However, so long as I haven’t stuffed up the install it should steer us across the oceans.

Hydro vane with vane

One of our head scratchers was which route to take. Even up until last month we were undecided. Now we have a plan!

Kent to Cornwall. Falmouth to Baiona in northwest Spain, then a cruise down the Portuguese coast, before a bit of the med., morroco, and the canaries. That takes us as far as November.

The only issue I have now is the state of my jeans! I vowed that I would not buy any more winter clothes as I was going to run off to the sun. This leaves me with 2 pair of jeans.
However the increased wear from all the maintenance, and washing has led to multiple “louvres” opening up in various places. I have patched them, but as soon as I get one patch on, another hole opens up. It is now a battle of wills between me and my jeans. I am determined to win, however at this rate it is only a matter of time before my arse is hanging out.