Boatyard update 1

imageimageAfter a week of grinding, cutting and digging out the seacocks which were fiber glassed over and screwed in, as they did in the 70s, and in between rain, I tryed out my newly acquired fiber glassing skills, for the old  holes and filled the screw holes with dyno glass, here’s hoping I did a good job, next is too fiberglass the inside and drill new holes and put in new thru hulls and seacocks, after 43 years they were starting to fail and some were bleeding rust.  I have to admit it was a bigger project then I anticipated, and I was not sure if I could do it,  but with the guidance of my guys in the yard ( thanks guys! ) I’m half way through and feeling a lot more positive about everything.

Its amazing, how strong boats built in the 1970s are, as it was before the oil embargo and they knew how to build boats back then, solid, and as brad says, your not going to sit down on a seat inside and fall through the floor.  Yemaya is one solid boat.

here are some pictures, showing some of the process. Enjoy!

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Fish out of water

Do you remember being kids and playing macro polo In the pool? you never wanted to be caught as a fish out of water. And here I am, a fish out of water. Yemaya was christened this weekend, with red wine, good friends, and sailing backwards in the estuary, after her last sail before  the haul out. ImageImage

Now she is a fish out water and getting ready for her brazilian wax, and her bum painted, rudder checked and her sea cocks changed, as after 40 years they are looking very pink. Let the fun and games begin.

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Being Half the Sky

Linda P:

International Women’s Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE
Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.
Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

I just received thirdeyemums recent blog, and felt the need to share it. As it is international womens day, she reminded me of how lucky we are living in first world countries, while so many women suffer and live in violence, poverty, abuse, and slavery in the world. Today is a day to be aware , and celebrate the women who have inspired change in this world. To be kind, love, care and support our fellow sisters.
One very inspiring women is Malala Yousafzai, and her book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for education and was shot by the Taliban.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education..
Thank you Malala for your inspiration,strength and courage.
Happy international women’s day.

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“Women hold up half the sky” – Chinese proverb 

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Exactly a year ago today I was in Xela, Guatemala on a week long volunteer and spanish immersion trip when I heard the noise off in the distance. It sounded like a parade. I asked my teacher Lilian if she knew what on earth was going on and she replied with a smile, “It’s International Women’s Day!” and asked if I’d like to go see the festivities. I had never heard of International Women’s Day before yet it sounded spectacular. I packed up my school work and Lilian and me were off in a flash to the main square.

There I watched in awe and joy how a community could come together as one and celebrate the rights and beauty of women. It was so incredibly touching that I rushed home and instantly wrote a post on the experience…

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The Bay Area

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I have to say I have been very lazy with my blog, but very busy with the boat, so it all evens out. So after installing new solar panels, had to get new batteries to support all that juice from the panels.which lead to more wiring, oh how I hate wiring, but i seem to be doing a lot of It! After some re wiring, and a new ham radio installation, which I love, chatting to people all over the world. I made Brian and I new main sail covers, a big thanks to my friend Kristy for her house, machine and doggies. Then I believe I did some more wiring, will this wiring ever end! Damm 40 year old wires. Then the rain came, which in california we have needed, which gave me time to finish all the little jobs, new bilge pumps wired up, fix leaks, apply new stickers to the hull. Then time to go sailing, oh what a relief to have the sun shining down, the bay glimmering, clear blue sky not a bit of fog, Yemaya rumbling along, the bay bridge behind me, the golden gate bridge beckoning me to sail under her and beyond, the city  offering all the delights of life ashore, the mountains, the people, the beautiful and diverse Bay Area.

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Hello 2014

2014 is upon us, and Shaping up to be a fantastic year. This is a very late happy New Years, but wishing everyone the best and that all their dreams for the year come true! I have mounted my solar panels and am happy to have free energy, love my solar! It took a lot of thinking to decide on the best way to mount them, and I settled on an arch of sorts, to keep them out of the way, and so on anchor I can hang my awning up, and get some lovely well needed shade. It seems I have spent months wiring up the boat, and it is not my favourite thing to do, but it’s done now, almost! Yemaya got a new main sail, which is exciting, As I have never had a new sail before. So she’s Almost put back together again, after a couple of months being away from the boat. Next on the list is the always fun, haul out!

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Henry Rollins

Spoken Word,

After reading Yogic Sailings last blog, it made me think about why we travel, then I came about this fantastic piece of writing by the great Henry Rollins, his writing and singing always puts things in prospective. I too have been asked, why do you travel, are you running away from something? And the answer is no, I travel to expose myself to the truths  of this world, to see the beauty of nature, to see sometimes the harsh reality of living for some people, to see simplicity in life, to expand my mind, to gain insight, to wonder, dream, explore. As there is no running away from yourself, no matter where you go on this planet. I love to travel and how it makes you a better person. So pack that bag, get out of your comfort zone, and dive into the unknown as you never know what you will find around the corner. Not all who wonder are lost.

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Time to move on

Linda P:

A Australian -Argentine family from Sydney, on their journey to sail around the world. I decided to share this beautiful piece of writing, as it resonates with me. And I love her views on this world. I hope you enjoy reading it as well.

Originally posted on Yogic Sailing Family:

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Irony. The day we leave France we end up spending half a fortune on a gas bottle adapter. Every European country seems to have their own system. Dis-unity. Variety. Add to the fortune we spent in Paris – it’s time to move on. I have mentioned how much I love this country and am especially grateful for the beautiful days we enjoyed in the city of romance and glamour embedded in the cheerfulness which only the treasured company of old friends can evoke. But when I can’t swallow anymore sugar and bleached wheat doesn’t even attract me in the form of a freshly baked croissants or a home-made chouquettes, then it’s time to move on. When I can’t laugh at ignorance anymore, but actually get annoyed at mothers smoking cigarettes in the middle of a playground and people blowing their dirty smoke right into my baby’s face – then…

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Americas cup madness.

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What luck to be here in San fransico when the Americas Cup is on. I have never been that interested in it, as I found the mono hulls boring, now with these 75 foot catamarans it blows you away watching these amazing boats, with speeds of 40+ knots downwind and 27 knots upwind. And its been great meeting new people in the crowds, mostly kiwis who have flown half way around the world to come and support their home team. Also a chance to catch up with friends from all over the bay as we are all drawn to this spectacular display of machines and sailors. I love how close they come to the shoreline, still wish they would come closer, it lets the crowd get involved.  At the moment the kiwis need only 3 points to win and take the cup back to New Zealand,  come on kiwis!

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Leave when you are seaworthy, one is never ready.

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Love of boats and the sea is a disease, like chronic malaria, once a person is ” infected”

It is recurrent and lifelong. once bitten by the sea, those that succumb can never leave it.

By Claire Allard

A truer saying, I have never felt more passionately about.

The sea has captured my heart and soul,

And yearns to wonder her blue roads,

To arrive in destinations unknown,

To new friends and old.

After leaving Jon Sanders in Darwin, were he returned to his own boat to continue on his 9th circumnavigation of the world. ( be sure to buy him a beer if passes by your shores.)

To arriving back in the Bay Area to my beloved boat Yemaya , and getting some serious jobs ticked off the list. The mast got pulled out and i put new rigging on, ran new wires up the mast and attached a VHF antenna, as there was not one on the top of the mast and Led mast head light.

Then found some corrosion in the mast step, so digging, scrapping, vacuuming and cutting up some of the floor, and epoxying the gap, an unexpected project but one that I am happy to have found out about now, when the mast is out. Amazing what a little bit of water can do over a long period of time to aluminium, but I love a keel stepped boat.

Now the mast is finally back in and I’m finishing running wires through the boat and putting reefing blocks on the boom so I can reef from the cockpit versus the boom.

I only had a cng stove and oven which had rusty pipes and corroded fittings, plus no one even sells CNG outside the USA, so pointless to keep. Got a nice second hand origo stove, which Is easy and simply, as my confidence to install a propane stove is not too high.

Also fixed the leaking water bladders which are not my favourite way to store water, as they leek and taste like plastic, but they came with the boat and had replaced very rusty tanks so that’s what I got for now.

Now  time to go sailing!

You call that bolt cutters? This is a bolt cutter!

You call that bolt cutters? This is a bolt cutter!

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The Straits

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A sad affair to leave Guam, the sun set as we sailed away with green mountains and a rainbow marking our end of stay in the Marianas islands. We passed countless atolls and islands on our way south, weaving through PNG, and past a live volcano in Rabaul. Next we tackled the Torres Straits, with 30-35 knot wind, as we powered through the straits in 18 hours. Bright orange sea snakes, dolphins, jumping fish and countless birds crossed our path and the sea was a beautiful aqua blue all the way into Darwin.

Here is our skipper Jon Sanders blog entry of our jaunt across the pacific, a funny read.

BJ Linda and I are in Darwin.

End of 5000nm long passage from Osaka to Darwin. Trevor and crew will take over from here.It was a wonderful experience. Japan to Australia. Trevor a nice boss. Was so.After the eastern end of Papua New Guinea we fetched trade winds. From New Britain to east end Papua New Guinea and Louisiade Archipelago was fresh south wind. I.E. on the nose. (You get that). Then we turned the corner for Torres Strait and Darwin. Down wind easterly.

It was straight down wind, which means tacking down wind. 30 degrees either port gybe or starboard. (To prevent an accidental gybe with auto pilot).

We tactilely gybed to the starboard, guess what, Port Morseby dead in front. We been weeks in the tropic sun and were sun burnt. They sell beer and yummy land type food. Lets go there. Never been there. (Have you?)

When 3 nm from Port Moresby entrance to the bay and harbour BJ made contact with the Royal Papua Yacht Club, who act as yacht agents.

It is saturday, you will have to anchor until monday to clear in. Checked anchor winch. Wont work. Got damp. 50 ft to anchor in. BJ, is strong. (He is so) reckons that is too deep for him to pull an anchor up. (Me too). What the heck. Keep going. So we did. Still haven’t been to Port Moresby.

A high of 1033+ cooked up strong wind warnings over the top of australia. And Arnemland. 25 to 33 knot. Got a 30 minute rainsquall, 40 to 45 knots. I suppose that is windy. Bloody hell the skinniest bit of the Torres Strait channel, its dark, its raining and a ship coming around the corner. It’s on AIS>. 2 reefs in the main. No. 2 headsail furled to snippet, Torres Strait mid night. Narrow channels. Bj by the wheel pressingB&G auto helm. 5 degrees here 10 degrees there. Linda at the chart table calling the shots. She does that rather well. My job was to relay sitting on the cockpit step. Big responsibility for me. Well it was. 5 degrees left. What did you say, ” 5 left”. “No a bit more”. “what do you mean a bit more”. “Well a bit more” , “whater do you mean” . “Well more”. Meantime there is a May Day out from a Frenchman in Torres Strait. I think he hit the bricks. His epirb went off, picked up by authorities in France and relayed to AMSA.

AMSA organised helicopter rescue next morning. Good AMSA>.

We did not want to reef further in the strait. If it aint broke don’t fix it. Not there any way.

We averaged 230 miles per day for 4 days. Trevor (he owns the boat) reckons we did that last part rather quick. Goes a bloody side faster when he and his son Daniel are racing it. Not all carbon fibre for nothing.

Carbon Fibre has a few faults. My short wave radio won’t work inside the cabin, (Blimey that,s the BBC). Nor hand held GPS. Tropics are hot and the inside holds the heat. Strong if the yacht leaps over the crest of a wave and free falls into the tough. But a worry if it hits a tree trunk or log head on.

Now “Optimus Prime” is in Darwin waiting for the good Trevor to take over. We loved her.

BJ and Linda have gone back to San Francisco. They both own an S&S 34 each, parked side by side. Linda keeps hers more tidy, Spotless according to her. I will tell BJ you said that. – (just did). Bad Jon.

Wherever those two S&S 34s are, is their home. (BJ has a mini trans yacht in France – he races).

My nautical journeys continue, per usual.

Kindest regards

Jon

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