3375Hrs – 2014, The End Of The Beginning
So, here it is, 2014, the year when this project changes from building a boat to sailing a boat.
I know, I know, this time last year I was saying the same thing and within weeks my delusion became plain for all to see. This time it’s different, this time my feet are planted on solid ground and my head is clear. This time I will not fail, come hell or high water ‘Gleda’ will at last touch the salt water she has been destined for, this year will see the end of my boatbuilding life and the start of my sailing life. I can’t put into words what that means to me.
Christmas and New Year was all that I’d hoped for, me and my lady by the sea, chilling out and breathing in the fresh sea air. Whilst we’d returned before the dramatic arrival of storm ‘Hercules’ and its record breaking waves we still saw waves and swells the like of which are rarely seen on those South Western shores, 25-30ft. No photo or video can do justice to the sight, sound and feel of such a powerful force of nature as the angry sea. Calm days were rare but the photo below shows the residual foam running up on the beach at Lantic Bay near Fowey on Boxing Day.
I’ve learned over the years that the first week or so back inland after time by the sea is a time when I fall victim to the blues, I’m left feeling listless and unmotivated as my body and mind readjust to the lack of ozone and horizon. There’s no point fighting it, it leaves me when it’s ready and I’m pleased to say that it’s already departed. Now I can start work again, now I can throw myself into the next 3 or 4 months with all my heart and energy, now I can get this thing done.
Today I spent a long time working my way through the boat making lists of all the outstanding jobs so that I can put together a proper plan of action and maximise my productivity. I also made a start of the forward mast case and got it to the point where I can make some real progress on it tomorrow.