Distracted & Unsettled
I’ve been feeling strangely distracted and unsettled recently.
There’s no particular reason I can put my finger on, it’s just me being me I guess.
I’ve let my running slip, I’ve done no work on the boat, what little writing I’ve done has been slow, disjointed and poor.
It’s disappointing. I have the tools, I have the time, I have no excuses.
The marina is getting busier with folks returning after spending the winter back home. All around there’s work going on, there’s a buzz about the place.
A new season approaches, there’s talk of Greece, Italy, The Balearics, The Azores, The Canaries and Atlantic crossings.
Truth be told it’s bugging me. Because we’re going nowhere. Maybe that’s got something to do with it.
I know it’s our choice. I know it’s the right decision. I know it’s necessary. But ……
It probably didn’t help that one of my distractions was to set up a new page on this website showing all the places we’ve been over the past two years. So many great memories.
You can check out the page HERE.
Gail is heading back to the UK for a few weeks on Tuesday. I’ll be on my own again. There really won’t be any excuse not to get myself together.
For now I’ll leave you with a miscellany of the week.
Gails been busy making new covers for the pod and nav seats.
She’s also added another item to her ‘things I never thought I’d do’ list – Mast climbing.
She’ll no doubt tell more in her own blog but needless to say I’m very proud of her.
The weather has turned warm and sunny for now. A welcome early spring. Alicante airport recorded it’s warmest March day yesterday. Temperatures peaked at 32.5’C (90.5’F), the hottest since records began in 1878.
Before the heat arrived we had our windiest day since arriving in September. Neighbours recorded a gust of 50 knots, and although we were safe and sheltered in our spot a local boat on the hard a short distance away was blown over onto an adjacent boat trailer.
The trailer punched a hole through the hull, ripped up part of the deck and broke one of the mast spreaders. Luckily it happened at night when no one was around.
Happily the wind was short-lived and normal weather service soon returned.
Another walk around the Calblanque Regional Park seemed a good idea. It was a tonic.
One of my other distractions was a very pleasant and welcome one.
It’s not unusual to have people take an interest in ‘Gleda’. We’re in quite a prominent position in the marina, there’s plenty of folks walking by and quite often they’ll stop and ask a few questions.
So it was the other day as a gentleman came onto the pontoon, he pointed at ‘Gleda’ and in a French accent said ‘Is a Tiki 38?’. I answered ‘yes she is’. ‘Ah’ he said, ‘so you are Neil yes?’.
The source of his knowledge was soon revealed. Jean-Claude Roux was his name and along with his wife Denis they were here because their son Olivier had told them to seek us out if they were passing Cartagena.
Olivier is another of my long term followers and a fellow Tiki 38 builder. Based in Geneva Switzerland, Olivier is one of the good ‘Wharram Friends’ I’ve never met.
Olivier is an engraver. He sent me a pewter Tiki necklace as a gift when we launched ‘Gleda’. I’ve worn it ever since.
Monsieur and Madame Roux are a lovely couple. They spend five months of the year in their camper van to avoid the cold winters in Switzerland. They sailed round the world in their own boat. It’s not hard to see where Olivier gets his kindness and spirit of adventure from.
It was an honour to have them aboard and I very much hope I get to meet their son sometime soon.
Sailing Yacht ‘A’ is still here and attracting a lot of attention.
Remember when I said that she dominates the harbour? Well have a look at the photo below.
The other morning I spotted another superyacht heading in. It was the 82m (272ft) ‘Kibo’.
That’s her coming alongside ahead of ‘A’. See what I mean?
‘Kibo’ is also Russian owned. A fella by the name of Alexander Mamut. The UK chain of Waterstones book shops is part of his empire apparently.
As far as I’m concerned ‘Kibo’ is a proper superyacht. All the interiors were designed by Terence Disdale. There’s a great article about her on the Boat International site HERE.
She’s described as having a timeless classic design. Specially commissioned artworks are a feature.
I particularly like a couple of quotes;
Of the dining area:
“A five star yacht will not properly function without five star pantries”
Of the lack of pool or jacuzzi:
“The owner said to me, ‘Who sits in a Jacuzzi? Really?’ He was right – you don’t want to be sitting in water when all you want to do is watch as you’re coming into harbour,”