Help From Those Gone Before
At these times when life demands more time than I have and getting Gleda on the water seems a lifetime away it’s fantastic to hear from others who have gone before, completed their boats and are now out there reaping the fruits of their labour.
There’s no one I like reading more than Beat Rettenmund on the crab claw rigged Tiki 38 ‘Aluna’. They are currently in the middle of the Pacific visiting the vast atoll of Tongareva, which as Beat points out literally translates to South Floating in Space. He describes it thus “It is a single skinny strip of coconut palm peopled coral rubble, maybe 300 meters wide at its most, at other places reduced to rust red and olive green reef rock, which is awash at high tide. This strip threads on and on for 44 kilometers………”
The following is an extract from the most recent post on his blog
“Six days later one midmorning the tips of a thin strip of palm trees became visible on the horizon. We were just eight miles from Caroline Island, or Millennium Island, as some pranky politicians decided to call it. Flocks of birds soon streamed towards us, very healthy looking brown and white boobies, black frigate birds, smaller, stubby black and white fluttering creatures too. As soon as Aluna rounded the heavily breaking surf off the Northern tip we entered the calm waters of the leeward side. A more than 100 meters wide ledge of ochre tidal flats extended seawards from the blinding white of the coral beaches, which in turn inland became green curtains of coconut and pandanus trees. A symphony of bird cries came floating towards us from there and every now and then a break between the islets allowed a peak through to the turquoise lagoon inside…..”
Now how’s that for inspirational writing made to warm the cockles of a frustrated boatbuilder fed up of the long cold UK winter!
Thanks Beat, keep them coming!