In Other News
The weeks and months continue to fly past.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Cartagena for over 12 months now.
Friends from last winter have started to return after their long summers of sailing and exploring. Sunday BBQs will be full of stories about their experiences for weeks to come.
I’m looking forward to hearing them all. That’s despite knowing that I’ll be left feeling we should have been out there as well.
But those feelings will pass. There are no regrets about our decision to stay. It was the right thing for us and that’s all that matters.
Spring will be here soon enough. We’ll be back cruising before we know it.
Our extended stay means that regular promenaders on the waterfront here will have got used to seeing ‘Gleda’ just the other side of the marina glass. Not many stop to look now. But there have been a few more recently.
A few weeks back the local newspaper ‘La Verdad’ sent a reporter and photographer to do a little story about us.
It seems the idea that someone could build a wooden catamaran and sail it from England is a novel one for some folks. I’ve no idea why that could be.
We spent about an hour being interviewed, with Mar in the marina office acted as interpreter. The article appeared online last week.
We had a giggle to see that Gail’s surname had been changed from Nix to Nit. Mine came up as Hawkerford a few times. It makes a change from Hawksworth I suppose.
The headline says – A hand built boat around the world – Two Brits have stopped off in the port and relate their adventure aboard their catamaran ‘Gleda’. Built from wood in a barn.
We had made it clear that we were just starting our adventure, not finishing it. None the less the reporter gave the impression that we were shortly casting off for Polynesia. Just another confirmation that you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the papers.
A few days after the newspaper was published Alberto from YPC came up to tell us that Murcia TV wanted to come and film us. “You are famous now”, he said.
We said OK and that afternoon the reporter Maria and her cameraman arrived.
What we hadn’t realised was the the broadcast was going out live. Mar from the office wasn’t free to come and translate and Maria didn’t speak a lot of English. It was going to be a bit high pressure.
Maria showed her professionalism and handled things brilliantly. I’m ashamed to say that I acted like a complete numpty. Apart from repeating the words ‘ocho años’ twice, I couldn’t manage another word of Spanish. It was a pathetic effort after being in Spain for 12 months.
If you watch this little video edit you can see for yourselves just how bad it was.
On the plus side I now have a greatly increased determination to reach some half decent level of spoken Spanish. All I do is watch that little clip right before I study. It’s as much motivation as I can take.
With a face perfect for radio and a voice best suited to silent movies I’ll stick to writing in the future.
There are some Wharram sailors out there far more media savvy. Notably Stuart and Zaya on Tiki 38 ‘Luckyfish’.
I’m sure that most of you will already follow their YouTube channel
If not you really should. Their videos are very well produced, entertaining and packed with great information for anyone interested in Wharram cats and cruising on a budget.
Their latest video held a lovely surprise for Gail and I. Have a watch and you’ll see what it was. (if you’re pushed for time start at 4:15)
It was a pleasure to show them ‘Gleda’ and very satisfying to know that we in some way helped them get started on their ‘Luckyfish’ adventures.
Here’s hoping we’re able to catch up with them sometime. It’d be great to see them again.
One Tiki 38 owner we have seen again recently is Zvika. He came back to Cartagena with his daughter Shani to spend some time on ‘Touch Wood’.
The other day he invited Gail and I out for a sail. We jumped at the chance.
It was a gorgeous day. Lots of warm sunshine, a gentle breeze of about 10 knots, calm blue sea. Not bad for October in Europe.
It was nice to get out on the water.
‘Touch Wood’ sails nicely. Of course she does, she’s a Wharram.
But it was interesting for me to make comparisons with ‘Gleda’s’ standard setup.
Previous owners have made some modifications to the rig. She has a roller jib, a small ‘boom’ on the mainsail, different sheeting positions etc.
I wasn’t sure about some of them but a roller jib has been on my wish list since day one.
My enthusiasm for wrestling armfuls of sail on a pitching foredeck is waning in direct proportion to my increasing age.
That leads me to the subject of my next post – Ageing and Sailing.