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Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby ash » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:42 pm

Just back from a 2 week flotilla sailing holiday with Sailing Holidays, N to S on the Ionian.

We were with the Jaguar fleet but had a last minute upgrade to a Dufour 32 Classic after one of the converted jags was Tee boned by a 44' er on autohelm during a previous cruise.

We had an excellent time and I'll try to do a write up somewhere when I get time.

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby Booby Trapper » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:53 pm

You should take a tip from Mark James, yesterday while commenting at the Open Golf
"It can get very cold playing links golf, I remember ken Brown used to soak his balls in hot water for at least an hour before teeing off"
:freezing


Maybe this should be in the "TIPS" forum??

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby Rowana » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:21 pm

I liked Ken Brown's description of someone's wayward shot into the long stuff -

"That shot was more twisted than an MP's expenses"

:lol: :lol:
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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby Pete Cooper » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:38 pm

Booby Trapper wrote:You should take a tip from Mark James, yesterday while commenting at the Open Golf
"It can get very cold playing links golf, I remember ken Brown used to soak his balls in hot water for at least an hour before teeing off"
:freezing


Maybe this should be in the "TIPS" forum??

I am sure I have heard that Arnold Palmer's wife kissed his balls for luck before he played.

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby aquaplane » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:48 pm

Some folk just love to rub it in don't they? Not only have they been off swanning around in the sun, they got a FREE upgrade, it had best be a good writeup.

Pete Cooper wrote:I am sure I have heard that Arnold Palmer's wife kissed his balls for luck before he played.


There may be more to this golf than I thought, it may be worth giving it a try.
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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby ash » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:58 pm

I've been hijacked - bl00dy golf!

Anyway - ploughing on regardless

I've uploaded my photos from my phone and camera to PB.

Click on Ash's Photos and use SwordFish as the password.

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby Booby Trapper » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:28 pm

So will it be stern to berthing on Loch Lomond now?

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby aquaplane » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:37 pm

What sort of anchor is best for stern to mooring? :troll:
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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby aquaplane » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:42 pm

Which pic has the BM budgie on it? I'm going to have to look at the rest when I'm at work and have more time, :lol:
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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby ash » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:02 pm

Booby Trapper wrote:So will it be stern to berthing on Loch Lomond now?

I don't think so - the Dufour could be easily steered in either direction in astern - the Vega just does her own thing.

aquaplane wrote:What sort of anchor is best for stern to mooring? :troll:

The genuine 7.5kg Bruce seemed to do the trick just nicely - only had one problem - and that was user error.

The Jags usually moored bows to but I tried to always go stern to - the kedge was manual and heavy work whilst the bower was electric winch.

On one occasion when using the Fortress kedge, it could be seen to be just lying on top of the sand, despite seemingly hauling the rode as tight as I could. She was part of a raft all lying bows on to the beach with the bower run up the beach so she wasn't going anywhere very far. :troll:

aquaplane wrote:Which pic has the BM budgie on it? :lol:

None, I'm afraid - didn't think to take it with me - not sure why not.

We were encouraged to make up one of our own - this was my effort - luckily the cushion covers were blue.

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby Mark » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:45 am

Great pics, thanks.

I notice the Red Ensign flying from your spreaders. I've chartered boats in Greece and picked them up with a British Courtesy flag flying from the cross trees. It seemed odd, since the boat isn't visiting Britain...

What's the logic behind it?

(...and no, I don't bother to take it down, life's to short for thinking about flag ettiquet when you're on holiday, and anyway, for all I know it could well be 'correct'.)

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The courtesy flag thing....

Postby Telo » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:03 am

It seems the charter organisers do it to indicate the nationality of the crew on board - it's been a few years since we were out there but we occasionally saw boats with two or perhaps three courtesy flags. I'm sure it's not really the proper thing, but it seems harmless enough, indicates languages spoken on board, and probably helps those other nationalities if they don't like rafting up alongside UK crewed charters......

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Re: Flags at Crosstrees

Postby ash » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:33 pm

I would think that Shard is correct.
The charter boats are registered as Greek and wear the Greek flag on the backstay. Any other flags are just 'fun' flags without any legal meaning.
Any boat that I saw wearing a red (or blue) ensign had a Greek courtesy flag flown at the stb spreader.
The flotilla lead boats carry battle flags which mean something to the crew - their national flag, their football team, etc.

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PS - The top photo shows 'our' Dufour leaving Sivota to be motored overnight north to Plataria to rejoin her own fleet - we spent Saturday night in an airconditioned apartment. I did offer to sail her back with the next S to N flotilla at a cost greatly reduced from my usual daily rate but they didn't take me up on my generous offer.
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Re: The courtesy flag thing....

Postby Mark » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:38 pm

Shard wrote:It seems the charter organisers do it to indicate the nationality of the crew on board


Thanks to Ash + Shard. Mystery solved.

Shard wrote:I'm sure it's not really the proper thing, but it seems harmless enough, indicates languages spoken on board, and probably helps those other nationalities if they don't like rafting up alongside UK crewed charters.


Strikes me as a brilliant idea & being 'not proper' is the icing on the cake AFAIC! :-)


Can't resist showing off a few pics myself:
http://fattie.freehostia.com/IonianImages2008
http://fattie.freehostia.com/ionian

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Re: Brrrrrr........it's cold

Postby ash » Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:41 pm

Found this video on my phone. Sailing towards Preveza. Wind and seas on the beam. Later on, and near the buoyed approach the water was less than 15M and we were corkscrewing and surfing now and then to 7.2knts (we had our LJs on by then) - very different from Loch Lomond.

[youtube]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wkcN29du4QE[/youtube]

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