This time last year . . .

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This time last year . . .

Postby Nick » Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:12 pm

We were in Cascais, eating and drinking on board Noble Warrior with a plan to leave for Sines in the morning.
(Never happened . . . )

I remember Bart from Orca being amazed that we were planning to sail in the morning when we were still socialising and drinking wine at two in the morning. I explained that it was the Scottish way . . .

Last year we were heading South and still wearing shorts. This year we might go for a last sail tomorrow then we will be coming out of the water. The clocks go back next weekend and the darkness begins.

We are thinking Greek islands next year maybe . . . but it's a bl**dy long way. From Cascais it is three times as far as the Canaries . . . and it's only a Summer sailing destination anyway.
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Postby Booby Trapper » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:41 pm

Imagine it must be quite difficult to settle after spending such a long time away. I know how I felt after a week sailing in Majorca this year.
Thing was I had to come back for a wife and two kids and full time employment.

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Well . . .

Postby Nick » Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:48 pm

I have a wife (who came with me for a year on the boat)

Two kids - flown the coop

And a full-time job, but I can do it on the boat . . . .

Just not sure what we are doing here with Winter fast approaching
- Nick 8)

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Re: This time last year . . .

Postby Telo » Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:31 am

Nick wrote:We were in Cascais, eating and drinking ........... socialising and drinking wine at two ............ still wearing shorts ..........
Stop snivelling, and pull yourself together, man! It's not that bloody good. The marina's currently awash with plastic bags, and it is unseasonably warm - it was still over 20º this evening, about an hour after sunset, and a lot of people locally are worried about the possibility of water shortages in the coming year. This should of course be when their dams and aquifers are restocked with the now non-existent winter rain. Apart from the devastating forest fires earlier this year, what else has climate change got to offer?

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Well . . .

Postby Nick » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:39 am

Apart from the devastating forest fires earlier this year, what else has climate change got to offer?

Probably a mooring at the bottom of the garden . . .
- Nick 8)

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Postby JamesFrance » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:46 pm

The weather in Portugal has been so different from that in the Med. It has been cold and dull over on the Spanish coast and they have had serious flood damage on the Costa Blanca recently.

A while ago now I was going to help friends go over to Syracuse from Valetta on an Oceanic cat to qualify for a duty free ration.

A night passage was planned and it started to blow up strongly during the evening. Someone reckoned the perfect seasickness remedy was brandy, so we emptied a bottle before setting off.

Half way there the waves were coming over the top so we stopped and went to sleep as the brandy didn't seem to work.

When we woke in the morning there didn't seem much point in going to Sicily, so we turned back and hid in a creek on Gozo, before making a triumphant return to Malta.


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