Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 1st update

Hi all,
I am so early leaving Antigua this year, no sinking monthly visit to the slipway boat yard for repairs this year WoW.
I am now in Nevis, I arrived here last Saturday early evening, and I am leaving on the 15th to St Martin/St Maarten, It will depend on getting the fine tuning done to the boat, couple of items left to do to make life easier. Some cosmetic work as well, the cabin is a tip and I need new cushions in the saloon. This post is coming from the Double Deuce beach bar and restaurant, civilised with good food and Internet !!!! will get in touch when at St Martin, will then know more about what is suposed to happen next. Had a few maintenance  prob's due to lack off on my part, all now done.
more coming
Roy

Sunday, April 30, 2017

3rd Post April

Hi All,
Well didn't get to post after all, just too busy having lots of fun and hard racing, Had the best classics since my first one in 2010! an amazing time on the 30th anniversary, my crew consisted of Rowan, Sasha and Rhys all from Beaumaris Anglesey (corrected spelling) Suzie, owner of 'Spirited Lady of Fowey' and Paul her crew. also on the trip round from Falmouth to English Harbour we had Suzie's two dogs as well (Chester a cocker spaniel also did the cannon and parade of sail) ! We had such a good laugh together for the racing and all the parties that followed, I took Rowan as my guest to the Owners Party at the newly restored and opened (By Prince Harry) Clarence House in Nelsons Dockyard, a first time to this party for me as well. we also did the steel band event up at Shirley Heights. I had a new palm tree hat made for me as I lost the last one, plenty of Dark and Stormy Rum drinks later we made it back (just).
I was able this year to beat one of the fast racing boats that beat me last year, I had to work hard for it though, on the Cannon race I actually passed her on the first leg of the cannon race and forced her down to fourth place every race, That gave me a Third place in class and a trip on the stage for the crew as well, I can not get close enough to even see 'Janley' on the race course, there was also another fast boat in my class this year called 'Vagabundo'  didn't see that one either!
My Crew are posting the pics on face-book but have promised to send the photos to me so I can post them, So only one pic of me with a big smile after passing 'Seefalke' and a picture of her behind me

Big smile as I passed Seeflake (looks like i'm on a speedboat judging by the wake)





SeeFalke after I passed her
So with a bit of patience I should have more to post later
Roy

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2nd post April

Well  folks that connection didn't last long, 2 days before it failed, never mind I have now moved from Jolly to Falmouth harbour been here a couple of days now, I am presently in Seabreeze Cafe at Antigua Yacht Club Marina plugged into their television socket !
All events this year are going to take place in English Harbour, including all the dockage, so will have to go there tomorrow and register to receive all the info and find out were they have put me. I have already tested the connection over there and its ok, so just maybe I will get time to post a blog inbetween the parties and racing, as its the special 30th anniversary not sure about that !
Boat dragged one anchor last night, put me too close to the shallows so was up trying to sort it on and off all night, it was sorted this morning once it got light, I'm a bit tired though today.
Have not taken many pics since leaving St Lucia so have none to post but if it goes a dolphin movie follows:-

video
The video was taken somewhere between St Maarten and St Thomas, only a short edit for the blog
Hope there are lots of pics this year, there are a few J class boats here and going to race !
Roy

Monday, April 3, 2017

First update April 2017

Hi Everyone, at last another update !
Well I've been on my travels again, left St Martin French side and went to Water Island St Thomas usvi, stayed there a couple of weeks, met a lot of friends and said hello to a lot of people, had a great time, did all the shopping I needed as well, one item has been on my bucket list since 2011, an electric windless for the anchor! Got a bargain in Island Water World here, and knowing I had the wages in the bank for fixing my own boat I splashed out!, (I am getting old these days and have a problem lifting it up if I anchor more than 10mts deep!) I got some teak wood too, to fix the Windless on a pad on deck, and have sort of worked out how to install it without ruining the look of a classic boat. After 2 weeks I left there and headed for Antigua on Tuesday 28th March and after a quick stop arrived at Jolly Harbour Antigua on the 1st April! I found out yesterday that they opened an internet cafe in the marina here (yippee) so first post this morning in comfort at long long last! will sort out pics cos its a good connection at only 80 EC $ for a week! So more coming soooon
Roy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

update March

Hi All,
Well various people have been posting pics of me on Facebook apparently, enjoy cos I can never even open my page and have never seen them!

I left St Lucia as soon as I received the cheque for the damage from 'Moorings' charter comp.
I had a nice girl (Jacks from Berlin) on board for the trip to St Maarten, she has this as her base. broke my record for the journey up island and made it in only 54 hours, this was including a 12hour heaved too stopover behind Montserrat in the lee of the island.
Had a few issues as weather wind and seas were a bit on the rough side, boats first trip after 7 months laid up and no issues of a desperate or dangerous nature experienced. flying along touching 10 knots every now and then. MAGIC
will keep up to date when I can
Roy

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi Everyone again,
I am in a workshop at Rodney Bay Marina attempting to upload all the pics I took of the boat and the damage. I can't write the story but I will try and put a comment on each pic, this will be a marathon exercise, hears hoping I am successful. They start here with pic No. 1, its starts inside the boat as that is were the camera was at the time.


What a horrifying sight that greeted me

many views



and seeing the work I was going to have to repair was hart breaking

The smashed hull from outside




I just couldn't get my head round the fact I had cleared customs and was leaving that morning

then I started to rip out the wood











The boat that hit me was totaled


centre console ripped out

and the forward storage hatch ripped in half


about to go into the shed

mast in first

then the boat, and I started right away on removing the planks this pic shows finding the fastners by sanding the paint off


both the water tank filler hose and fuel filling hose had to be removed


more wood coming off

and more

The hole gets bigger and bigger

looking out from inside

the corner off my bed now exposed and the porthole which had been missing thought to have fell in the sea was found

nearly all the wood removed

all the bits and pieces

and the hole and what I need to repair exposed


three frames kaput also the forward mast partner



planks assembled to show how much had to be removed

three frames

making the butt blocks for joining the new planks

The wardrobe door, as wardrobe had to be taken to bits

whilst waiting for the wood to arrive all furniture was removed sanded and varnished

the wood ordered got lost in Puerto Rico for five weeks so re-varnishing was started

I took loads of pics usually as I finished work for the day as it went too dark to see




started the sanding and filling of both hull sides were I could

all around the hole

starboard side was completly finished with the first top coat applied

one of three work places


sanding and filling


and first topcoat

and aft view

the port hole was refurbished


then the wood arrived and first job was make new frames

3 x 4 foot lengths of 6" x 3" white oak had been recieved


view of a butt block



2 frames completed

inside veiw

end of mast partner and frame remade




then spieling the new planks after getting them the right size first

The planks 4 x 2 1/2" x 7 foot


first 2 trial fitted




then all 4 and drilling the fastening holes




now fastening all the planks permanantly

inside view of planks and frames



after fitting and fixing into place the forward mast partner with repaired grown oak knee

pics of butt blocks white ones aft


forward ones varnished in cabin







deck after plugging and sanding


caulking and sanding hull planks



inside view of fasteners fitted roved and riveted

some of the local yard workers, all became friends




plugs getting fitted


then the seam sealant put in


then when dry the painting of port side began with the priming coat

undercoats + sanding and filling







this was happening inside too

fitting the wardrobe planks back in place




all painted


and varnished










Hull with first topcoat



bow sprit stem head re-furbished




bow sprit re-fitted with finished stem head

cabin top sanded and repainted

all furniture varnished and re-fitted


planks varnished and painted inside



and hull both sides with final topcoat applied




then the mast job



whilst doing the mast a rotted piece was found so had to be all re-done and new wood scarfed in



re-assembling furniture and rigging



doing the deck




and finally out of the shed



So Guys and Gals you are all up to date at last, 6 months and 4days out of the water

Roy