5 août 2015 - Fairtransport
DATE:05/08/2015 GMT: 03:57 POS: 55 30,134 N, W 7 09,341 COG:135 SOG:3,7
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
WIND DIR: SSW
WIND SPD: 8knts
A Message From the Bo’s’un: Mother Nature is a Cold Hearted Bitch (Love Thy Ship)
Salt Water is good for the wood but bad for metal. Rain washes the salt from the rig but rots the wood. Sun lifts the spirit but degrades the fabrics and wood. And chafe, chafe is the enemy.
So we serve, tar, oil, paint, make baggywrinkles, sew on leather, repair sails, replace lines, clap on new seizings. Step on board Tres Hombres on any given day and you will find any number of these tasks being carried out, all for the purpose of protecting the ship against that which we are trying to preserve, nature.
We do the work happily though, for the first rule of sailing is to care for your ship. If you do she’ll care for you. The sea sure as hell won’t.
It’s midnight, we wake up. It’s morning light outside! We can clearly see. The deck, the water surrounding us, the faces of my shipmates, the horizon melting in thousands of colors of blue. The moon goes to sleep, the other watch also. We’re alone on deck with a very light breeze. We’re like an evolution […]
Paint and stain possible on this beautiful day. All sails are up, even the jib that the kids painted in Amsterdam. We sat her under the mainsail. We call it the ‘dolphin sail’. Some of the crew members enjoyed cooking yesterday while Soraia had a day off. Her pastas, oignons beignets, pizzas, lasagna and vegetables […]
Today we rolled our merry way past the Dover Callais line in a magical orange sunrise, having now officially left the English channel at our stern. Where we also had a stark reminder that not all of us are as privileged and free as us here on our little square rig shipping around a Corona […]