Monday, July 24, 2006

"I am sailing, I am sailing, 'cross the sea"

Last week I was invited to go sailing for six days in a row (24/7).

The aim was to sail the boat of a friend to the south of France. This would be too easy so we decided to round England as well.





Which meant non-stop sailing, night shifts, stormy weather, lot's of sun, dead tired after 6 days but quite the fullfilled person.







Sailing on the Spinaker (what's the English word for that?) through the canal is great fun. You have to remain focussed because the boat can trip easily..

At night you could see several constellations, satellites flying over, ufo's and when focussing enough the lights of UK and France on the side..




There were 4 of us on board and each had his own bedroom. But after 6 days of sailing the boat looked like a pigg-hole and there were some strange odours hanging around. I was ships cook too and managed to get only one person sick. But that could be because he ate my hamburgers too (and I sticked to cheese sandwich)..

Now I am having trouble gettin' up to speed back over here in Holland as we still are sailing that serious heat wave all together. I need a cold one!

22 comments:

Angela said...

Wow, that looks like quite the adventure. Glad you had a good time, and arrived home safely.

Be well,
~Angela

Mary said...

Beautiful pictures DA! I think I am envious. Never sailed. Not sure I could handle it but would like to try.

jd said...

What a fascinating trip. No sea sickness?

Josie said...

I once sailed around Vancouver Island. It was wonderful. We put into small bays and had fresh sea food (and lots of wine).

I once took the hovercraft over the English Channel, and it was very rough. You'd have to be a pretty good sailor to sail it.

Heat wave here too. Over 40 degrees C up the valley. Too hot for me.

Have fun out there.

Josie

Lisa said...

Welcome back, Dmitri--what a fabulous trip!

redfox said...

Sounds wonderful. I love the sea but get seasick!! So I usually stay at shore and watch the boats sail away!
When this war ends, I hope I can go somewhere, maybe Greece, and lay on the beach for a week. Mobile off, internet off, sea, sun, sports, sea food, martinis...LIFE!!!

Sothis said...

Looks wonderful. I am especially jealous since it has been hotter than hell in the low countries, and I would kill for cool sea air right now!

BTW, the English word for spinaker is spinnaker. All you have to do in English is steal the word from another language and misspell it (I think almost all sailing words in English were stolen from the Dutch!).

Try to stay cool--I hear the heat wave breaks tomorrow!

Lindsay Lobe said...

So what’s next - crew on the next Volvo -around the world race, maybe on second thoughts the insurance premiums too high!!
Great sailing....DA the Flying Dutchman ....how come you were the cook?

How about posting some sea food recipes for the high seas ....or was just a another leisurely swell!!

glenda said...

Wow. that looks like a lot of fun. love sailboats.

Tina said...

I wish I could sail. I only tried it once in Chesapeake Bay, but sea sickness took all the joy out of it... sigh... I am jealous.

Progressive Traditionalist said...

Too cool.
Great pics.
Get some rest!

Lesley said...

That sounds like soooooooo much fun!

Zee said...

I am soooooooo jealous, but maybe I can make you jealous one day as well. In any case, enjoy your sailing trip!

DA said...

Thank you blogfriends for your kind replies, no sea-sickness here JD allthouh the captain got sick once but that could also be due to my lovely cooking:-) I prefer to cook Lindsay because I like to take care of people (and always enjoy cooking with a nice glass of wine :-) No time for fishing so no fresh sea food while at it..

karena said...

Hah, why did you stick to the cheese sandwich? That looks like a fabulous trip and thanks for telling us. I need to go sailing for a few days, although the odor would get to me a bit. Thanks for sharing.

Belizegial said...

Cool, breezy, joyous. Sailing. The very idea is so appealing to one who has no immediate holidays on the horizon. Lovely background on your blog page.

Gary said...

What a wonderful trip DA! I head out next week on a diesel engine 50 footer with 9 other men. Talk about a pig hole... but we do swim a lot in the huge lake we're on - so we're actually pretty fresh.

Blogger formerly known as JBlue said...

Nice jacket, DA. Looks like fun. I've been touring...well, just St. Louis. Hotter than hell here, too.

voixdange said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Glad you made it home safely!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. Great pics - of your redecorating, too.

Kathleen Callon said...

Awesome.

AM said...

Heh! I am jealous! like seriously jealous!