wanted to say “hello” after lurking for a while. As you may have seen I have purchased ‘Roquetta’ from Justin. She is an absolute delight and I have been talking Justin into releasing her for some months. Justin could not have made the process easier and I can confirm, that as you might have gathered from his videos, he is a proper decent gent!
Now to the bad news. I know almost nothing about either woodwork or sailing really, but I am suspecting that Justin will remain very much in the game. I am not a big believer in ownership of a boat, more that of custodian, so I hope I will be able to draw on his help from time to time too!
I have sailed a bit in the Med on ‘Moya’, a 45’ 1910 Morecambe Bay ‘Nobby’, built as a gentleman’s yacht, now enjoying her retirement years in the Sun. There are a few differences, such as the big gaff rig and not one winch to be found onboard. Still at least both have a tiller and are perhaps, not ideal in reverse. I am hoping to improve…
While I have been greatly impressed by the videos from both Justin and David Hopkins on ‘Draig Y Mor’, as well as the excellent read from Trevor David Clifton about his trip from Portsmouth round Cape Horn single handed in his Twister, I suspect my ambitions may be slightly less!
I will largely be sailing with my intrepid partner Marie, who had the pleasure of seeing my first ever skippering experience on a 27 foot mirage in Greece. I remember saying to her “not many boats about today” just before the force seven wind started up.
Hope in due course to meet many of you either on or off the water!
PS - In case you missed it there was a short article by Trevor David Clifton, as well as the offer to buy a copy “The Way To Cape Horn” at a very reasonable 7 quid including postage, in the Spring Magazine. It is a straightforward description of sailing a solo across the Atlantic and round Cape Horn, I really recommend it. No Ship’s Library should not have a copy… 😉
Congratulations on your new boat. I suspect your still getting acquainted to her. Im sure over the next few months your have lots of fun. Look forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures.
Roquetta is a lovely ship and as you said, I am sure Justin will be around to spend some time getting acquainted.