Friday, 15 February 2019

Sailing Greats

Gibraltar 2016: At La Linea Marina - a discovery...
I hoped this was the original "Joshua" (Moitessier); If not, it's still a heat-beating reminder
of an inspirational sailor and boyhood hero

Cape Verde Islands 2017: At Mindelo Marina - a chance meeting...
Then imagine meeting sailing legend, Jimmy Cornell - such an inspiration!
(with Greg (Sandro) on the right in the 2018 "Caribbean Odyssey") 

Monday, 26 March 2018

Bahamas 2018

Turks & Caicos & Bahamas 2018

Warderick Wells Land & Sea Park, Exumas

Local colour, Bahamas

There's a storm brewing over Turks & Caicos
South Side Marina, Providenciales

Monday, 5 March 2018

Remembering Venice

Venice 2015

In Venice, you could queue up for ages to see Saint Mark's Basilica or better still, just potter about to see what what might be interesting or quirky.

Admire Garden Art

Take a Punt
Cross a Bridge

Paint a Picture
Finally, take a guided tour on-line of Saint Mark's Basilica with Khan Academy.  Easy!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Two Views of Cape Verdes

I couldn't stop taking photos when we took a day tour of Santo Antao.  Yes, we really did sail in and stopped for a few days in Mindelo Harbour on Sao Vicente, just across from Santo Antao.  All in all, exciting stuff!

Up in the Clouds

Sea Haze over the Coast

Monday, 25 December 2017

Finding a New Direction

After a great deal of thought, we’ve decided to re-purpose this well under-used blog.  That said, it will still retain the Windjammer II information (just locate the tag) however it has promise to become a testing ground for all things that might be part of our ship’s locker.  To that end, there will be a little more about boats, naturally; a little photography as new things about the camera are discovered; travel and art history notes as we sail the seven seas; even more about learning new stuff, as one does; and family history research, although there's nothing nautical in that.  Sometimes it'll be a wordy post and sometimes not.  The bilges will never look so good.  Or be so promising!

Just to celebrate, let's make a start with a few shots of street art we found down a side street in Lagos, Portugal.  (Taken with my ageing Motorola mobile phone and not edited.)

And I’ll eventually get round to fixing up the header & blog basics…  

Saturday, 26 March 2011


Now that these words are posted, photos will follow soon to show you what a great sail boat we had.  In the meantime, these might tide you over.

Then it's on to other nautical treasures....

Design Specifics

Compass Designer Smith 1934-2008
Designer.  Claude A. Smith Junior, 4 September 1972,  New Zealand.
Capsize Screening Formula: B/cube root of (Displacement/64) = 11/cube root of (16,676/64) = 11/cube root of 260.5 = 11/6.4 = 1.72.  Note: Result should be less than 2
Displacement Length Ratio.  Equals (long) tons/(.01 x LWL in feet) cubed = 7.43/(.01 x 30.67) cubed = 7.43/.3067 cubed = 7.43/.0288 = 258.  Note: Boats with a D/L ratio of more than about 325 are heavy cruisers. A number between 200 and 325 indi­cates a light- to moderate-displacement cruiser, and less than 200 is very light displacement.

On her Hawkesbury River Mooring

Ballast to Displacement Ratio. B/D = 7304/16676 = 44%
Sail Area to Displacement.  SA/D = sail area divided by displacement (in cubic feet) 2/3 = 577/260.5 squared then cube root of result = 577/cube root of 67860 = 577/40.7 = 14.2.  Sail area is size of mainsail plus size of foretriangle (area bounded by headstay, mast, and deck).  To find dis­placement in cubic feet, divide it by 64, then square number and, finally, find cube root.  A SA/D ratio around 12 indicates an extreme under-rigged heavy cruiser.  A ratio double that one is typical of racing boats, and most modern cruisers fall between the two extremes. You can carry all the sail you want for light air (so long as you can reef quickly). Eg Windjammer main is 234’sq and no1 genoa is 504’sq = 738’sq.  SA/D ratio = 738/260.5 2/3 = 738/40.7 = 18.1
Hull speed = 1.34 times the square root of LWL  = 1.34 x square root of 30.67 = 1.34 x 5.54 = 7.42 knots
This report from the NZ Tradeaboat will fill in any technical gaps that I'm bound to have missed.

On the Hard at Oyster Cove in the wonderful Nelson Bay area