Grandpa, what sort of anchor do you use on your boat?

Grandpa, what sort of anchor do you use on your boat?

So asked my 4-year-old grandson! He's living on a 12,500-tonne ship, currently in Chile, so anchors actually make sense to him and Whatsapp is really useful for keeping in touch with your family halfway around the world.

So I went down to Liza and took some photos to show him. He knew my old boat King Malu which was a 39 ft Nicholson ketch, but the Kingfisher is a lot smaller to put it mildly.

 The first photo was to show him the plow anchor secured on the bow of Liza. I don't have a windlass.
The second was to show him the Danforth anchor, which I normally stow in one of the lockers. I generally prefer a Danforth anchor, but at the moment I'm using the plow.

Then he wanted to see around the cabin, so I took a load of photos to show him. This is the small cooker we have on board. It's not actually working yet as I cannot find a regulator for the gas.
This is the small sink, with electric pumped water. I'm changin…


Wind at last… we (Sheila, Katie, Elizabeth and me) went out for a brief sail yesterday and there was wind. Sheila remarked how different the helm felt with wind. The Kingfisher has a relatively large rudder so even very small movements make a significant difference to the direction.

About 5 nautical miles sailed. Not far but good to be out on the water. And still relatively warm. What was surprising to us was that since it was glorious sailing weather and the previous weekend almost no wind at all… there were almost no sailing boats out sailing (I counted 3 others, and none when we started.)

What no wind again?

So time to chill out after a lot of work… in other words time for a sail. 09:30 we put the new straps on the bimini (yes, this works really well now) and motored out of the marina and put up the sails.

Wow… we're sailing along at 0.9 knots… then 1.1 knots… trim the sails and we're speeding along at maybe 2.1 knots.

And it looks like it's race day for the local sailing club. A dozen boats on the water all trying to get the speed they need to beat the others.

And then the wind dies. Well… it does where we are, about a mile or two out from the shore. Along the shore they are still trying to race and going nowhere.

 So what to do when you're going nowhere?

Get out the paddles for the dinghy and paddle!

And it's the first of December…

…and it's hot enough to be in a shirt and no sweater!

Even me!

Second sail with almost no wind…

One of my friends, Peter, has been asking to sail for months, nay, years and it has never worked out. So on Friday, when we were at a meeting together I said 'How about Monday?' and so yesterday we went out for a sail in Liza.

The track in green shows where we went. There was almost no wind. We sailed, but barely. But it was great to be out on the water again.

Helen, my new 10-year-old crew member, learned some new knots (well, hitch actually, but we'll call it a knot) and how helming a sailing boat with almost no wind is really not that easy to keep the sails full of the non-existent wind!

Sailing with Melvin, Asa and Kate

Wind? Hmmm... no. Other sailing friends suggested it wasn't worth going out yesterday with Melvin, Asa and Kate.

I guess it's as much an excuse for sunbathing and having a meal together on the water as anything else. Kate had sailed Toppers and other small boats and found that yacht sailing is the same, just bigger! I remember the first time I went from dinghy to yacht I was almost frightened by the size of the sails… and Liza isn't a big yacht by any stretch of the imagination. And with a very big rudder, she is light and handles almost like a big dinghy.

Sailing with Claire and Elliott

This was a very gentle 8 mile sail up the coast this morning. To start with there was almost no wind at all, so we slightly more than drifted up the coast. I was thinking about trying to get to the Dhekelia Sailing Club to see what they were doing, but we didn't get quite there!

The bolt that allows you to fix the speed of the ouboard had broken on the last sail -- the plastic outer knob had sheered off -- so I attached a Jubilee Clip to the bolt head to enable me to turn it without needing pliers.

I hate bodging things, and I'll replace it correctly ASAP, but this enabled me to get out and sail and that was important for chilling out time (for both me and Claire for different reasons).

This was Elliott's first time sailing… sometimes smiles and sometimes intense concentration!

I was actually most worried about… him getting sunburnt! The Cyprus sun is intense and people who are unused to it can burn easily. When sailing I even use high protection factor sunscreen.

My intent…

Trying out the main

We went out for a brief sail today. Last sail for the next month. Helen wanted another sail and I wanted to check the mainsail.

Mainsail was great except that I had the topping lift and the halyard the wrong way round so it wouldn't go to the very top of the mast. But she sailed well balanced. I do like Crusader Sails!