Mixed Emotions

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Last night this year onboard Morpheus

Morpheus is ready for Winter.  I’m not sure that I am.

Tomorrow morning she comes out of the water and settles into her cradle here at EMV Marine for the next six months.  A few hours later and I’m on a direct flight from Barcelona to Oakland, Ca.  (thank you Norwegian Airlines!)

The next day, I get to attend an engagement party for my niece Kaitlyn!  Soon, probably within only a few days, it will seem like we never left.

I’m excited to be able to see family and friends, but damn I’m still disappointed that our plans to cross the Atlantic this Winter needed to be put on hold.

The Rock Of Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is a weather machine!

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I spent three days in Gibraltar walking around in the fog thinking that Fall had officially arrived.  It seems a walk of a few blocks might have taken me back to Summer!!

Special thanks again to Emmanuel Renoir who helped me sail the boat back to Barcelona and took the picture above!

Emmanuel and The Rock

 

Last Big Boat Chore for 2017

I’ve just spent the last week preparing the cabin top deck for new non-skid.  Last year, we paid to have it painted but it turned out on the slippery side of safe.  So…I got to redo it myself this time.

I may have over compensated, but with an ocean to cross next year, there will be no slipping on my decks!

I am happy with the results.

 

13 is our lucky number!

Down Calif (13)Exactly seven years ago today, Deb and I cast off from the Richmond Yacht Club and began an adventure that continues to this day.

We had been shooting for a departure on 10/10/10, but ended up three days late and had to settle for passing the RYC breakwater at 10:10am.

As we left that day, neither of us had any idea regarding how long the trip would last.  I was thinking in terms of maybe three years, and I’m pretty sure Deb was thinking three weeks might be fine.

Seven years and counting!

16 countries, a Newport to Bermuda Race, a Block Island Race Week, two winters in the Caribbean, and four seasons in the Mediterranean later we are probably closer to the end than the beginning.

But, as my hero Capt. Ron would say, nobody knows…

Back in Badalona

Thank you to Emmanuel Renoir for taking four days out of his schedule to fly down to Gibraltar from Paris and help me “sail” Morpheus back to our favorite Winter spot at EMV Marine in Badalona, Spain.  (Just north of Barcelona)

Now, I get to spend a week or so putting Morpheus to bed for the Winter before flying “home” to California.

Here’s a quick video which probably looks alot like ones I published last year at this time.