Anthem Adrift

20 June 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
18 June 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
03 June 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
28 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
21 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
16 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
14 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
12 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
07 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
05 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
01 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
28 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
21 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
18 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
17 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
15 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
14 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
13 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
10 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
09 April 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina

Gauntlet of Get

20 June 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Tuesday 20 June 2017

Second week after being poisoned is awkward for Jannie. White cells take a dumper and her endurance goes with them. Not awful, but don't need tie-downs to make the Energizer bunny rest. Only a quarter through and already pining for the light at the end of the tunnel. Marina mates will soon be departing for Indonesia and we hope they have as much fun and adventure as we did, but we'll miss them and wish we could go too.

Love to get toys (defined as pretty much anything). Jan bought a Magic Bullet blender, new pans and earbuds so good that balance of crew was forced, forced I say, to get some too. Sound is nearly as good as Bose noise cancelling and they don't fall out. We never buy each other gifts and that, contrary to popular culture, is a good thing, for among other excellent reasons, to avoid accumulating crap that neither wants very much and has no room for. However, after a voicing of interest she just bought me a Fitbit Charge 2 heart rate/fitness wristband. Any time, day or night, I can check that my heart is still operating. Probably wouldn't be a first indication, but comforting nonetheless. Can also track levels and sum of activity, calories burned, sleep stages and a pant-load of stuff that only a rabid fitness freak would have a clue what to do with. Everything is synced to a smart phone so one can easily be reminded just what a shiftless slacker he is. Toys.

Getting delivery of playthings in Oz can, however, be a chore. Earbuds, for example, were shipped from the UK on 23 May. Arrived in country just a few days later to be sucked into the Auspost black hole. Seller couldn't track once here. After a couple of queries eBay CYA'd by changing expected delivery to 6 July. Probably a coincidence they arrived today after formal inquiry #12100615 entered yesterday. Winch stems have languished somewhere in UPS Neverland for a week after more than 25% extortion paid to and subsequent release by Border Force, i.e. customs. At least we have plenty of time to sit and spin while waiting.

"I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?" - Ronnie Shakes

Jack

Stodgy Or Dodgy?

18 June 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Sunday 18 June 2017

After second round of chemo Jan is tolerating very well and her prognosis remains excellent. Expect to permanently blow this popsicle stand as soon as possible, perhaps December. Meantime expect to temporarily blow this popsicle stand as soon as possible.

Unfortunately it's mighty hard to get anywhere from Darwin, it being at the arse end of the continent. However and notwithstanding former suspicion that stifling heat and humidity would last forever, weather has turned beautiful. Every day is nearly perfect: cool nights with warm days under blue skies and always some breeze. This could be paradise but for a couple of issues (issues are much like problems only more au courant). To begin, Darwin is the arse end of the continent - previously mentioned, self explanatory. The most important consideration, somewhat related to the first however, is that we know what to expect every day. No adrenaline pumping leaps into uncertainty here. No surprises over the near horizon to keep one on his tiptoes. No anticipatory excitement to see what weird crap will happen next. Every day is like every other with minor variation. It's just like being a dirtling and, like following the lead dog, the view never changes. We ran away from home to avoid this sort of thing.

As previous entry two plus weeks ago suggests this sailing blog is degenerating into a non-sailing bog because, while we are surrounded by sailboats, an abundance of boat related paraphernalia and water, there is no actual sailing involved. Not sure how to handle that. Could share numerous incredibly perspicacious insights into the human condition that would make the world a better place if anyone paid attention (this would be the potential flaw in an otherwise boffo plan), but that might incite the murder.. that is to say justifiable homicide.. of too many politicians, lawyers and do-gooders. Don't want that on my conscience. On the other hand it could be like the election of America's new POTUS: really, really bad, but pretty darned entertaining. Who knows, they both might even occasion some benefit. Have to give it the odd ponder.

Jack

Racing and Ranting

03 June 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Monday 29 May 2017

Given various frustrations thus far was surprised to have full replay of America's Cup day 2 at Darwin Hotel bar this morning. It couldn't be that easy of course as the audio was muddy and out of sink and ambient noise made any utterances emanating therefrom unintelligible. However, got to see races at least and finally figured how to mirror computer on our big 19" flat screen TV so have video of highlights and helmsman conferences from Youtube and AC website. Search for more satisfactory solution ongoing.

Tuesday

So here's the concept. Yacht and boat clubs have TVs, right? Since there's nothing much to do in Darwin besides watching sports (slight hyperbole), the coverage probably includes that, right? Members are interested in boats, right? Probably have some interest in racing boats, right? Anyway they won't have recovered by 1130 from the night before so won't be around to complain, right? Should be able to watch America's Cup racing on either Darwin Trailer Boat Club or Darwin Sailing Club TV, right? Went to DTBC first because they have the best setup. Although the manager had heard of it no one at the club had a clue that an America's Cup was being run. Handed me the remote to have my way with the really huge screen. YES!

Wednesday

Somebody may have spread the word as several club members were in attendance for racing today. Hope they aren't disappointed when it doesn't go tomorrow at 1130. Replay changes to 1630, then no racing next day, then 0830, then back to 1130. Apparently Fox Sports either doesn't care if people get in the habit of watching the AC or something more important like wrestling, tiddlywinks or grass growing is preempting. Guess most people think yacht racing is even more boring than soccer. Harrumph. May not have seen boats that go nearly 50 knots with closing speeds 70 or 80 as they cross or realized that short attention spans are accommodated as each race's six lengths of the Great Sound only takes about 15 minutes. This ain't yer granny's America's Cup. It's an extreme sport and isn't even my idea of what the Cup should be, but man is it good.

Thursday

Checked on winch stems and they're in Changi, Singapore. Have been informed of arrival Tuesday from Sydney. Apparently no one is aware of the border force black hole there that randomly emits shipments on an obscure bureaucratic timetable. Nevertheless could have operative primary winches in the foreseeable future.

Saturday

Winches still in Changi. Hoping for this month.

** Seriousness alert **

Just emailed buddies in Florida with some perspective for Americans that is completely inappropriate to the tone of this blog. DO NOT read further. You have been warned.

For the last 40 years counting 9/11 (2983 civilians killed in that unique event, otherwise 41 by foreign born terrorists) the odds in US of getting killed by any act of terrorism including domestic, non-Islamic is 1 in 48,000 (1 in only 249 to be otherwise murdered). Also, to be killed by: refugee terrorist - 1 in 46 million, illegal immigrant - 1 in 138 million, visa waver program entrant - zero. Politicians and bureaucrats have taught us to be afraid and most of us have bought the line. So, how about we toss an additional half trillion dollars at it and create as much inconvenience as possible, OK? Sure! It's all that's keeping us safe, right? Sure! How many billions of dollars and how much aggravation at airports (mostly cosmetic) should we tolerate to prevent 6 deaths a year? Wars on - you name it - poverty, drugs, terror and ultimately individuals no matter how ostensibly well intentioned are primarily a way as Jefferson opined as a general tendency for "government to gain ground and liberty to yield.” Franklin had a comment too: "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

If you read this you have only yourself to blame, but I feel better. Thanks.

Jack

Up And Running

28 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Thursday 25 May 2017

Busy week. Chemo Tuesday left Jan feeling... OK. Cool. Doctors visits yesterday and today. All various and sundry parameters good. Major headaches are a slight headache, ummm right, plus tiredness. Fatigue will be the primary aggravation it seems. Same, but shorter bouts of frolicking. So far so good.

Friday

Drove Jan to yoga then went on to pool. Another 367 laps.. whatever.. and back to have brekky at Ruby Gs Cafe near the studio. May have mentioned that swimming is more boring than soccer and even than footy, but one does what one must to maintain while dirt dwelling in Outback Northern Territory, Australia.

Just received factory refurbed iPhone 5S - new toy, love toys, cheap. Half local price shipped from US. Also found reasonable off-brand internet to allow streaming movies so subscribed to Netflix. Now working on live streaming America's Cup. Racing starts at 0230 local so no bars are open and anyway who wants to be drinking all night (you in the back, stop waving that rum bottle while mumbling incoherently and sit down). Can't stream Fox Sports AU because they haven't upgraded their software from OSX 10.7 Lion that was replaced 5 years ago. No cable connections in the marina. The AC+ app for iPad/iPhone/Android that streams live in most countries is not allowed to do so here. Would be happy to pay, but nobody wants to make a couple of bucks and won't take my off-shore visa anyway. Ha! Found VPN to stream from US. Take that you wankers. Expect technology test tomorrow night.

Sunday

Should probably send this now in case folks wondering about Jan. Going great. Almost no bad effects. Rode bikes last two days. Lots of energy. All good.

Got video stream from America's Cup last night on iPad, but no commentary or sound. Anybody up to speed on the AC+ app? May get replay on Fox Sports in the morning at 1130 - sports bar in Darwin Hotel has all FS channels. Not holding breath. Manaña: bike to yoga, leave Jan and bike until she's done, brekky at Ruby Gs, on to town by 1130 to check racing. Had so much fun watching last Cup, 2013, in Bonaire and Curacao hope to do it again. One must get one's jollies as one may in Outback Northern Territory, Australia. Yippee ki-yay mommy fondlers!

Jack

Bored, Positively

21 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Thursday 18 May 2017

Have, for the moment, sucked all the inspiration out of Darwin. As opposed to cruising, which is a surprise every day, life here is pretty humdrum consisting for us in biking, eating, sleeping, a soupçon of boat work and otherwise just farting around. Of course doing diddly has it's attractions, but with the necessity to avoid lard-buttage (not a real word), exercise, a good diet and less alcohol make the appeal rather less than it could be.

For any American who believes his TV domain is a vast wasteland, come to Australia and be proud. Except for an occasional old movie that's broadcast while people with normal lives are asleep and some great English comedy, which most Americans don't get, the airwaves are filled with reruns of the stupidest US series, a baffling abundance of cooking shows and a hugely popular sport called "footy" which is even more boring than soccer. The same few commercials assault the screen at every break including an obese woman in a red dress prancing around and singing about a super market. We read a lot.

Sunday

After a late start due luxuriating in the ritual Sunday morning banana pancakes (with real Canadian maple syrup - it's made in Canada from Canadian maple trees by Canadians, you know) we biked a circuit around a majority of the Darwin metropolitan area, 46 kilometers. Stopped short of Humpty Doo (didn't make that up and your guess is as good as mine) the last extent of civilization before the outback and a great loss it was, but this seemed to be sufficient as our last long ride for awhile. Jan has liver scan tomorrow and is scheduled for chemo Tuesday morning.

Monday

Preliminary indication is that her liver is fine and delaying inflammation is under control so today is probably as good as Jan will feel for over 5 months. Bummer. One might, however, think of this as reverse hangover. She'll feel worse and worse, then great. Looking forward to the party at the end.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright

Jack

Breathing Space

16 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Monday 15 May 2017

After weeks anticipating start of chemotherapy with consequent fun effects like nausea and hair loss, we are postponed 8 days due an inflammation. Sampling showed no infection, but oncologist is waiting for results of ultrasound performed today and a week of antibiotics because chemo lowers infection resistance. Having mentally prepared for such delays because we know that nothing runs as planned, it's still exasperating.

Tuesday

David, fridge and air conditioner guy, "licensed to chill", came by this afternoon and discovered that nothing was wrong with either AC. Great.. I guess. Both are cooling now. Could be that he scared them straight. Also could be that screens were so dirty that no air could pass, but that would imply poor maintenance and that's just crazy talk.

Wednesday

Yoga is getting a second chance this morning as more limber crew continues on bike to Casuarina Mall for coffee, granola and yogurt instead of eggs and bacon (which is not bacon and never crispy, but is actually thinly sliced, limp ham). This health kick thing is much less fun than one would suppose. One might however contemplate a quote by Blaise Pascal, "To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity." Therefore, in the interest of harmonious society, a muffin with the second cup seems appropriate.

Jack

Pacify This

14 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Sunday 14 May 2017

Yoga is a spiritual and ascetic Hindu discipline for relaxation and health. Distaff crew, with OCD tendencies and lately a touch of tension, thought it might be just the thing. Introductory session this morning left her creaky and sore. Balance of crew, being more than adequately unwound under even the most fraught of circumstances, went for coffee. After a few months of TM (transcendental meditation) many years ago, discovered that no one needs to be that mellow.

For all of you out there who are or want to be mothers, this is your day. Muthahs will have to wait for another occasion. As always, suggest if you own a little bundle of joy between 4 and 12, the cute years, sell it. Buy that gorgeous blue water sailing yacht you secretly want. It's amazing the number of people who will pay serious money for a little tyke of their own having forgotten about the rigors of puberty. By the time they're re-acquainted, it's too late - can't kill 'em, can't give 'em away. But that won't be your concern will it? Hop in your floating palace and sail away where you don't have to listen to the sniveling of frustrated mums and dads or the delighted screeching of their pre-jerk progeny. Of course like many parents you may have gotten attached, but wise up and one day you'll thank me.

Jack

That's Cold!

12 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Thursday 11 May 2017

Color me chagrined. Despite contrary expectations, weather here in Darwin has gotten not awful - one might, if pressed, even say good. 32 or 33 C during the day and 21 to 23 C at night with typical breeze and less humidity. On odd occasions when we're up early, such as today, it's almost, but not quite, chilly. Death of aft bunk AC, which won't get service until Tuesday, has caused little discomfort. Acerbic crew now reduced to developing and saving rudest and most offensive epithets for return of weather putridity (not a real word) in 5 or 6 months. Still contemplating maneuvering around Cape York and down to Townsville in December when finished with zapping.

Jan got a little Easter egg this morning with notice that scan showed a spot on her liver that is likely, but not guaranteed, a benign cyst. Crikey! This is like getting punched, then kicked when you're down. Ultrasound to check is scheduled for 2 1/2 weeks hence. Crikey! Not considered urgent we're told and not contemplated to delay chemicals starting Monday.

Friday

Renovated strainer with manifold and associated hoses have been made ready for return to service. Although AC will of necessity be shut down for installation, entire operation should take no more than 30 minutes - in real time about 3 hours. If someone can drag his lazy carcass out of bed sufficiently early mañana this should not present undue discomfort for various crew. Concern for well-being of Rabbit is subdued as the little deadbeat hardly raises a finger to help or even make tea in the morning, his assigned duty.

Saturday

Operable AC was conditioning its little heart out with excellent cooling flow by 0745. Who said miracles don't happen? Oh... well, in that case it must be either dumb luck or masterful work by engineering crew. I'm going with that second thing. Now breakfasting on fruit, cereal and low fat milk before heading out for a bike ride. Being a stud muffin is not pretty.

"Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself." - Jane Wagner

Jack

Treading Water

07 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Sunday 7 May 2017

Chemo starts on 15 May, a week Monday. If all goes as planned all heavy drugs will have been administered by second week of October and last nuking the Friday after US Thanksgiving, fourth week of November. Canadian turkey day is the month before, but suspect Jan will be more than delighted to celebrate American version this year. After that, targeted treatment with herceptin will continue every third week until second week of July next year, but with typically few side effects. Expect a happy and relieved holiday season this year with entire crew feeling great and every molecule of malignancy smote.

Tried to sneak into pool this morning while Christians at church, but were overrun with moppets getting swim lessons instead of morality training - they'll probably all become criminals or lawyers. No worries, we used both side of the same lane and hardly collided at all. Each did 20 lengths of the 50 meter pool so that's about ummm, 20 kilometers, right? Swimming laps is boring, but you can't let your mind wander to contemplate life or the current boat project because of losing count. Pretty easy to convince yourself of 20 laps after only 4.. perhaps that's just me.

Jack

Headway

05 May 2017 | Tipperary Waters Marina
Thursday 4 May 2017

After biking and swimming four days in a row (the local babes should start getting aroused pretty soon - see previous) tomorrow is doctor day certain to be long and woefully boring, but happily containing no exercise. CT scan, bone scan, echocardiogram and chemo information school for, in order, to see if there are any metastases, check heart operation so injected poisons won't kill her right off and give us the good news that Jan's hair will fall out and she'll feel like complete dog squeeze after each third week session until the middle of October. Also to tell us that any swapping of bodily fluids within a week of treatment will result in both of us having chemo brain and feeling like crap. She's incredibly lovable, but if she wants any serious affection, the rabbit will have to do. His slow metabolism avoids the worst effects and besides he's fluffier and less American than me, a huge advantage.

Friday

Just because all relevant parts have been renovated or purchased for reassembly of both pedestal and raw water strainer should not be construed to infer that any such thing is actually taking place. However, having lowered expectation of progress, will now revel in acclamation attendant to having mounted pedestal base to cockpit sole, a 30 minute operation accomplished in a mere afternoon. Perhaps in the next week or so steering cables will be greased and reattached to quadrant and various other bits screwed into their proper places so that cockpit is again cluttered with nautical apparati. Contrary to common perception, the plural of apparatus is apparatuses - this sounds stupid and will be ignored.

Saturday

Long early bike ride, now cooling off while finishing this entry, then back hard at work to reassemble steering... you believe me, don't you? Misspoke when claiming that all strainer parts were in hand - strainer; yes, distribution manifold; no. Finding those will occur in the fullness of time, after finishing pedestal, sometime next week, if reasonable design and engineering can be devised and proper parts can be found... probably.

Jack
Vessel Name: Anthem
Vessel Make/Model: 1997 Hylas 46 - MMSI xxxxxx750
Hailing Port: Weeki Wachee, FL
Crew: Jack Warren, Janice Holmes
About:
Jack: Formerly productive member of the community as a Northwest Airlines Captain who retired to become a drain on, and embarrassment to, polite society. [...]
Extra:
While I will be delighted if anyone else enjoys these excursions into semi-intelligible foolishness, the primary purpose is personal amusement. This is not travelogue, cruising guide or philosophical exploration of anything in particular, merely random musing of a slightly twisted mind. Despite [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/anthem
Anthem's Photos - Main
5 Photos
Created 2 January 2017
Waterfall, etc.
5 Photos
Created 19 May 2009

S/V Anthem

Who: Jack Warren, Janice Holmes
Port: Weeki Wachee, FL
See profile for information on why this mess is being foisted upon an innocent world and, despite what is probably your better judgement, how to make contact.
Go to 'Contents' to view all entries.