Barracuda's Blog

The adventures of Kate and Graham and our OVNI 395.

19 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
18 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
18 January 2018
17 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
14 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
13 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
12 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
11 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
09 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
07 January 2018 | St Pierre, Martinique
06 January 2018 | Saint Pierre, Martinique
05 January 2018 | Anse Mitan, Martinique
03 January 2018
02 January 2018 | Grand Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
01 January 2018 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
31 December 2017
31 December 2017 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
30 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
28 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
27 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia

It's getting very exciting!

24 December 2017 | Bequia, SVG
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the boat
Not a creature was stirring, not even a goat;
The sailbags were hung by the mast with great care,
In hopes that the yacht-chandler soon would be there;

The ladies were nestled all snug in their bunks,
With visions of oilskins filled with great hunks;
The boys were settling down to a whiskey,
Just hoping the wind would not get too frisky;

When out on the deck there arose such a sound,
I sprang from the bunk to see what was around.
Away to the porthole I flew like a wish,
To be hit in the face by a big flying fish.

The moon on the white of the mainsail aglow
Gave the lustre of noon to the cockpit below,
When, what should I see but a bloody great whale
And bikini clad mermaids all sat on his tail.

With a barnacled helmsman, so lively and quick,
With a great big white beard, he looked like St. Nick.
With a squadron of dolphins he surfed through the main
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Wavey! now, Seaweed! now, Flopper and Flipper!
On, Starfish! on Crayfish! on, Conger and Kipper!
To the top of the mast! to the end of the bow!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away now!"

As sea spray that before the wild hurricane flies,
When it meets with an obstacle, mounts to the skies,
So up to the mast-top the dolphins they flew,
With a net-full of gadgets, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard by the sail
A whoosh – ‘twas the spout of the bloody great whale.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the fore-mast St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed in Bermudas, and a tropical shirt,
So bright were his clothes that he made my eyes hurt;
With shackles and navaids all strung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes – they were bloodshot from too much spiced rum
An indulgence in lobsters was seen on his tum,
He wobbled to starboard and staggered to port
As he delved in his sack for the presents he’d brought.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the sailbags; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the foremast he rose;

With a call to his dolphins he leapt on his whale
And each of the mermaidens flipped up her tail
With a dip of his ensign he sailed out of sight:

Vessel Name: Barracuda
Vessel Make/Model: OVNI 395
Crew: Graham and Kate
About: Learning as we go....
Extra: Look to this day for it is life...
Barracuda's Photos - Main
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Created 30 April 2016
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Created 16 September 2015
a pre-retirement holiday
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Created 21 June 2015
some shots from our lovely trip around the Aegean with Ailie
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Created 19 July 2014
2 great weeks with Steve and Bibi Rainey.
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Created 18 July 2014
A long weekend with Catherine and David.
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Created 18 July 2014
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Created 18 July 2014
Barracuda, K & G head south to a new home.
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Created 18 July 2014
Barracuda does the Western Isles of Scotland.
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Created 18 July 2014
Kate and Graham Chillin'
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Created 18 July 2014