Roaring Girl

The adventures of the yacht Roaring Girl wandering the seas.

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Sitges

09 August 2007 | Written in Barcelona
Wet and thundery while in Sitges
We came to Sitges with high hopes. But it turned out to be overpriced and overrated. No doubt it's great fun to be here with a group of like-minded mates, up for some serious beach and night life. But for your average couple, especially about 45 minutes walk from the centre of town, it's not really idyllic.
Sitges was a classic fortified town on a craggy promontory with a fishing village. There is still some fishing but it does not have much presence. Around the crag is now a hilly town along a spectacular beach. It is very much tourist-ville, playing host to an extravagant mixture of western-European nationalities and sexualities. The place was 'adopted' by German and British gays in the 1970's and has snowballed from there.
In one respect it was like Morocco. Cafés almost entirely filled by blokes, all watching the street and chatting. But definitely not watching us! Sitges is full of gay men, posing, cruising, gossing, playing all sorts of games from dominoes upwards. There are a lot of lesbians too, but not as flamboyant or as visible as the boys.
In between there are indeed straight couples and families, mostly taking one of two attitudes. Either they're mixing with the brightly plumaged gays, just slightly, self-consciously liberal about it. Or they have a glazed expression of astonishment. 'Well, Cheryl (or Mireille, or Sabina or Luzia), I never knew there were so many!'
We went out for a drink at the Marypilli bar on Wednesday night. It was pleasant and friendly. Nice cocktails. But in the end we didn't hang out till the scene kicked in at 0200. Soft, we are!
Otherwise, Sitges was a bit of a wash-out. It absolutely chucked with rain every day, making life a little dreary, and the marina was very dear. We flew, as we usually do, our big rainbow flag. (We'd taken it down for Morocco, where homosexuality is illegal. We're not that brave!) We always hope that other gay and lesbian sailors will come and say hello when they see it; so far that's only happened in Cadiz, where we met the lovely Dane, Johan and Rota with Sandrine and Sylvie (visiting Muriel and Stephane on Alna'ir.)
Also, you can see our wonderful sun cover over the cockpit. This was a very welcome civil partnership present, which we have used a lot this summer and last. In Sitges we finally did a long overdue job of re-rigging the lazy jacks on the stack-a-pack. This confines the mainsail, making it much easier to put up and pull down, and for yonks the bits of rope and bungee have needed replacing. We put on new line and bungee, with plastic snap hooks on the end. This makes them easy to remove, so the cover can go over the boom. Now it is much higher, and also slightly steeper so rain doesn't sit on it to the same extent.
The job also makes the stack-a-pack work better. Definitely should have done it months ago.
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Vessel Name: Roaring Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Maxi 120
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Pip Harris and Sarah Tanburn
About: Captain Sarah and Chief Engineer/Mate Pip moved on board in 2003 and finally made the break in 2006. Roaring Girl, launched in 1977, has already been round the world once, and has a lot more seamiles than the two of us put together.
Extra: These pages aim to bring you our adventures as they happen, as well as Roaring Girl's sailing prowess. And to show off Pip's silverwork as well.
Roaring Girl's Photos - Main
Pictures of the nuraghe Santu Antine at Torralba
4 Photos
Created 4 August 2010
Gullivette working the boat
5 Photos
Created 6 July 2010
The amazing site at Filitosa with statue-menhirs carved in granite
8 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
Pictures from the sanctuary on Corsica, at A Cupulatta
7 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
The tower on the headland and the rocks of Iles Sanguinaire on the northern edge of the Golfe d'Ajaccio
5 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
The walk from Girolata to the road
6 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Pictures of the harbour and buoyage in the Port of Girolata
3 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
The rock formations on the coast of the Scandola Nature Reserve
5 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Pictures of the anchorage and headland at Ile Rousse
6 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Pictures of the coast walk around the Desert des Agriates
6 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Landmarks and views from the tip of Corsica
14 Photos
Created 25 May 2010
Pictures from the hills on the north coast of Elba - see post dated 25 May 2010.
5 Photos
Created 25 May 2010
Pictures of the small marina in the town
3 Photos
Created 25 May 2010
A description of our renewable energy generators, particularly our demountable ampair 100. See detailed post of 19 May 2010.
4 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
Pictures of our pals, particularly a feast for Bichon lovers. See post of 19 May 2010
7 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 20 May 2010
Recording some of the more splendid dishes of our Itinerario Gusto, as described in the post of 19 May 2010
4 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
A large album of pictures showing some of the beauties of the island.
21 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
Pictures of the entrance to the Rade, the anchorage and the darsena. Relates to post of 19 May 2010
8 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
The old market of Rome is being abandoned to rot, while, right next door, a new one is taking shape.
4 Photos
Created 12 May 2010
Pictures from the basilica, especially the bronze doors from the ancient Senate and wonderful mosaic decorations
8 Photos
Created 12 May 2010
Pictures of passarelles (gangplanks to the lubbers!) See post of 9 May 2010
7 Photos
Created 9 May 2010
Pictures of Ostia, the seaside town of Rome. See post of 9 May 2010.
6 Photos
Created 9 May 2010
Pictures from the Capitoline Hill. See post dated 9 May 2010
6 Photos
Created 9 May 2010
The inside of the cathedral and the great piazza in front of it. See posts from 22 April 2010.
10 Photos
Created 25 April 2010
Detailed pix of the process of cleaning out the binnacle compass and filtering the oil. See post of 18 April 2010.
4 Photos
Created 23 April 2010

Who we are

Who: Pip Harris and Sarah Tanburn
Port: Ipswich