Blessed Lady

This is the cruising blog of the sailing yacht Mabrouka. The Favorites in the side bar allow those with discriminating taste to filter for just the stuff you want to read. Thanks for visiting, Roy.

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15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Mazatlan Marina, Mazatlan Mexico
13 April 2015 | Off Club Nautico, Mazatlan Commercial Harbor, Mazatlan, MX
15 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
13 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
25 January 2015
06 January 2015 | Mazatlan, MX
24 December 2014 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
24 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
22 December 2014
21 December 2014
18 December 2014 | Playa Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, MX
18 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico

Headed south for the winter

28 September 2013 | Lund Harbor, Lund, Canada
At the helm, passage from Squirrel Cove to LundThe thought has been milling about in my head for a couple of days, but night before last I finally decided it's time to head back south. If I didn't start heading that way soon I might not be back by mid-October as I told Seaton I would. Plus, I promised my daughters I'd be somewhere Skype-accessible for my birthday next Tuesday. The weather is conspiring against me with gale warnings on Georgia and Johnstone Straits, but I'd just have to see what happened.

With grey clouds overhead and occasional drizzle, the short ten mile transit to in Lund made a casual day of it. I pulled straight in to the pump out station, shifted Mabrouka 50 feet up the dock to tie up for the night, then went up for a nice lunch at Nancy's Bakery.

Waiting for my polenta/chili casserole, casual conversation introduced me to Jennifer Blampin. She introduced me to her friend Miles Potter. (I hope I've gotten their names right. Jennifer's handwriting was a little cryptic to me.) They're local residents (at least more local than I am) who work on log homes together. (See

Miles basically said, "If it can be done with a chainsaw, I'm your man," but I though to myself that I wouldn't let him anywhere near Mabrouka. We had a nice conversation about different means for exploring the northwest by land and by sea and about building log cabins and cobb houses. Miles and Jennifer appeared to me to be nice, down home people who were enjoying life.

Lund Harbour is basically open to the west with only a series of floating breakwaters to protect it from the swell of a northwesterly or southwesterly wind. Although it was a little bit noisy and I did roll around a little bit, it was voyage planning more than weather that kept me awake last night. How can I set off on an ocean voyage if I'm intimidated by a little 30 knot gale in relatively enclosed waters. I am reading Maiden Voyage, the sailing memoir of Tania Aebi who, at the age of 18, set off on a two-year solo circumnavigation of the globe. Come on man, get some balls!

Anyway, I'm here at The Historic Lund Hotel poaching their internet signal for these blog posts, and the wind is whistling,, moaning outside. I've overheard conversations at the front desk around the corner about probably power loss. Sorry Tania, I think I'm going to wimp out and stay another day.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
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On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
27 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
43 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 March 2013