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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18 December 2014 | Playa Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, MX
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15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico

Still on hold here

29 September 2013 | Lund Harbour, Lund, Canada
The weather outside Lund Harbour

This is just a quick update. The weather continues to be worse than I'm comfortable going out in alone with gale force winds from the southeast still predicted through today. There may be a shift tomorrow with another low rolling in over Vancouver Island from the Pacific. This one will bring gale force winds as well, but from the west and I may try to take advantage of the lull in between. If I can get to the western side of the Straits, then 20 knots winds from the west could actually give me a pretty good ride. I'm more concerned about the wave action than the wind strength. The Straits of Georgia are known for developing short, steep waves that will stop Mabrouka dead in her tracks, pretty much no matter what the wind strength or direction is. I plan to discuss this approach with some locals on the dock before I put it into action. One neighbor is headed to Nanaimo (along my route) so maybe I can buddy-boat with him. Let's hope for the best.

In talking with one man on the dock, a very friendly and experienced local sailor by the name of Chris Coldham, I learned that I had indeed been wise not to venture out in this weather. Heading south especially, the wind channels up between the mainland and Texada Island and, along with the current, makes Grief Point live up to its name. Remember a few entries ago I laughed at that landmark? Well, it goes to show that sailors around here know what they're saying when it comes to marine weather.

The internet connection at Mary's Bakery has totally failed me two days in a row. I had hopes for it this morning when I detected the signal all the way down at Mabrouka, but it never made a connection in the shop even after I invested in a latte and a cinnamon bun. Right now I'm set up on top of the ice freezer outside the Lund grocery store. There is a power outlet behind it and luckily the store's internet uses the same password as the hotel. Also luckily, the wind and the rain have backed off a bit, though it's still a bit chilly and there's no chair. Well, maybe these difficulties count on my resume of sailing hardships toward official status as Old Salt.

So, today's another day of waiting. A shower and laundry will fill it up part way. I've bought another book to read too, Burning Water by George Bowering. It's a historical fiction recounting Vancouver's explorations of Puget Sound as told through Vancouver, indians that saw him sail into Lewis Channel, the Discovery's biologist, and a fictionalized version of the author himself. So far it's proved to be pretty entertaining.

Belay that last! I just checked the Weather Canada web site and the forecast has been updated since I listened to it on the radio early early this morning. Gale force winds are expected to increase tonite to 50-60 knots, still from the southeast. No shift is expected for monday, so I'll probably be stuck here a while.
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