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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20 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
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

Friday Harbor to Kingston

05 October 2013 | Kingston Harbor, WA
Mabrouka has several Friday Harbor to Seattle transits under her keel and we stirred ourselves and got underway on Saturday morning with little ado. I'd planned Friday's transit to arrive in the San Juans with the engine running on fumes, though, so we made a stop at the gas dock before actually departing the harbor. Motoring out through San Juan Channel, I thought I'd spotted some whale spouts along the shore of Lopez Island, but never confirmed it and could only conclude I'd seen waves crashing on the rocks or seals playing with their breakfast.

An hour or so later I found myself breaking up the dead-calm boredom of the day's Straits of Juan de Fuca transit by raising the mizzen and (finally) rigging it with lines in its reefing points. Until I get my autopilot repaired or replaced, such distractions result in Crazy Ivan zig-zags in my course. Don't worry, I only allow myself this foolishness out in the great beyond where there's nothing and no one to run into. It wasn't long after, just west of Partridge Shoal, that I'm pretty sure I was visited by a False Orca. I never got a clear enough view to see any skin markings, but it was only a single animal with a scimitar-shaped dorsal fin that was too big for a humpback and too small for an Orca. It's solitary transit and the size of the fin convinced me it wasn't a lone female Orca, thus my conclusion it was it's rare pelagic cousin from Pacific waters.

The wind started to fill in with a northerly breeze just south of Point Wilson Light, so the mizzen was joined aloft by the main and the gennaker for a run down Admiralty Inlet. Flying the gennaker is still a little bit of a learning experience for me, especially when running dead down wind. Unlike a true spinnaker, a gennaker is really a reaching sail and would rather collapse when it's blanketed by the main sail. After some frustration in trying to get it to fly with varying reaching angles, I finally decided to try a wing-and-wing approach like I do with the genny. Ta da! It worked, and I enjoyed a couple of hours running before the wind until the currents betrayed me just north of Point No Point.

After that it was a motor through the dusk to Kingston and a hoped-for reciprocal slip for the night. No such luck on the reciprocal, though, and the harbor was full with some yacht club's weekend gathering, so I had to poach a spot at the farthest reaches of the dock. After getting tied up, I turned on my deck lights so that I could secure Mabrouka for the night without tripping over my own two feet. That also lit up the bright red sign on the dock that said, "Reserved - Foresman." I really didn't feel like moving at that late hour and was pretty sure there were no other spots big enough for us. Seeing another boat already occupying half of Foresman's spot, I rationalized that his/her boat was out and about and decided to risk a stay. My bet's pay off was confirmed the next morning by the dock master and all was well that ended well.
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