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.

13 September 2015
21 August 2015
21 August 2015
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

Destination Gig Harbor attained

06 October 2013 | Gig Harbor, WA
My morning departure from Kingston was greeted by some nice wind out on Apple Tree Cove, so up went the mizzen, main, and genny. What I’d hoped would be a sail hard on the wind straight toward Shilshole wasn’t to be, but I did have a nice sail in generally that direction for a couple of hours.

I often disappoint myself in my stick-to-it-iveness for sailing, feeling guilt every time I give up on the wind and start up the iron genny. My opinion, since you ask, of the difference between power boaters and sailors is that power boaters like "being there", ...sailors like to "going there." Although both enjoy the social life at the dock or in the anchorage, a sailor is much more willing to swap a cocktail for a couple of hours on the water.

Fact is, it just seems pointless to drift along at anything less than 2 knots towards my destination. Maybe that’s something I’m feeling now because I do have places I want to see and things I want to do, even though the last month and a half have been without much in the way of schedule priorities. Also, since I’m single-handing, I use the excuse that can’t really afford to let a four or six hour transit turn into an overnight drift because there’s no one to spell me at the wheel. I will have to learn more patience, though, when faced with a long, slow ocean crossing. Fuel will be precious and time, water and provisions allowing, will be plentiful.

Anyway, I wanted to be in Gig Harbor on Monday to go to the Yeadon-Jones’ kick-off party for the new Puget Sound edition of their Dreamspeaker cruising guides, so I started the engine and motored the rest of the way across Elliott Bay, past Blake Island, and down Colvos Passage, turning the corner around the spit into Gig Harbor around 5pm. I dropped the hook near the head of the bay and settled in for what turned out to be a slightly blustery night.
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