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

Motivation to move forward

11 April 2014 | From Lee's Landing Marina on Lake Union
Roy / Sunny and getting warmer
It was with more than guilt at having left my fans updateless for so long that drove me to post my recent spring update. How to describe it, ...the fires of urgency to get on with my next life's adventure have been stoked by the passing of not less than three of my friends in the past month or so.

Swashbuckler Svante 'Swan' MossbergFirst, I discovered via Facebook that my long-time coffee drinking buddy Svante "Swan" Mossberg died suddenly at only 65 years of age. In retrospect, his death should not have been a surprise because he was a smoker and not particularly healthy, having suffered a recent episode of COPD, but it was a shock nonetheless. He'd retired less than a year ago and was eagerly making plans to pursue his dream of touring the Pacific Northwest in search of subjects for a nautical photo project he'd wanted to do for years. He'd been a photographer of some renown, but I think managing Glazer's Camera in Seattle had kept his eye too far from the lens for too long. It was only a week before his death that he'd finally made a deal on a new Airstream trailer that was to provide a platform for his travels. I'll miss old Swan.

Doug on the right with his wife, Sue, in the middle.My old friend and college classmate from Webb Institute, Doug Wolff, finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer a week ago. Doug, only a year or two younger than me, was in his late 50s. He'd fought for about 18 months against the disease, but his doctors finally advised him that chemo was doing more harm than good, so he stopped treatment. I visited him a couple of times in the ensuing few weeks of his finally failing health and in all this time he never once despaired about his lot. He passed at home with his family around him, but will live forever as an inspiration for getting the best that can be got from life. You may recall the picture here from a previous post about his visit aboard Mabrouka at Friday Harbor last July.

Co-worker Steve HarrisI was taking these two deaths in stride fairly well, seemingly successful in the philosophical acceptance that even death is life, when a third friend was taken in the Snohomish County land slide. Steve Harris was really more of an coworker than a close friend, but his abrupt demise in his forties while I was still absorbing Swan's and Doug's exits has hit me with a renewed sense of mortality.

Doug, especially, established a standard for living a fulfilled life. I will always maintain that bringing my daughters into the world is as much of a legacy as I'll ever need to have made my own time on this earth worthwhile. Still, there are adventures out there for me to experience and I am even more anxious than before to get on with them.
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