Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

One family and their boat. A daydream, a vision and now, slowly, becoming reality.

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What's another year?

09 January 2010 | Ipswich
Another year, another (fresh) start. A trip to Ipswich to convey my best wishes to friends and the boat. Nice seeing friends again; the boat, I don't know... it felt different, strange even.

For so long, she's been a central part of my life. Now she seems a relic from the past. Someone I used to know - the same feeling you get when you run into an ex-girlfriend.
The 2009 season was a disaster - 4 days sailing (5 at a stretch). Or rather limping home. And that was it. Hardly enough to keep a love affair going. Yet Guapa is still very much the other love affair of my life. How could you not fall in love with those lines or be in awe of her majesty when she takes another wave in her stride? The longing for the day when we finally cast off to be completely free and unafraid keeps me going every day.

Meanwhile Fox's seem to be ready to tackle the job at hand. My eyes and ears on the ground report that the mast has been stepped. I am going to adopt a hands-off approach, I'm confident they know what they're doing. I did enough worrying and fretting last year to last me a lifetime. I've been assured that the launch date of not later than May 1st is realistic. This leaves a couple of weeks for engine trails and generally learning to sail the boat again. Though I'm sure that's something like riding a bike. Then, rekindle a tradition, annual pilgrimage to Ostend for the festival. I can almost taste the Duvel.

Last but not least, I think the family needs the boat too. We've always been a fairly tight knit family, however, since I've taken up this job in Brussels I'm only home at weekends. Lately I've felt like a guest in a hotel rather than at home. How do you (re)connect with people you only see two days a week? They've got their work or studies of which I know nearly nothing and I'm too tired to take an active interest. All I want is peace, quiet and drink.
The one thing we all shared was the boat - we were together, we did stuff together, we talked, we laughed, ... It was perfect. Bring back the boat. Soon!

Just a couple of months now. For the foreseeable future it looks the the only boaty thing we'll be doing as a family will be a visit to the London Boat Show next Saturday. Then, a three month boat black hole.
Hope to see you all on the water safe and sound on the other side.

Eyes and ears have promised to keep me up to date by e-mail. I'll try to post these updates on here as and when I get them.
Vessel Name: Guapa
Vessel Make/Model: Kalik 44
Hailing Port: Ipswich, UK
Crew: Wim, Brigitte, Evita & Yanni
About: The Vandenbossche family
Extra: One family and their boat. It started as daydream, then a vision and now, slowly, becoming reality.
Guapa's Photos - Beauty and the Sea (Main)
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Bringing Guapa home - Bruinisse lock
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Created 18 July 2014
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Created 20 February 2014
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Created 22 May 2013
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Created 22 May 2013
Ostend, UK East & South Coast and Normandy
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Created 10 August 2012
Winter sailing - UK East Coast
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Created 9 February 2012
34 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
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Created 17 April 2011
It's all been worth it.
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Created 26 July 2010
The horror... The saga continues. Hull respray, new engine, and loads more (expensive) fun.
20 Photos
Created 21 June 2010
Replacing a teak deck and other horror stories
25 Photos
Created 31 December 2008
The Solent, Channel Island(s) and Normandy.
21 Photos
Created 8 June 2008
Messing about in the Suffolk/Essex area
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Created 21 December 2007
UK South Coast, Normandy, Northern France & Belgium
40 Photos
Created 23 September 2007
A thing of beauty
7 Photos
Created 3 June 2007
Meet the crew
12 Photos
Created 27 March 2007
Messing about in the Suffolk/Essex area
8 Photos
Created 27 March 2007
Running from the storm(s) - North Sea Triangle: Ramsgate - Ostend - Harwich.
6 Photos
Created 17 February 2007
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