Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

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

14 December 2016
25 May 2016 | Sainte Marine
23 May 2016 | L'Aber Wrach
21 May 2016 | Port Pendennis
19 April 2016 | Boxmoor
05 April 2016 | Northwood
28 January 2016 | Hemel Hempstead
17 December 2015 | Boxmoor
01 September 2015 | East Coast
30 July 2015 | Northwood
26 July 2015 | Northwood
01 June 2015 | Ostend/North Sea
27 May 2015
31 March 2015 | Leverstock Green
23 February 2015 | Leverstock Green
13 January 2015 | Leverstock Green
24 November 2014
14 October 2014 | Leverstock Green
19 September 2014 | Leverstock Green
15 September 2014 | Levington, River Orwell

Moving along

20 February 2014 | Levington
There’s a change. Despite the truly atrocious weather we’ve been having, we’ve managed to take to boat out for a sail. Twice – in one week. Nothing adventurous, just the usual ‘Medusa & back’.
18NM of not having to do much: hoist the sails, switch off the engine, engage the autopilot, have a drink, sit back & enjoy the ride. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

What else? Planning mainly – the practicalities of taking the boat offshore and out into the Atlantic for the first time. Considered (and spent some money on) storage, supplies, electricity management, safety (fire), first aid, deck hardware,... We’re getting there. The boat should be all ready by early April (when we move from a pontoon berth to a swinging mooring).

The AZAB 2015 participation is unlikely to happen. It won’t be clear till the end of this year whether or not I will have enough time off work to be able to participate. And there is the matter of obtaining an IRC rating. We don’t currently have one, and since Guapa is not exactly a ‘standard production boat’ I would need to have her lifted, weighed and measured. This is not exactly cheap. Add to that the already ‘not cheap’ AZAB fee I have come to the conclusion that there are better things to spend my hard-earned cash on.

I’m not a serious racer anyway. I would have been a ‘participating is more important than winning’ kind of thing for me. A local or racing handicap would have been an option, but it appears the race organisers insist on an IRC rating. Got a rather condescending reply from them: QUOTE This is an extended open ocean race that will test both man and boat. It is absolutely necessary for the requirements of the Notice of Race to be met to enter the race. UNQUOTE WTF has this got to do with an IRC rating?
Whatever - never mind.

Does this mean the May trip is off the calendar? Not in the least. I’ve got my mind set on this thing. It’s given me a purpose- a short term and achievable goal.
What it does mean though, since I won’t be needing a 500NM qualifying cruise, is that I can break up the trip North in two more manageable chunks.

Plan A: Harwich – Peterhead – Thorshavn.
Assuming an average speed of 6kts, this would mean two legs of 3 days & 2 nights. A break halfway in would mean I could catch up on sleep before fatigue became a real issue. As I would be within spitting distance of land most of the way up, I am anticipating some traffic (and hence little sleep).
Peterhead is also near Aberdeen and there are cheap Easyjet flights from Luton should anyone in the family fancy to join me for a leg (or two). Wink, wink – nudge, nudge.
Plan B: Harwich – Great Yarmouth – Bergen & Stavanger
This would still be a 500NM passage, but further offshore. So, I anticipate less traffic and more opportunities to get my head down.

Whether we end up going Plan A or Plan B, either is fine by me. If we don’t manage to secure a berth in Brittany in 2015, we can always venture north again next year.

So, what’s on the agenda in the short term? Fitting out the boat – making her ‘ready for sea’. I can see a few father & son boat-fixing days on the horizon.

That’s it for now people. Catch you later.

PS: I’ve also added a ‘Winter 2013’ album to the gallery. Enjoy.
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
35 Photos
Created 18 July 2014
17 Photos
Created 20 February 2014
12 Photos
Created 22 May 2013
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Created 22 May 2013
Ostend, UK East & South Coast and Normandy
30 Photos
Created 10 August 2012
Winter sailing - UK East Coast
18 Photos
Created 9 February 2012
34 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
10 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
It's all been worth it.
4 Photos
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
17 Photos
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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