The Knitting Sailor


The Nelly Name Challenge!
August 14, 2013, 9:18 am
Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: , , ,

My new boats are currently nameless. I know it the Supernova has Audi on the side, but that doesn’t count – it needs a proper name that shows I love it.

But the names are becoming a little thin on the ground.

Our first boat was the Dirty Nelly – and bought between three couples. As we joined en-mass with an additional assortment of dogs, kids and musical instruments, people used to get us a little confused – so for a while we were just the ‘Nelly Crew’. The ‘Nelly Swimmers’ might have been more appropriate as that seemed to be the sole result of any activity with that particular boat. And from that time on every boat any of us has owned has had a ‘Nelly’ name.

But as eBay affectionardos this means names are becoming a little tricky due to the sheer number of boats we have been through.

So far we have had

The Dirty Nelly – Enterprise

Knot on your Nelly – Osprey

Nifty Nelly – Flying 15

Nelly-phant – Concept 302

Nelly Afloat – Laser

DiagoNelly – RS Vareo

InternatioNelly – Laser

InfferNelly fast – Flying 15

OccasioNelly – Wayfarer

There was also the camper van – the Nelly There and my leaving present from my last work – a pirate galleon appropriately named Nelly Bankrupt. Trust me – the long winter nights just fly by.

It was a class leaving present

It was a class leaving present

We’re now the only Nellys left at the club – having lost the rest of the crew to golf, biking and big boat sailing – but the big boat sailors kept the faith with the yacht calling it ‘Kandula’ – referencing that famous war elephant – so a posher Nelly! You can read about the exploits of that set of Nellys here.

So the question is – what do I call the boats??? Over to you – whoever comes up with the two names I pick, I will knit something for over the next six months.

It might even not be a scarf, but I’m not promising….!

Advertisements


4.23 meters
July 29, 2013, 12:55 pm
Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: , , , ,

I love it when a plan comes together.

Meet part two of my plan….

Look at all the rope and stuff!

Look at all the rope and stuff!

That’s right, it’s a Laser.

And I spent a WHOLE DAY polishing its hull to make it look like this.

Look at the shine on that!

Look at the shine on that!

Think how much faster it will go!

To be fair I think spending the four hours on getting some water time might have been more productive on this front, but in my defence there was no wind.

And it’s got a pink and purple radial sail!  Obviously a class winner…

But why would I need a Laser when I have a Supernova at Kielder already (and yes, actually came out first in the fleet on a recent race – I haven’t told you as I was so stunned I’m still not sure I believe it, but that’s another story…)?

Well this is so I can now sail at both sailing clubs without a 60 mile + tow between the two, and in both venues I will now be class racing against other boats the same – which we agree is a good idea and will help my sailing.  Moving between different boats at each club will be a challenge, but one that I see no reason not to take on as you can be last in anything!

So in simple maths 1 x RS Vareo = 1 x Supernova and 1 x Laser!

So polishing the hull was part one of my refurb plan.  I will also be changing the rope for pink rope (and to be technical, thinner and better rope) and at some point will need to think about that XD stuff.  Currently as I am mean and poor this is not an option however so I will instead be keeping an eagle eye out for stuff I can ‘procure’ to jerry rig something similar.  Or knit something.

South Shields… here I come!



“So cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a fox…”
June 3, 2013, 10:41 am
Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: , , , , ,

If you remember my cunning genius plan was to sell my Vareo and buy a new boat – and currently it’s well underway. Its getting picked up at the weekend, having been sold on eBay. Some people can be a bit sniffy about this but the bottom line is you get your boat sold quickly for what the market is prepared to pay for it, so you can get on with the rest of your sailing season.

So I went to look at a new boat this weekend. This didn’t go so well in that this quickly changed to touching new boat, stroking new boat and identifying that new boat and I were always meant to be together, swiftly followed by buying new boat.

It’s on my drive. I am very excited.

I am just as excited as I am suddenly ‘one of the gang’ people with the same boat are excited about it too and discussing when we are all going to go sailing together and how we are only one boat off our own class start. We are messaging exciting news about the boats and our sailing, texting and facebooking.

I’ve never been one of any gang, ever! We are all going to a coaching day next Sunday and going to inspect each others boats and do tinkering! We are going to stand around and talk about it all together! We might even get them wet! It’s we and not I!!

So far so good. Only problem is, I’ve bought a boat to sail with a fleet at… Kielder! Looks like I’m back racing there again! So I am still on the lookout for a cheap boat (for cheap boat read floating wreck based on the pennies I have left…!) to join a Wednesday fleet at South Shields.

And the boat? Well someone has to encourage the Mr onto the water – I’ve bought a Supernova, the same as him.

Its not a car, its a boat.  Honest.

0 to 60 in not very much time




%d bloggers like this: