So What’s Happening In The World Of The Miss….
Lots – I will start with big news first.
A French Beauty Show Rather Than A Turkish One
Huge news for us is that we are no longer showing our boat at the Turkey boat show in August.
Catana Yard have decided to show the bad boy of business a 59 footer instead of our baby 42. This means that the pressure is off once we arrive in France. Instead of having 7 days to get our boat ready and ownership papers back and forth from Australia, we can now take our time and enjoy the process. Instead of a mad dash away, I am thrilled that we will have plenty of time for a good handover, also have time to meet with the people from Catana.
With a POA price tag on the 59 I remain very content with the baby of the fleet. I’m pleased the fine folk of Turkey will see the big girl of the family but sad you won’t meet the Miss just yet.
“Salon du Multicoque” in La Grande Motte – France, April 23-27, 2014 – a beauty pageant for catamarans only
Our Girls First “Capatan”
Our boat now has a new captain on board, Christophe Mahe.
His job is to transverse the world’s oceans delivering boats and in particular Catana Cats. We met the Good Egg Captain this morning via Skype, as he was enjoying the company of Mike our Man of the Ocean and Lares the French host with the most. The three of them were enjoying dinner, red wine, whiskey and much interesting conversation about all manner of things. (Once again I longed for that Star Trek teleporter.)
The past few days they have been busy preparing our girl for her maiden voyage from the Atlantic side of France to the Mediterranean. It should take around 12 – 14 days, departure dates continue to be moved because of weather from Saturday, to Sunday and now to Wednesday this week.
It appears that Christophe has his priorities right. When sorting out what is needed to go on the boat for delivery, he checked that we had a decent whisk for making good French mayonnaise by chef second mate Romain. Yes the French do appear to do it in style.
The Good Egg Captain has his own blog, make sure you check it out, no doubt he will keep us posted on how Miss Catana goes on delivery.
Shopping For Sheets, Sheets and Everything Else
The Good Egg Captain Christophe and Mike Man of the Ocean have been shopping, they’ve added an additional $1000 worth of ropes/sheets to the boat as part of the preparation. Apparently not happy with the original set up, he felt new ropes would be of great benefit.
As well as these sheets the boat has new crisp white sheets for the beds.
Yet this has only been a small part of the serious shopping that has taken place over the past weeks. Days of preparation, research and solid shopping followed by trips back and forth to the boat. Items for the the kitchen, bedroom linen etc. was all done last week. Yet the list of what we need to buy still remains ever long. I have always looked forward to kitting out our boat but on the flip side I detest shopping, so this has been a pretty happy shop from afar. Also Lare has made some curtains for below deck. Considering I don’t even sew on a missing button, anything made by another is impressive but curtains for our girl is absolutely fabulous!
We Continue to Learn How to Sail at Speed Twice A Week On Miss Conduct
It appears that often what you do on a racing boat is totally the opposite to what you would do on a cruising yacht. When the wind is coming up on a racing beast you err on the side of go big or go home. On a cruising yacht you err on the side of caution and what’s the hurry.
Last week whilst racing around buoys, I learnt what happens when you have too much sail up for the wind conditions. I learnt first hand what a broach is on a boat, that is when the boom hits the water. I learnt that it is very important to keep pulling the sheets/rope in even though your ear is nearly touching the water. I experienced a very unhappy spinnaker who had lost its shape and was a big piece of colour gone wrong. Yet worse than that was watching another boat lose it’s mast. It was amazing how quickly the yacht stopped dead in her tracks and the mast was like a matchstick coming down.
Ouch for all concerned but big ouch on the owners wallet, a break like that has got to hurt.
Take away lesson from last week’s race – You have to respect the ocean or be prepared to be given a back hander with your sail between your legs. Due to mishaps and error on our behalf, our boat came a racing shocker dead last. To add to the insult, every muscle ached as if I had been riding a bull at a rodeo….Yet I continue to love it. I loved the wind, the speed and love love loved being on the water.
The other positive development is that The Miss, as a member of the crew, is finding her feet and may have just moved from being a major risk of being tossed overboard to at times being a little handy… I like to think so anyhow.
My only regret with racing is I should have started years ago – this racing stuff is fun.
My Skipper’s Course Resulted In My First Jumping Of Ship
Last time I touched base, I was preparing to travel off to do my skippers course. Unfortunately due to all manner of things going wrong this didn’t happen, it has now been postponed to later in the year.
So instead of focusing on charts I am now currently trying to do my end of year taxation for the last financial year. I have 4 weeks to lodge my return before the Taxation Department will want to know why I have been tardy in my duty to the Government. No doubt across Australia I am not alone in my new urgency with all balance sheets and bank reconciliations for the taxman.
I will keep you posted on this skipper saga as it continues to unfold…
One Of The Most Horrible Experiences In My Life – To Be Repeated
Number one, top ten most horrible experiences in my life, would still be my last long haul flight 16 hours to America. It was so horrendous I wanted to kiss the ground once I got off the plane. The flight was only part of the pain as it took an hour to get off the plane then another 2 hours to go through American Customs. I have never been so shattered in all my life.
Our flight to France to take delivery of our boat, will be a non stop 30 odd hour flight from one side of the planet to the other. I am terrified of how I will feel when we finally get to France, its a bit like being pregnant the third time round and knowing it’s just “gunna hurt, a lot!”
So in anticipation of joining the Miss not to be looking and acting like a Zombie on arrival, I have ordered two sets of noise cancelling earphones for the flight, a set each. Having never been involved in the drug trade, I am starting to wonder what procedure could comatose me for at least half of the journey. My husband thinks I am being melodramatic but like I said, the horror of previous experience still haunts me.
Out of interest we are flying Malaysian Airlines, the company that just lost a plane in one of the great mysteries of modern times. I remember when we booked, I asked the agent what kind of safety record the company had. I was told top notch and that they fly over 30,000 people a day around the planet.
Goes to show, when your time is up, there is not a lot you can do. At least on a boat in a storm you have a fighting chance, but when things go wrong big time on a plane it’s a pretty messy end for all. The not knowing what happened would be awful for all the families.
On that note I will move on to other things like tax receipts
PS If any of my readers should happen to go to the French Boat Show make sure you send me a photo.