…as the sun has risen over Slip G1 again today. Well, it remains hidden under the clouds, but it’s there, nevertheless. And, here we’ve come to the end of 2012, with most of it left unblogged. It seemed to have been a busy year, though filled mostly with projects, and not nearly enough cruising. John remains woefully behind on posting the projects, I see. What cruising we did do was chock full of challenges; breaking loose from a mooring ball (Coupeville,) docking against a nasty cross wind (Anacortes,) navigating for hours in a dense fog (Cypress Island all the way to Deception Pass.) I feel much more accomplished now, though I’m still mostly masquerading as a sailor.
We also attended a couple of worthwhile seminars. The Sailing Foundation puts on Safety at Sea seminars, mostly for the ocean races held every two years here in the Pacific, such as the Newport-Victoria race, and the Vic-Maui. It was excellent, and gave me an even better grasp of how I can die or be maimed on a sailboat. Then, later in the Fall, we sat in on a sail repair seminar held at the famous Port Townsend loft of Hasse and Co. Slappey actually has a Hasse mainsail, which we found out was made in 1996. That’s a bit longer than a sail’s natural lifespan. So, after considering that fact, along with my less-than-stellar skills at doing any kind of sewing at all, we decided to make it far less likely that I be called upon to do any sail repair, and ordered a full suite of new Hasse sails. At least we’re going to look the part of a world cruiser, whether or not we ever actually get off of this dock!
Happy Holidays, and Happy 2013 from the crew of Slappey II.