Well I did go sailing in the Solent last Friday, just for the day, to watch some of the racing at Cowes. It was quite a grey day, and I didn't take many pictures, and those I did take look rather shabby compared to
lovely pics. Still, here they are:
This is the (in)famous Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, which was originally going to be called the Millennium Tower and was supposed to be ready by 2000, but building was delayed so they had to change the name! It's a fantastic landmark from sea - you can see it from miles away.
and the beautiful Hugo Boss, which will be racing in the Vendée Globe soon.
We also saw this weird looking boat from a distance - couldn't work out what it was for a while. Earthrace has just circumnavigated the globe and runs on biodiesel. Not my picture, I found it somewhere on the web.
I like the name "Spinnaker Tower" better, anyway. "Millennium..." anything seems
soooo lame any more, it feels immediately out-of-date.
And that stainless steel thingy?
I'd want to live in that thing, next to deep water access, and invent some way to drive it right out of the water and up onto a secure foundation. Quick attach connections for water, sewer-dump, electric, telephone/TV/internet. Maybe a nice deck next to it.
I wasn't racing, just crewing for a day cruise round the solent to watch some of the races, an excuse for getting out on the water, that's all. But my mate and I went across to Cowes that night and got passes into the sponsors and owners area for the private party - fantastic fireworks, cheap beer, great band and dancing for hours, nice.
I'm going sailing in Gocek, Turkey on 6 September for a week, so I'll take lots of pictures there - it'll be sunny and warm, unlike the grey wetness we've had in England all month.
>We also saw this weird looking boat from a distance - couldn't work out what it was for a while. Earthrace has just circumnavigated the globe and runs on biodiesel. Not my picture, I found it somewhere on the web.
that's like a James Bond boat, where does one sun bathe?
We've been back from Turkey for a week now and I'm still dreaming about it. It was a beautiful place - full of little islands and bays with just one small restaurant - deep blue seas, deep blue skies, just the right temperature, good winds every day. We sailed somewhere different every day and stayed somewhere different every night. I wish I was still there, my tan's beginning to go already! We did bring the weather back with us though, England's having an Indian summer at the moment.
I didn't take that many pictures - I've decided I need a new camera - but here are a few which worked out ok.
This was our boat for the week, a 34 footer, just right for two of us.
and our first evening, Mediterranean style mooring outside a little restaurant
and as the sun went down
Thank you kindly Stevie (big name change, I must have missed something) V You're right, I don't post often, I'm too busy at work, and usually busy at weekends. But I do blow hot and cold! I sometimes post skiing pictures too! The thing is, my holidays are nearly always sailing or skiing, and that's the only time I really take pictures.
I'm off to Greece in six weeks for a sailing regatta, so there might be even more sailing pictures then. Not so hot and sunny probably, but maybe some good stormy pictures.