Site by: Robin Shields
Santa Irene Club de Vela Newsletter - 29th March 2006
Just as I thought the weather is settling down – well we had a good day sailing off the beach opposite the campsite on Sunday the 12th. Six boats in the water enjoying the warm sunshine, and we had boats to spare, the Topper, Lark, 350, as I’ve said you don’t have to be a boat owner.
During the following week, Terry and I had been out on the Drascombe “Dos Amigos”, Jim Barr and crew had sampled the waters off Villaricos in his mini cruiser, so it was looking good.
But on Sunday 19th, the forecast was F5 plus, Jim, Paul and Salvador did launch, but it wasn’t very good, so time for an early bath again!
What were we doing sailing off the beach opposite the campsite? You ask?
On the playa opposite Mr UK, where we normally sail from, the entire shoreline was covered by rocks, had the sand moved away? Or was it the Equinox?
The Equinox happens twice a year – Spring and Autumn about the 20th March and 22nd September. It’s when the Sun is above the equator and with the influence of the Moon, we get the highest and lowest tides. Not normally a problem here in the Med, it being an in land sea, but we do get some movement.
I wanna tell you a story – you remember Lea and Les, they sailed with
us a few times last year. Well they spent the Winter months down in the Canary
Islands, sounds good to me. A chance meeting with a cook off a “Tall Ship”
in harbour on the Island of Tenerife and an invitation to visit the ship, where
they met the skipper. The outcome was they were taken on as additional crew
to sail her back to Malaga, Spain. Twelve days in their life they will always
remember, they came via “Casablanca”, where they had a couple of
days. Yes, they visited “Ricky’s Bar”, where Lea and Les were
serenaded by “Sam” the pianist, signing, “As time goes by”,
play it again Sam!, - I’ve seen the photos. Oh! They did have a couple
of gales, but then there were Dolphins, Whales etc. The star of the trip must
be the ship “Thalassa”, she is rigged as a Barkantine, length 48m
(what’s that in feet?), 18 sails to keep you busy – like “upper
Topgallants” So! See what can happen if you are a member of the Santa
Irene Family. I hope to visit her before she leaves the Med. She is Dutch owned,
check out “Sailing Charter Thalassa”, phone 0049 01714537834 or
look at the website www.tallshipthalassa.com
I’m not sure, but there could be another episode to this story –
watch this space.
Come and talk to us – Sundays, on the Playa
del Cantal, opposite Mr UK.
Tel : 950 475 157
Movil: 658 548 790
PS Where will I be next winter?
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