Very Funny Signs around the world

Take a break and have some great laughs:
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/funny-signs-from-around-the-world/1

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-funniest-signs

Go there and click the next button on the screen. Once an ad locked up my screen, but I just refreshed the browser and was good again.

Dave

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Large fire close to the marina!

Well, we certainly had some excitement nearby about an 5PM Thursday. I was working at the computer and engrossed in what I was doing. I heard a large helicopter flying nearby, but did not go outside to have a look.

A short time later I heard a similar sound. In a short time after that. I don’t really know how many times I heard it. But, then I got a notice to look at my Facebook page. I seldom look at Facebook, but I clicked on the notice and found that there had been a large brush fire, very close to the Marina. Go to

36.29192, 30.14398 on Google Maps

It is perhaps a kilometer or less by road and only a couple of hundred meters, ‘As the Helicopter flies.’ It was in the Valley just west of the Marina, where many of us from the Marina often walk. It was Janet’s favorite walk in the area, because once you get to the top of the hill you can go many different directions. The fire was near the beginning of the walk.

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Barbaros is the Turkish man that is usually at the desk when you go in the office. He is very friendly and helpful and has made my stay much more enjoyable. Anyway, he posted some photographs on his Facebook page, that I think are taken from a cell phone, of the fire and the helicopter, that was getting buckets of water from the ocean, right next to the Marina, to go up and drop on the fire. In some of the photos you can also see the water truck from the municipality of Finike. They haul water around for various purposes during the year, including bringing additional water to fight fires.

Barbarous has kindly allowed me to also post the pictures on my blog. It appears that they got the fire out by the time it covered about the area of a soccer field. Barbaros said that no one was hurt and that there was no property damage other than a lot of small trees that did not fare well.

Next time I will be much more curious about strange noises that I hear outside. It is embarrassing to have a large fire a few hundred yards away from the boat and only learn about it when I see it posted on the Internet.

Years ago, we had a good chuckle about the state of technology in the anchorages. In the olden days, if you wanted to talk to someone on a nearby boat, you got into your dinghy and you rode over or used your outboard and you went over there to talk to them. When it became common to just send them an email and not even get off your lazy butt, there were all sorts of sarcastic jokes about what is the world coming to. Right this minute they hit pretty close to home for me. I see from the clock it is time for me to get off my LB and go feed the cats.

One of the other people in the Marina said that dropping water on fires is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The strong air currents above large fires, probably even fires of this size, make it very hazardous. Also, when he said that, I instantly remembered the video, similar to

Where the wings come off of a large airplane that is trying to fight a fire. The particular video that I gave in the link may be confusing. It was for me. There is an edited–in piece at the end of the clip that is the footage that I recall seeing. If the photographer seems a little insensitive, I think what might be happening is he is excited about seeing the 1st part where a plane flies by normally. And it takes him a moment to realize what he has seen and captured.

I certainly hope that no one is making light of several people on an airplane dying right before your eyes while trying to save the forest and people’s property, and perhaps people’s lives.

Anyway, I also remember seeing a video of a very large helicopter similar to the one that fought the fire and how dangerous it is to use them to pick up logs when they are doing logging in remote areas.

It seems simple enough if you don’t know anything about it. Like me. You’ve got a big helicopter and a big log in you just fly in with the cable hanging below and attach it to the log and flyaway.

I’m sure I don’t understand the whole picture but in the TV program that I watched, they pointed out that the whole reason the helicopter is flying is because it’s moving a huge quantity of air from up high to down low. That phenomena is relatively ignorable as long as the helicopter is flying the way they usually fly. With significant forward motion. It also can be relatively ignorable if the helicopter is coming in and hovering and landing. As I understood it, where they get into a life-threatening emergency, is when the helicopter is hovering at a relatively high altitude, like 200 feet, and it gets a large column of air moving down. In other words, it makes its own profound downdraft. It then moves to one side a little bit and gets into some clean air so has quite a bit of lift. But then if the pilot maneuvers back down into this giant invisible column of air that is already descending very quickly, he suddenly has very little if any lift. AND, the helicopter is now attached by a big heavy cable to a monstrously heavy log and can’t get away. This is where people can die in a couple of seconds, with nothing that can be done to stop it. As in the expression, ‘Like watching a train wreck.’

In the TV program that I saw, they had footage of training a new pilot. He was a very experienced helicopter pilot, but he had never lifted logs before. He had to come in between tall trees and mountainsides and even though everyone had carefully explained the known dangers of the situation, the poop hit the fan and even when the instructor took over he said there was about 20 seconds there were he thought there were going to die.

And, in watching the footage that they had, it makes it seem reasonable that they should require that the pilots wear adult diapers. I’m sure the pucker factor got extremely high there. And I don’t mean high-altitude.

So, I take those memories and attach them to all the additional confusion of a fire with the updrafts in turbulent winds and perhaps poor visibility, and I have no trouble imagining that those guys are paid far too little.

But everyone sure does thank them for their services. It would certainly be a very helpless feeling watching a giant fire coming your way. Destroying what you had spent a lifetime accumulating.

On the what is Dave up to front, when I got the engine running properly, I discovered that I had growth around the propeller shaft again. I’ve only met a few people who seem to have this problem. I really cannot understand why everyone does not have the problem.

Many years ago, we noticed that if we did not use the engine and cause the propeller to turn, for example in a marina or an anchorage, after 2 or 3 weeks, there would be what I assume is a calcium buildup on the propeller shaft. The way the boat used to be set up before the haul out in Texas, it was only quite annoying to release the propeller shaft and slide it back about 7 inches. Now, it is almost impossible to do that, with the dripless packing that we have. The dripless packing is so nice that I’m not whining about it. I think it is a good compromise. But, it certainly is a compromise.

Something like coral grows on the propeller shaft and turns it into sandpaper. I don’t think it’s barnacles, because, they are tiny and there are thousands of them. Just like sandpaper.

If it is not too bad, for some reason that I cannot understand, you can run the engine in forward and everything sounds normal. But if you run the engine in reverse, it sounds like there is gravel in the transmission. It is really, really rough sounding. Frightening sounding. Expensive sounding.

The first time it took us a while to figure out what was wrong, but I discovered that if I would slide the propeller shaft back the maximum amount and then take the back edge, of a stainless table knife. That is, not a sharp edge, but a slightly rounded edge. I then burnish off the ‘sandpaper.’ You just rub the edge of the knife on the shaft with a medium to light amount of pressure and the coral or whatever it is flakes off.

Sort of like eating an ear of corn, you slowly rotate the shaft, until the whole shaft feel smooth and like new. Because you’re only burnishing, which I believe means applying a significant amount of pressure, but not enough to cut into the surface you are burnishing, you do no damage whatsoever to the shaft. It does not even leave a mark. It just removes the sandpaper.

Now days, the way I deal with it, is I close the openings around the Cutlass bearing. For those of you who don’t have a boat, have a look at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stave_bearing

http://www.deepblueyachtsupply.com/marine-bearings/nonmetallic-inch-cutless-bearings/ModelNumber/DORIS

The 1st one we had was ‘rubber’ inside of a bronze tube, and it fits in a bronze casting. The problem was that after a few years of sailing around the ocean, the bronze tube became very tight in the bronze casting due to a slight bit of corrosion, and was a nightmare to get out. We had to remove the propeller shaft and figure out a way to very carefully saw down through the bronze tube, from the inside towards the outside, over the full length of the long bearing but not to saw the bronze casting. We were hoping to keep that part. Once we had done that, we were able to collapse the tube slightly and get it out.

There were a lot of jokes around the boat yard of Dave performing gynecological surgery on Alegría. And believe me, there were not many giggles from Dave and Janet. It was a lot of hard work, but it finally had a happy ending. After an eternity.

Then some new genius, pointed out that they also make it in a nonmetallic tube, and that’s what we’ve used ever since. Naturally, we grease everything up, but not the ‘rubber’ part, just where the outside of the nonmetallic tube interfaces with the inside of the bronze casting, with the best possible waterproof grease, and so far, when they do wear out, you can remove it quite easily.

The rubber part is lubricated by water flowing through. In normal use, without the coral, the propeller shaft does not touch the rubber, but floats on a film of water. Sort of a beneficial use for hydroplaning that you might do if you’re having a really bad day while driving in the rain. I think hydroplaning was invented by Darwin to speed up genetic selection.

Someday, I will post a bunch of my favorite sayings, somewhere in the blog. But, the one that comes to mind right now, is attributed to many people, and each version is slightly different. The way I heard it, was, “Life is hard. But it is harder when you’re dumb.”

I mutter that to myself much too often.

The other project that I just finished was getting the mooring lines ready for winter. This included adding an extra stern line to the boat. When we were in Rome, the very nice man next to us, who had been there for several years, said to be sure to put on a 2nd slime line. Because every year, somewhere in the Marina at least one gets cut by some idiot in a powerboat getting too close to the boats and hitting the rope with his propeller.

And that should never be misunderstood to imply that there are more idiots with powerboats than there are in sailboats. Both groups have more than enough. What I’m saying is that most sailboats are shaped in such a way that it would be pretty much impossible to do that. However it is quite easy to do in a powerboat if you’re willing to get way, way, too close to the boats along the side of the fairway.

Not that the Capt. meant to do that, but if the wind catches them, or someone chooses to go in or out at the same time they are going the opposite direction, it may be almost impossible to not do it.

Normally there is only one slime line holding you away from the pier. If that suddenly vanishes, you now have a major problem which involves banging one end of your boat into a concrete pier. And the odds are that you are somewhere else entirely and not even on board to save your baby. It is a frightening situation, because there’s probably a 50-50 chance that there’s a significant wind blowing your baby up against the concrete pier. Not a happy time.

The only good news might be that, the concrete pier is hardly ever damaged very much.

I also significantly improved the lines that go to shore. I changed the newer rope. They are now much stronger than they have been. I’m getting ready for winter and the occasional storms that we get. Especially important if I’m off tourist-ing around somewhere.

Well, back to my computer project,

Dave

Exceptional Photos

Oops! Apparently, only their “Friends” can access these pages. Sorry. I will think about another way to do it.

Here what I said at first:

I do not play with FaceBook often, but some friends have just posted some outstanding photos at

https://www.facebook.com/gus.wilson.3?hc_location=stream

Look for the post
Three Lochs, Three Days (36 photos)

And I clicked on the thumbnail of the map and then “Options”. Then “Enter Fullscreen”. Enjoy.

Dave

Several topics

FYI: I am doing well.

In order to do the engine repairs, I needed to get many different things out of many different lockers. Since items like the equipment to pull the flywheel off of the engine, are not used very often, or at least I hope not, they are stored in some of the most inaccessible parts of the boat.

I also for many months have wanted to get the inventory of what is stored where, up-to-date. So after getting the engine running correctly, it took me several days to put the items back into their respective places in the boat.

During that time, there was a large amount of junk on the floor, that is really easy to stub your toe on. Well, I finally got all of that put away yesterday, and my toes are much less nervous.

Somewhere I read, “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment chop wood and carry water, but don’t trip over things in the dark.” I am obviously not yet enlightened.

Another example of lack of enlightenment. The freshwater pump that loses its prime that I mentioned fixing a while back is up to its old tricks again. I’m trying to figure out a way to isolate whether the problem is in the pump or the pipe going to the pump or somewhere else. The way our system is designed if the freshwater pump in the head is leaking, it can also cause similar symptoms in the galley.

You may want to follow
Costa-Concordia-salvage-operation-live

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10311659/Costa-Concordia-salvage-operation-live.html

They say it is the largest marine salvage ever attempted. I hope it goes well.

And see if you notice what is wrong with the following photograph.

IMG_6658AThe dot above the I in Titan is because when they Romanized the Turkish written language from Arabic style in the 1920s, they invented two forms of that letter. With and without a dot, to give two different sounds. It gets trickier in Upper Case.

Delaware is the main reason for the photo. First. I think the law is, that you put the city, not the state. But, over here they usually say Delaware, but usually spelled correctly. When we documented Alegría, we could either list the hailing port as the city were the owner lives, or the city where the Coast Guard station that is in charge of the Coast Guard district that includes the city were the owner lives. We chose to use Seattle, even though the owners’ address was Everett. We correctly thought that more people will know where Seattle is than Everett. And I often have to explain where Seattle is.

But, I think the weird spelling is because they did not have a template for the letter E. Only for the letter F. If you notice the last 2 E’s are very strange. It obviously did not occur to them, to turn the stencil upside down when doing the lower bar of the E. Or, perhaps they are stick-on letters and part fell off. And, of course, there should be one more A and one less “E”.

But hey! I am very aware that some of my do-it-yourself projects are certainly not ready for prime time either.

There are an extremely large number of American boats in Turkey. But they are owned by Turks, who register them in Delaware as a flag of convenience. There are not many “real” American boats in Turkey, or in the Med for that matter.

Dave

Mauritius photo album- Eli

More photos from some of our friends of friends.
Dave

Hi Dear Ones! Tonight finally connected to the internet using my neighbors wifi.. nice favor for us for the next 5+weeks. Just got these pics which I think u will enjoy. Great pics of Port Louis where we have Tomboy & sites of the southern areas of Mauritius sent by our Israel sailor pals who have their boat now in Richards bay So Africa.

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Last part in this leg, we arrived Richard Bay in a nice sailing weather. Next year, we will go on back to Israel.

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The engine WORKS great!

After many days, I have finally solved the oil pressure problem. The engine runs just fine now. Unfortunately I am still not positive exactly what was wrong. All of the parts of the puzzle look excellent.

I eventually, successfully, removed the 37.6kg (almost 83 pound) flywheel. This was by far the most significant obstacle in getting to the solution. It is held on by a single very large nut in the center that is screwed on really hard. In the space available in the engine room, it is very difficult to apply enough force to remove it. Even with a special torque multiplying tool, I just could not do it this time in the normal manner. Eventually I figured out a way to use a hydraulic jack, to push on the end of a tool and generate enough torque. Once I figured that out, it was actually relatively easy.

Of course, you must keep the flywheel from turning and the forces involved are just as large, so that takes some ingenuity also. You don’t want to just jam a pipe into the flywheel and break some part. Causing a NEW problem that is probably virtually impossible to fix.

Here is a photo taken at about the time I successfully got the nut to turn.

The method that worked.

The method that worked.

Look Ma! No Flywheel!

Look Ma! No Flywheel!

Look Ma! No oil pump!

Look Ma! No oil pump!

Of course carrying the heavy flywheel out into the main cabin is not easy either. And my toes were definitely nervous that I would drop it. Likewise the paint job and woodwork were worried. But all went very well.

A tremendous amount of the delay was was when I would run into one of the many ‘you can’t get there from here’ problems, and have to think about it for a few days. And, when I was ready to reassemble things, I needed to clean the affected area of the engine very thoroughly, and let that dry so that I could then put on a primer, and let that dry and then put on paint and let that dry. In order to not have rust on the engine, I need to keep the paint in quite good condition. And it is all complicated and difficult to see everything. So, it pays one to lay in there in various positions, while shining lights from all directions, to make sure that everything necessary was first clean, and then primed, and then painted, with no missed spots.

I’m very glad to have the engine reliable again. Even though there are a lot of years on the engine, there are not a lot of hours, and very little wear. So, with luck, she will be a dependable friend for many more years.

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Changing the subject:

I have Google News set to bring up new articles about Jeanne Socrates. BTW, I think she pronounces her 1st name almost like the English word John, but I’m not sure. Please give me the official version if you know.

There is a new and very nice article summarizing her adventure in more detail at:
http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Jeanne-Socrates,-solo-circumnavigator,-looks-back-on-her-journey/114221

I think it might be helpful for the non-sailors reading this to have a little assistance. These are the things that I thought might be better to know about in advance.

AP = Auto Pilot
RRU = Rudder Reference Unit (This usually tells the autopilot, how much it needs to turn the rudder in order to get the desired effect. Knowing this, may help the autopilot to do a better job. For example, under certain combinations of wind, sea and the particular sails that the boat is using, you may have to have the rudder quite a bit off-center in order to steer a straight course. If the autopilot has the right software, it may be able to get a lot smarter by knowing what the angle of the rudder is as it works.)

Cooker = a term common in the United Kingdom. The stove she cooks her meals on. In an American kitchen it might be called a ‘range’. Which seems like an odd word. ‘Home on the Range?’ They typically run on propane or kerosene, and have 2 or 3 burners on top and an oven and sometimes a broiler. Space is at a premium, so good boat stoves tend to be smaller than in a house.

The article also mentioned that the gimbals of the cooker wore through before the end of the trip. Since boats in general and sailboats in particular tend to be tipped to one side, often for days at a time. It helps to have the cooker on pivots so that it stays approximately level even though the boat can be 20° or more to one side. And on a boat 20° seems like 45° or more. Especially since it’s usually jumping up and down at the same time. It would be a major nuisance if you could not keep the stove approximately level. And like so many things when you’re traveling long distances, out of sight of land, for weeks and months at a time, small things can become life-threateningly important.

Just try doing a strenuous activity, that you must do well or you will die, and add to the mix not being able to eat proper food because you cannot cook it. You may have hundreds of pounds of rice and beans and pasta on the boat, but they don’t do you much good unless you can cook them. And, there is the combination of fact that if something becomes very difficult to do, in an environment where just opening the hatch and looking around to make sure that a ship isn’t going to run over you is already so difficult that you can hardly do it. You can imagine that if cooking your meal becomes even more difficult than that, that there will be a tendency to not do it as often as you should. Which can lead to lead to a nasty downward spiral.

Another reason that microwaves are sometimes seen.

running backstay = The ‘backstay’ part is hopefully clear to everyone. You have this really big pole, the mast, sticking up more than 50 feet into the air with sails hanging on it that are generating huge forces to make the boat go through the water. There have been successful sailboats that just have a specially designed pole with no wires supporting it. But the vast majority of sailboats use very carefully designed wires to dramatically increase the strength of the mast. The backstay being the one that goes from the top of the mast to the back of the boat. If you have more than one mast, then usually each one has some equivalent wire. In addition tsimilar wires that go to the sides of the boat and to the front of the boat.

On older design boats that had a very long boom, you could not just simply run a wire from the top of the mast to the back of the boat. The boom was just too long. So, they had two backstay’s, that could be easily released or tightened up with a block and tackle. If for example, the boom was out to the left, you would probably be using the backstay that lived slightly more to the right.

When you want to change the boom to the other side, which might happen quite often, you needed to release one backstay and tightened the other as the boom crossed the centerline. If you released a backstay too soon, while there was still significant load on the mast, the mast can fall down. I have talked to people who learned this lesson the hard way.

With modern boats, I never see this, however. With a boat like Jeanne’s and Alegría, there are 2 wires, that can each support a sail, going from the front of the mast towards the front of the boat. There are various names for these. This type of boat is usually called a cutter and on Alegría, we call the forward most sail the jib and the smaller, inner sail, the staysail. Frequently the staysail causes a lot of strain on its wire that pulls forward on the mast. This can easily break the mast, which is also hardly ever good.

So, it is common, to have a running backstay attached near where the wire for the staysail attaches to the mast and running back to someplace towards the back of the boat. Not usually all the way back. However, this means that when the boom needs to come over further, the running backstay may be in the way. So, at the appropriate time, you need to release one running backstay and tighten the other. Ideally, you would tightened the 2nd one BEFORE you release the 1st one.

Virtually every part of any boat has a special maritime name. To make it even more confusing these names are almost always words used on land to mean something else entirely. And it is not rare for boaters to use them incorrectly, which makes it even harder to learn the correct version.

On a boat we usually refer to the standing rigging and the running rigging. The standing rigging includes those wires that are virtually permanent. These are usually holding up the mast. And the running rigging usually consists of ropes, now days made of polyester or some exotic super fiber. The running rigging regularly changes. Raising and lowering sails, etc. So the running backstay would be a backstay that frequently changes. Since you want it to be very low stretch, almost all of it is usually stainless steel wire, with a special quick release fitting at the bottom or a block and tackle. The super duper boats are using man made fibers that are lighter and have less stretch than steel. But the cost and other disadvantages keep them off of Alegría.

I particularly liked the quote, ‘Take your time, act early…’ regarding weather. The wind can change very suddenly and cause life-threatening situations. However, it usually gives you some warning if you know what to look for. And like most things in life, if you are in a panic, especially if things are breaking all around you, or that is a distinct possibility in the very near future, you will not function as well, and you will certainly not enjoyed as much as if you have already made proper precautions when it was easy. Pretty self-evident stuff.

Especially important when there is only one of you. Like a chess game you need to be thinking at least 3 or 4 moves ahead.

When we were sailing near the equator, on our trip to and from the South Pacific, in an area called the doldrums, we quickly learned to pay attention to the many relatively small white puffy clouds. Most of them had very strong winds, often from a different direction, underneath them. So, our solution was to as best we could, with a very light winds that we were experiencing most of the time, was to try to steer a course that did not cause us to go underneath any of these clouds. That was often possible with effort. But, if it looks like you were not going to be able to miss the cloud, you reduced the amount of sail that you are carrying, in anticipation of a sudden increase in wind speed. Perhaps 80% of the time that did occur. And it was certainly worth doing unnecessarily for the other 20%.

Many years ago there was a very funny commercial for Tropicana Twister, a fruit drink. The following link talks about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/22/business/media-business-advertising-with-nudge-wink-campaigns-hint-forbidden-new-sell.html

There were many good commercials for this product, but the one I am thinking of, had a stereotypical, ‘holier than thou’ preacher who was telling us in very pious tones to certainly avoid Tropicana Twister. “It’s more excitement than decent people need.”

Well, going under those particular clouds with their sudden violent wind also qualifies as “It’s more excitement than decent people need.” I use that phrase a lot.

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Changing the subject again:
Please take the time to have a look at:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2013/0906/Jane-Addams-world-s-best-loved-woman-honored-with-Google-doodle-video

She was honored with a Google doodle recently. I was not familiar with her and found the article extremely interesting.

Be sure to have lots of fun every day,

Dave

Email & photos to share

Some friends that we met in the early 1980s in Mexico sent me this email that I think you will enjoy very much.

They were sailing on their boat at the time. They bought a bigger boat and have cruised most of the years since then. At present they are at Maritius in the Indian Ocean, having crossed the Pacific. They are about to fly to their home in Arizona for a visit.

There are some excellent photos if you follow the link. I chose the slide show and if you play with it, you can pause, resume and change the cycle time, etc.

By the way, a few minutes ago, I FINALLY GOT THE FLYWHEEL OFF THE ENGINE!!!

Now to see why there is no oil pressure.

Dave

Hi Everyone,

Many of you have asked for some pics, but I have had a problem I have not yet solved. The program to download my pics onto the computer has not been working since we left in Ap ’12 so have oodles of photos to deal with when someone (I hope) in Az with much more computer savy will help me solve the problem. So have not one recent photo I can put on an email.
However, below is an Email with an English translation below the note in Hebrew & pics from Chagos. Our Israel sailors friends we met in Dili sent me this email. We saw them as we left Cocos outside the harbor as they were coming in after a passage from Christmas Island. They later went To Chagos islands not Rodrigues like us. In Australia they went to lots of trouble & expense to obtain a permit to visit those islands. Only a few boats are allowed a visit each year. Hope you enjoy the pics! Janis & Tom

You are invited to view אלי גל’s photo album: Chagos

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Aug 24, 2013
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Message from אלי גל:
שלום לכולם,
English in the end.
במרכז האוקינוס ההודי דרומה מהודו נמשך רכס תת מימי שצץ על פני הים כאיי המלדיבים ויותר דרומה כארכיפלג Chagos. בארכיפלג יש 7 אטולים המורכבים מ – 60 איים שהגדול בניהם הוא Diego Garcia. הארכיפלג שייך לבריטניה, BIOT – British Indian Ocean Territory והינו שמורת טבע. שני אטולים בארכיפלג פתוחים לביקורי יאכטות, אך הבריטים ממש לא מעודדים זאת ויש לפנות מראש ל – BIOT וקבלת אישור מותנה בכל מיני ביטוחים ופרוצדורה שמקשה על החיים.
עד 1968 היתה Chagos חלק ממאוריציוס אך עם מתן העצמאות למאוריציוס שמרה בריטניה על הארכיפלג לעצמה. באותו זמן היו בכמה איים בארכיפלג תושבים שהתיישבו שם לפני כ- 150 שנה. ב 1970 השכירה בריטניה את Diego Garcia לארה”ב שבנתה שם בסיס אווירי גדול ועל פי דרישתה תושבי האיים קיבלו פיצוים ופונו. קראתי פעם, שלאחר מספר שנים כש”קסם” כספי הפיצוים חלף פנו התושבים המפונים לבית הדין הבינלאומי בהאג וזה פסק לטובת התושבים והכיר ב’זכות השיבה’ שלהם. במצב זה הכריז בית הלורדים הבריטי על האזור כשמורת טבע, וכך נמנע מהתושבים לחזור. ב 2010 ארגנו הבריטים מין משאל בינלאומי של ארגוני איכות סביבה שהחמיר את תקנות שמירת הטבע בארכיפלג. התושבים המקומיים עדין נמצאים בגלות, רובם במאוריציוס ובמדגסקר. איכשהו תהליך הפינוי ומחאת הפליטים עבר בשלום את האקדמיה הבריטית שלא החרימה ולא המליצה לבטל קשרים עם עצמה.
אבל…. נהדר כאן, עצם העובדה שאין כאן נפש חיה ושהטבע אמיתי לחלוטין מכניס אוירה שלא ניתן לתארה במלים.
חגגנו 10 ימים, התמונות יספרו. ההפלגה דרומה למאוריציוס היא ברוחות קידמיות, 9 ימים (בשלושת הימים האחרונים הים ממש עלה הסירה היטלטלה והגלים דופקים כל הזמן, ממש שמח) הגענו. שוב אל הציביליזאציה, מרינה מסודרת לראשונה מאז אוסטרליה.

10 days in Chagos was a unique experience in a completely inhabitant area. The British authority is watching the area very carefully, it took less than 24 hours since a yacht without a permit arrived till they come to evacuated it. The north part of the atoll is full of fishs, corals and a wreck thus gave us nice diving experiences, the south part is more shallow, with a lot of coral heads and less protection from the trades but we went there to visit the settlement of the evacuated people (according to USA request the people here were evacuated after building the base in Diego Garcia) 9 days to Mauritius, and again we are in good conditions of a marine, the first since Cairns Australia.

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Our friends on ‘Tomboy’ in the South Pacific

We met Tom & Janis on Tomboy in the Gulf of California back in about 1983. They had a smaller Tomboy then. They bought their present Alajuela 33 ‘Tomboy’ in the 1980’s also and have cruised a lot on her, but this is their first South Pacific Trip. They left Mexico this Spring for the Marquesas, Tuamotus and are recently at Tahiti. They recently posted photos on

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63269583@N06/

With a few exceptions, the newest are the first ones that you see. Leaving Mexico is at the far end. The numbers, like 4-16 are the dates. Click on a photo if you want it bigger.

Janet, Dave, Mike, Olga and Brad were there in 1978 aboard Alegria and it looks much the same…. BEAUTIFUL!

Dave & Janet

Clowning Around

A friend of ours sent Janet some clown noses and as part of her last day, a chemo friend and Janet tried them out. When the chemo nurse was out of the room, they put them on and called out, “Could you come back in? Janet’s nose is turning red!”

Actually, getting red in the face is a common danger of this type of chemo if it is administered too fast.

However, in this emergency, a good time was had by all.

Clown Noses

Clowning around in Chemo

Update 28 Dec.

Sorry that I have not updated for so long. Janet gets better every day and is essentially back to normal. She sees the doctor for the follow up Jan 5. Then more chemo to make sure that it never comes back.

Jessie is not doing well. One nightmare has been I have had trouble getting the staff to control her pain. I believe that there are drugs that can keep her pain free, but I have not been pleased that the medical folks are doing a good job of that. But, with lots of phone calls and staying after them, she is having much less pain.

If you are planning to have a medical problem, I’d suggest NOT having it around Christmas and New Years. People are on vacation. Answering machines seem to malfunction and won’t accept my call back numbers and other tortures designed to drive us nuts.

But, over the last week, we find Jessie is having pain MUCH less often and it is usually less severe. They are using better methods and paying more attention.

Jessie had the best birthday (Dec 23) that we could manage, but has not yet had a ‘Christmas’ since she has either been, in pain or too sleepy or not making sense, since her birthday. Perhaps today.

We are going to be having talks with the various doctors this week about what is the prognosis. I will post more when I know it. In general no news means, no significant change or Dave is too busy.

To try to make some smiles, here is a picture of Jessie about 1950.

We made her a photo album of memories for Christmas. This is on the cover.
jessie-jr_1809s