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Happy Birthday Ann!
It's incredible that installing a simple socket can be so difficult!
The cable run for the galley socket is just under 5 metres but only
about 1.75 metres in a direct line, and you would not believe the
problems I've had in getting it to run in the preferred route.
However, it's now in place and just needs to be wired in to the mains
with the appropriate socket on the other end.......which is a problem
because I don't have one! I was sure I had a double UK
socket in the after cabin, but try as I may, I cannot find it and the
final connection will now have to wait until I've been back to UK in
Early this evening, the Moon and Venus were in almost
perfect alignment as a representation of the Turkish Flag - I did try to
get a photograph but despite taking eight shots, none were suitable
.......the problem of keeping the camera still for a long exposure isn't
easily overcome on a boat! However, the photo on the left was
posted on the YBW Forum and shows the view from Malta - a slightly
different aspect, in that Venus isn't central in the moon's crescent, as
it was here in Marmaris. A good photo nonetheless.
Jupiter is the other planet visible at top right.
04/12/08 The strong winds
are back with us, again from the South and the boat
is rocking quite a bit. I have had a couple of days of calamity -
firstly a burst water pipe which soaked everything in a locker under the
saloon seat, including all the new shore power electrics, and secondly a
spillage into my computer,
which may mean fewer entries in this log until the end of January.
Although I have managed, at least get the computer running and saved
most of my document files to an external source, the keyboard is doing
it's own thing by typing capitals willy-nilly, missing keystrokes
altogether and omitting various other key inputs. So what used to
take minutes to type, now takes much, much longer because of having to
go over it all again and correct typo mistakes. My apologies
for any mistakes remaining.......it's not me, it's the computer, which
will be replaced in January. Obviously, the same keyboard
fault is apparent on my e-mail programme, which again makes writing
mails somewhat tedious, so bear with me if you are waiting for a reply,
or if you get one which is full of mistakes.
07/12/08 Again the strong winds are with us. I awoke
this morning to the sound of it whistling in the rigging, noted the
windspeed instrument showing in excess of 30 knots - and then the rain
started. It's just after mid-day now and there is no sign of it
abating in the near future. Over the last day or so, I have
completed my shore power wiring job, found a single socket for the
galley (which will suffice until I can purchase a double in UK),
installed a flat screen TV and DVD player, downloaded around three dozen
more films from the internet, and now use an electric kettle and toaster
instead of using gas all the time! My computer is over the worst
of it's damp mode and it's just certain keys which will still not work -
the left shift key being the most irritating - and I'll have a look at
that later. 8.45pm...the rain has stopped and the winds have died!
08/12/08 Transferred my dinghy onto the pontoon and inflated it,
then gave it a good scrubbing inside and out before filling it with
soapy water and dunking several of my warps in to soak for a while.
No doubt the little guy on his scooter will be around before very long,
to complain about the pontoon being 'blocked'. Quite a drop in
temperature this evening because the wind has gone round 180o
and is now from the chilly North - and I think I'm coming down
with a cold!
09/12/08 Didn't fancy standing around on the pontoon sorting
out warps and dinghy today because the wind is still northerly and
chilled, so after I had done my washing and had breakfast, I did some
more scraping of varnish from my drinks holder and around the
companionway entrance, though there is still much more of that to do,
followed by several coats of varnish of course!
10/12/08 A lovely sunny day.....and more scraping and sanding
around the companionway and the grabrail along the port side of the
coachroof, I may as well do all the woodwork whilst I'm at it!
11/12/08 Sunny again, but with somewhat more wind - which is
forecast to increase through the day and night. Scraped all the
varnish from the starboard grabrail and sanded it down in preparation
for varnishing, before the chill of the wind became too much and I
retreated into the warmth of the cockpit.
12/12/08 Not a peaceful night. Because of the
strengthening winds blowing 30o off my starboard quarter, I
stayed up until almost 2am to make sure my bows did not hit the pontoon.
At 5.30am, the sound of my anchor pushing the steps along the pontoon
had me up and dressed as the boat rolled and slewed uncomfortably
between it's neighbours. The wind instrument showed 40 knots and
forward movement had allowed my bow to close the gap between boat and
pontoon. Once more, using a second rope and rolling hitch, I again
winched in more of my stern line but constant twisting of the laid
mooring prevented me from gaining much slack, just enough to lessen the
incidence of anchor/step contact. At least my dinghy hasn't blown
away - but then again, it does have several hundred kilos of
water and rope in it! What an 'orrible day - by 11.50pm the
wind had been gusting up to 40knts, then back to 15, then up to 40
again in a monotonous cycle throughout the day, but then steadied to
around 20knts with persistent rain. At least it allowed a
good night's sleep!
14/12/08 Very little happening at the moment. For
some reason, the marina is eerily silent during the day - even though
the Turkish holiday period is over, very little can be heard except the
chirruping of the many kingfishers perched on mooring ropes.
During the evening I went up to the bar, bought my drink and went to sit
in the restaurant annexe to watch the Sunday film......Anthony Hopkins
in 'Fracture'. I have added a new page to the site - my
friend Jan is selling her apartment in Kusadasi, so if anyone would like
their own Place in the Sun, take a look at this one by clicking
on the link below.....and get yourself a bargain!
(edit: apartment has now been let for a 12 month
period and is no longer available - link removed.)
15/12/08 So, another Internet Explorer problem!
Microsoft have advised users to change to another browser whilst a
security danger is rectified......so....I'm back using Firefox for a
16/12/08 This morning's liveaboard 'net' warned of the
IE security problem (a bit late!), and I expect a great majority will
today be changing over to Opera, Firefox or some other browser.
Update on the RTW solo yachtsmen I commented on in November 20th's log:
Thomas Colville has been losing time in the Indian Ocean, and is now 2
days and 18 hours behind Joyon's record.......the youngster Mike
Perham's bid to go around as the youngest ever is dogged with autohelm
problems, having stopped in Cascais for repairs and again in Gran
Canaria. He now hopes to start and finish there on his solo
non-stop circumnavigation. I think maybe he has 'bitten off more
than he can chew,' for someone so young. For some days now,
I've been wrestling with the 'do I put some Xmas lights up or not'
question - I don't generally take any notice of Christmas, it's a period
of the year that used to annoy me intently when in the UK - the madness
of it all, shoppers going berserk, traffic congestion, never knowing
what to buy for someone, the false 'jollity' of the season......bah!
humbug!, it drove me mad! However, I do have two sets of lights
onboard, and they are sitting there in the box 'accusing' me,
along with Astrid from Storm Dodger giving me grief.....so,
17/12/08 OK......I gave in and put up some lights this
morning - but it was a compromise m'lud....I only put up one set,
just plain white from bow to spreaders and down to the stern.
Retrieved my warps from their soaking in the dinghy and rinsed them off
before hanging on the gantry at the stern, then gave the dinghy another
wash out and inverted it to dry. Tonight's film....'Good
18/12/08 Bit of a windy day again today (up to 30knts), so
didn't do an awful lot, just a little re-organisation of a couple of
lockers. Microsoft have released a security patch to rectify the
threat to Internet Explorer users. It mainly affected IE 7 (which
I use), but other versions are also at risk, so I downloaded and
installed that. Firefox (latest version is 3.0.5), Opera and
Safari have all issued updates too - so make sure you all have the most
up-to-date versions/modifications! Tonight the film onboard is
'The Guns of Navarone'......collect your popcorn and ki-ora before
taking your seats please - and don't sit on the Christmas tree Madam!
19/12/08 Rain! All morning! It cleared up in
the afternoon and became quite warm, though I wasn't tempted to chance
it and go into town, I would much rather go in the mornings.
A lot of 'secret squirrel' chat on the VHF during the day, about
something happening tomorrow - pathetic, because everyone
knows what's going on in the marina, yet no-one wants to say anything -
and basically it's about the (un-expected?) forced expulsion from the
marina, of Antigua Lady with Karen and Paul.
20/12/08 There was a party last night for yotties to bid
farewell to Karen and Paul which I understand was well attended - but
had it been announced.....then even more would have been there!
Rumour has it that they were asked to leave because they furnished
information to liveaboards as to where to buy supplies cheaper than in
the marina shop. However, as I first heard the rumblings of
their eviction some four weeks ago, I somehow doubt the authenticity of that,
and suspect the more plausible explanation of enticing custom to their own
hotel/restaurant (Dominoes), exacerbated by ill-advised, third
party, daily 'net'
announcements. Whatever the reason, in my opinion, marina
management have over-reacted and have effectively 'cut their own
throats', as in all probability, both restaurant and bar takings will
fall even further than current levels, in a mini liveaboard rebellion.
An engine-less Antigua Lady was towed by joker boat from
the marina at 10am this morning, amidst noisy klaxon soundings, before
being taken in tow by Jo and Foxy aboard Aventura for the short
trip across the bay to Netsel Marina. My best wishes to both Karen and Paul.
You will both be missed.
Today has dawned bright and sunny - a change from the last couple of days
which have seen grey skies and showers - fairly
miserable weather, but infinitely preferable to the cold winters of
the UK. Turkey weather sites are showing considerable amounts of
snow just to the east of Istanbul (40cms) but it's unlikely to spread
this far south. However, we are expecting some strong winds yet
again, the central Aegean taking the brunt of it and Marmaris catching
the edges of the blow.
24/12/08 Reading last night of UK Tesco stores being bare of
fresh veg, fruit etc.....you guys have no idea how great it is to be
away from all that - the annual locust swarms hit the supermarkets,
buying trolley loads of stuff they don't need, car parks clogged with
frantic shoppers laying in for a siege when in reality the need is only
for a couple of days, piles of bread that could feed the five thousand
for a month, chocolates and nuts they won't ever eat, turkey they'll
still be eating at Easter.....the list goes on!
this morning at my usual 6am, two cups of black coffee laced with Cap'n
Morgan's dark rum (it's Christmas isn't it?) whilst reading
the Daily Mail and Kent Messenger online - Noel Edmonds proposes to
girlfriend - dipstick - Pixie Geldorf falls out of a nightclub
again....looking like she got dressed in the dark using clothes from the
ragbag, (so like her Dad), Madonna goes out with Jesus, Kate Winslett
gets naked in a new movie whilst
every other woman wants a bum like Kylie's - and the usual spattering of muggings and
burglaries on the Christmas run-up. Nothing new there then!!
Listened to Radio Kent whilst having my breakfast of steak and eggs with
mushrooms and caramelised tomatoes - and more coffee! Went into
town with Astrid in the afternoon for a couple of hours and on return to
the marina, the winds had kicked in from the north as expected, so it
was nice to get back onboard, switch on the heating and settle down to
dinner and a good book.
25/12/08 MERRY CHRISTMAS
26/12/08 I hope everyone at home, fellow sailors
and visitors to this site from all over the World, had a good day
yesterday! Thank you all for the e-mails, sms texts, phone calls and other
messages of seasonal greetings which I've received over the last few
days - they are, as always, very much appreciated. Here, we have
had two days of glorious sunshine, albeit a little chilly yesterday,
with more of the same good weather forecast over the weekend. I've
had a two great days of relaxing (not picking up any tools!), either
reading, surfing the net or watching films, aided and abetted by Captain
Morgan! Those liveaboards, who yesterday went to 'organised'
dinners, were not exactly ecstatic about their day, so once again, I'm
thankful that I opted to spend my day quietly onboard. This
evening will be much the same, dinner is cooking, I'll have that before
settling in to another film.....title to be decided later!!
28/12/08 0800hrs. Not very much happening.....seasonal
lethargy at it's best! The promised 'good' weekend weather failed
to materialise and yesterday saw gloomy skies and some heavy rain.
This morning......well,.....it's much the same, there's a fairly brisk
breeze from the south, grey skies and showers. The internet is
currently down, but the intranet is not - so I took the opportunity of
downloading some more films, another six or so, at around 8 minutes per
download, bringing my total number of films on hard disc to around the
100 mark (plus another 300 on dvd disc) - that should keep me occupied
for a few evenings! What I didn't know until yesterday, was that,
of the top ten best films of 2008 (as voted by MSN readers)...I have
eight of them onboard! Later afternoon brought yet more rain,
sometimes heavy and with the accompaniment of thunder and lightning.
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AND MANY
HAPPY RETURNS TO MY MUM!
30/12/08 Not a very pleasant
evening yesterday - we continue to have fairly strong winds and these
were blowing at around a 45 degree angle to my stbd bow
(north-easterly), at speeds of 35 knots. This slews the boat from
side to side and into the neighbouring boats (both un-attended).
The sound of rubbing fenders coupled with frapping halliards, which I
was unable to stop, made for a noisy few hours. Looking at the
weather sites this morning, in particular the Turkish Met site......it
seems there will be little change in winds before 11pm tomorrow night,
so....more of the same today then!
31/12/08 .....and so we start the last
day of 2008! The piccy to the right shows the the type of wind
pattern files that yotties look at each day, this one is from the
Turkish Met site (reduced in size), and is for 0600 UT today (0800 local
time). The red areas are strong winds - blowing straight down the
Aegean Sea. Marmaris is just on the edge of the blow and my wind
instrument is currently showing a speed of 36 knots (0430 UT). The
Greek islands of the Aegean must be taking a bit of a pounding at the
moment. Anyone want a quick passage to Port Said??
Other than the noise of the wind.......a quiet New
Year's Eve for me, brought in with a glass of Imperial Speyside single
malt whisky (16 year old!).
Thanks to all the 'regulars' (though I don't know who
you are) who have dropped in to have a look at my site over the
last year, from the UK, Germany, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Norway,
Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Turkey, India, Romania, Croatia, USA and many
more - thank you very much.
Now let's see what 2009 has in store for me!
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