How to take a Mini across Europe

Once the excitement of buying a new boat faded away and my Pogo was safely resting in Marseille for the winter, I started pondering seriously about how on earth I would manage to bring it home, or more precisely, to the Life Harbour in Limanu. As the winters tend to be long and mostly dark, they are perfect for adventure dreaming. With Google Earth opened in the cozy comfort of my home, I plotted different routes from Marseille to the Black Sea. And as it usually happens, it was just an email exchange with Marc, who graciously took care of…

Choosing my Mini

It was a strange feeling not to have a boat to care and worry about. Without Mem Pas Peur I felt I no longer had a purpose to fill in my limited spare time. When I was a boat owner, I had a constant list of things that I wanted to do on the boat, small projects to improve its sailing or comfort. When these vanished, I started feeling restless, a bit depressed, as if all of a sudden all my sailing dreams were cancelled. This situation could not be tolerated for long and despite Cristiana’s reluctance, I started searching…

But then better things come around… (Part 2 of a long transitional post)

Alas, it took me more than a year to get going again and retie the loose ends of my sailing stories 🙂 Just before Easter 2016 I received a call from a person interested in finding out more about Mem Pas Peur. Since for the previous six months I had already spoken to more than a dozen potential buyers and travelled many times to show them the boat without any second calls, I did not expect much from this new contact. But in any case I decided to give the boat a thorough sweeping, which was required any ways after…

New photo update!

Spoiler: this is not a sailing-related post, as most of them have been ever since I embraced this new hobby of mine 🙂 It’s been a very-very long time since my last photography update, mainly since I haven’t had the chance to go out shooting for almost three years now. I still have a bunch of films that I haven’t processed yet, plus some others that I scanned but did not get the chance to look at in detail. Nonetheless I managed to revise some of the existing galleries (Romanian Moments, Bucharest Transit and Timeless Pestera) and add some new…

Book Review: Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum

After a tough  introduction into the hard-core world of solo sailing, not to mention in an open boat, I was totally hooked and decided that I should continue the study of the history of small boat sailing from its beginnings, namely from the first ever solo circumnavigation. This mighty feat was achieved by Joshua Slocum, an experienced sailor from Nova Scotia at the turn of the 19th century, in his 36-foot sloop Spray. Using solely traditional methods of navigation he undertook and East-West circumnavigation, and in its course he was also the first to cross the Straits of Magellan in…

Book Review: Bumfuzzle – Just Out Looking For Pirates, by Patrick Schulte

I received this book as a gift from one of my best friends who was about to embark on a cruising vacation on a catamaran in the Cyclades. Talking passionately about my first sailing experience in the Greek islands, I convinced him that chartering a boat is the best way to explore the Aegean Sea. A regular sailboat seemed a bit small  and uncomfortable in rolling for my friend Mihai and as a consequence he made up his mind for a big cat. Wanting to get some prior experience about living on and sailing a catamarn, he came upon this…

Book Review: The Ocean Waits, by Webb Chiles

I had to know how Webb Chiles’ open boat circumnavigation ended… and so I followed him from the New Hebrides where he recovered his boat, all the way to Saudi Arabia where he was imprisoned and lost his boat again, only this time for good. And then again a year later, with a new identical boat departing from the Red Sea, crossing the Mediterranean and reaching the Canary Islands. Overall, his voyage is a true inspirational story and his feat unique in the history of small boat sailing. After reading many-many accounts of single-handed voyages, Webb’s books still remain among…