Book Review: STORM PASSAGE: Alone Around Cape Horn, by Webb Chiles

This was my first modern sailing narrative and I could not have picked a better one! Webb Chiles, now a 5 time circumnavigator and the first one to circle the world in an open boat in the late 70s – early 80s, describes in a vivid and sometimes humorous manner his first attempt at rounding Cape Horn. In doing so with a leaky boat that required an enormous amount of bailing every day, he became the first American sailor to round the famous cape on solitaire. Born and raised far from the sea and completely self-taught in the art of…

Never trust great deals when purchasing antifouling paint!!!

Last May I was over-thrilled when my friend Constantin Lascu, who was taking care of Mem Pas Peur, called me with some very good news – that he found a great deal for antifouling and primer. I was already keen to give Mem Pas Peur a good scraping and adorn her with new layers of paint at the beginning of a new sailing season and thus, without checking any other offers, I accepted on the spot. The name “International” already sounded familiar, in fact there were a couple of jars already on the boat from her former owner, Marc (the French sailor…

As the old saying goes, “All good things come to an end…” – Part 1

Such were my 2015 sailing season and my brief but rich experience of owning an excellent boat, Mem Pas Peur. But first things first. For lots and various reasons I haven’t been able to write a new piece in over a year. The last time I wrote something I was excited about starting a new sailing season with Mem Pas Peur, freshly painted on the bottom. Later I will also share a few thoughts about how to never trust a great deal when it comes to buying anti-fouling paint that should last one year (here). I had barely laid Mem…

Black Sea Sailing Ep .2 – better later than never :)

In a previous post (Gorgeous September Sailing 🙂) I promised to share the short movie that Robert filmed with his drone during our wonderful sailing episode back in September. As it happens most of the times, it took me an awfully loooong time to get the footage from Robert, select a few shots and combine them with some other clips shot on the boat to produce a short movie. The end result resides below: Alas, the summer season is finally here and I am eagerly waiting for the first longer sailing trips to Mangalia, Sulina, Balchik and finally Istanbul :)….

First sail of the season :)

For the past two months and a half I’ve been monitoring the weather forecasts daily. Sometimes even a few times per day… every time with a deep sense of anticipation for a major change that would drive the night temperatures above freezing. After being disappointed for a 100 times, last week finally the luck shone on me. No more negative temperatures for as far as the weather forecast could load on my iPhone 🙂 I wasted no time and ran quickly to Constanta to see little Mem Pas Peur, a bit anxious about her state. Thanks to Constantin, who took…

Reminiscing about the “good old days”… and dreaming of the next!

In a previous post (About Odyssea) I presented briefly my first skipper training trip that I undertook with 3 goods friends last year. While editing my first sailing movie clip (check here :)) I came across some footage that I recorded with my iPhone and iPad during this trip. With my newly acquired iMovie skills, I decided to put together a short clip that reveals two equally beautiful sides of the Aegean – stormy weather with clear skies and peaceful sunsets. I thank Ioana, Ionut and Barni for an awesome trip! And just as I finished uploading the movie on Youtube,…

Black Sea Sailing – Ep. 1

Since the sun has obstinantly refused to shine for the best part of the last month, I started to look for it in the pictures and short clips that I shot with my iPhone while sailing over the summer. Longing for the next sailing season and counting the bleak days that are still ahead, I started playing with iMovie. After a couple of hours I managed to concoct a very short movie clip using some of the very shaky and bad shots from a couple of memorable day trips. My first editing attempts can be enjoyed in full glory down…