Rain, an ordinary thing...
First of the season.
And then it was gone. I actually don't remember the rain, even though it did make things wet. The sun changed the sky, and everything turned sunset pink.
Did I miss something?
Make and model...generally an ordinary thing..
Now if you are in your usual routine and you have a new car, a weird thing might happen. You start to notice the same model as yours a lot more on the roads, or perhaps the same colour of your car everywhere. You may even get excited and honk your horn as you pass a driver who shares your own good taste. Yachties suffer from this to the extreme.
We have been looking out for Sea Trek III's sisters, Jack Savage designed Oceanic 46' yachts. We hadn't seen any, despite the 1,000s of yachts around us over the past months. They are Australia built, and we expected to find many up this way. We have identified Compass 28s, and South Coast 36s along our way. (our previous yachts designs).
While sitting in the shade on our back deck exchanging sailing dreams with the crew of Sagittae our eyes all fell upon a passing yacht. I read the ship's name and without hesitation began frantically waving some colourful straps in the air. It was Stylopora; the most famous of the Oceanic 46 yachts. She is a circumnavigator and the subject of the book " Here Be Dragons".
Apparently the new owners Di and Geoff are very used to strangers wanting to contact them as they sail past. They politely obliged and turned towards us. We toured each other's yachts, admiring and comparing features. Great excitement as we babbled about our story of how and when we found ST3., previously named Harita. Di was able to give us the names of three other Oceanic 42s and a 46.
Di animated about the Swains.
A mud map: highly prized.
We think that it was a most marvelous day...ordinary things that are special to us.
Thankyou for the feedback from 'anonymous' who suggested that we comment on what we thought of the anchorages visited. Glenn will undertake this over the next few weeks. We'll try to include this is future posts.