Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tamarisk - 'Round the World

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am not usually a great fan of so-called cruising blogs. I have come to the conclusion that most of them are not really blogs about sailing at all. They are blogs about what people who live on boats do when they are not sailing.

Actually, come to think of it, that's a criticism that could just as easily be leveled at this blog. As I have never sailed my Laser as much as 100 days in any year, and as I usually rack up over 300 blog posts a year, I guess most of my posts must be about stuff other than sailing. Like nippies on bikes. Or an ocarina. Or quidditch.

Be that as it may, I do like this cruising blog that was just brought to my attention: Tamarisk - 'Round the World.

Maybe it's because the blog is about a round the world voyage by a couple of brothers who are British by birth and who have spent most of their lives in the USA, and they happen to be about the same age as my own sons.

Or maybe it's because the photographs on the blog are absolutely superb. And there's lots of them.

Or perhaps it's because the brothers are refreshingly honest about how little they knew about a boat like Tamarisk when they first took possession of her. "The problem is that we don’t know what anything on the boat does, other than the beds.... Our jobs are being made easier by the owners manual we found this afternoon.... We jammed the pulley at the top of the mast while trying to rig the spinnaker halyard (the string that holds up one of the big white flags at the top of the flag pole.)"

But I think the thing I really like about Tamarisk - 'Round the World is that a high percentage of the posts are actually about actual frigging sailing.

Unlike my blog.



Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

In my 38-ft Laser, I'm only out 50 times a year! I knew I was only half the sailor you are, Skipper. Now I have a stat to confirm it.

Tillerman said...

I said I have never sailed as much as 100 days in a year. The maximum (since I started counting) was 94 which was in 2008. This year the total currently stands at 58, so I will probably end up somewhere in the 60s by Dec 31. So we're not so different Doc!

Pat said...

Sixty-ish days would have been some of my best years for time sailing, and this year and the last one were definitely well below that. But maybe being on the race committee boat ten days counts as sort of "honorary sailing" maybe?

Tillerman said...

Absolutely Pat.

Jason Windebank said...

Great Tillerman, many thanks for the kind words about our blog!! Happy New Year from "the Brothers" in the BVI.

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