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December 22, 2012

Meet the crew : ANDY

We had the absolute pleasure of having Andy onboard over the past few days on a trip to Martinique. In keeping with the rest of this blog, we decided that all crew, should go through the Indulgence interrogation interview. So here is all you need to know about Andy….


WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
Andrew Franklyn Gissing

WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My father and my grandfather, they both had the same name.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Portsmouth. (AKA Gosport – okay, this was added in by John!)

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
When I went home and my daughter jumped on top of me when I surprised her on my birthday.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
No. I think its terribly untidy. It can be read though, it’s just very untidy.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Two. George 16, Alice 14

DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Do I use sarcasm a lot? *laughs* sometimes, yes!

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yes. Haven’t done it before, have done a parachute jump, but never a bungee.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Yes. It’s so I don’t stretch them when I put them back on. That’s a John Lewis trick.

WOULD YOU PUT THE MILK INTO THE TEA FIRST, OR LAST?
Last. Always.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Ohhhhhhh………. I think their eyes. You can a lot about people from their eyes. Honestly and genuineness. You someone smiles, you can see that smile in their eyes.

RED OR PINK?
Red. However, it is an aggressive colour, but pink is very feminine. I prefer red.

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Overweight

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Secret

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mum. She was very pleased to know I was safe and sound, and on dry land. Though this boat is not very dry.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings

ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Rolling Stones

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
*nods slowly* I can sail. That is special. And I have patience.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Saint Lucia, yeah.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
My family

HAVE YOU ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
Material things don’t matter to me. I’m not somebody who collects things ever. For me it’s about relationships. I’ve got lots of friends and that is very special.

WHERE DID YOU MEET THE REST OF THE CREW ON THIS TRIP?
John was through the World Cruising website, whom I meet in Parmo de Varizam. For the rest of you guys, I meet you in Las Palmas when you came out to join the ARC, and Jill in St. Lucia. I was disappointed that you, Joleen turned up because if you had not, there may have been a place for me on this boat doing the ARC or I would have had to go through this interview. But that didn’t happen and I’m glad to be here now.

LASTELY, I HAVE A QUESTION FROM JOHN, SHOULD SLAVERY HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED?
What???? Come on now. No way… that’s a ridiculous question. I’m outta here.

December 18, 2012

Video highlights of our ARC passage

I’ve been itching to get my grip on the video facilities of my new camera, a Nikon D600, which I got my hands on the day before I left on this trip. I really want to experiment and push myself more in this field.

This was shot over the course of the trip. The guys didn’t even know I was shooting video most of the time, so you can imagine they were pretty surprised to see the finished piece.

 

 

December 16, 2012

Have a listen to Aidan, Denis and I chatting about Indulgence and our trip across

We are sitting ashore now, safe and sound after our arrival in Rodney Bay.
As I found out late last night, our last blog never managed to post properly, so I have updated that page with all the moments of our arrival. Pop over here and have a look.
In the meantime, hope you enjoy this audio blog I recorded with Aidan and Denis on our last few days at sea.

December 14, 2012

Mission accomplished. Arrival into St Lucia

Friday, 14th December 2012

Current Position : Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia, Windward islands, Caribbean

A few miles west of Saint Lucia, dawn breaks and John and Denis are sitting on deck with the islands of Saint Lucia in the background. What a scene!

It’s already been an interesting night and we gave it our all, shaking out all reefs, full headsail and powering full steam ahead for our first sight of land in 17 days. Earlier that morning, I had woken up for my watch to see Aidan clutching a transitory radio, tuning into Raggea Santa, tapping the beats on the cockpit and proudly claiming we are only 60 miles away. We watched the Southern Cross pop it’s head over the horizon for the first time on our trip, and this ticked another item off Johns bucket list.

The Piton mountains fully dominated the horizon and we listened to many other ARC boats calling in their position as they too came close to land. As we came closer to the finish line we were joined by Bulbo-Mittio, a Sunfast 43. It really was a race to the end as she came in under spinnaker, but we closed the door on her on the pin end. Its hard to believe that after such a long time at sea that a finish like this would be so close, or even possible.  Also at the finish line was our photo mate Tim Wright, of photoaction, in his little dinghy, who manages to shoot every major regatta in the world including many, many Cork Weeks in Crosshaven. Good man Tim.

On our list of must dos was a SWIM. At last, a glorious swim, and as soon as the sails were folded away, all four of us dived overboard into that warm Caribbean bath of salt water. We should after all let the autopilot do its last bit of work after such a hard passage!

Also spotted was another Cork boat ‘Transendance’ from Kinsale anchored in the bay, so we must find out more about our ‘homies’.

Homies of the Carribbean kind were all around. Greeted by the ARC crew and the island tourist board, with a bottle of Chairmans Reserve St Lucian Rum, and a basket of fresh fruit, including bananas ( in case we were short). There was nothing really that could be done and all we could do was step off the boat, sit on the marina and just look at Indulgence. First the first time ever we were happy to sit on the pontoon and just look at the boat from this side for a change.

Of course the local enterprising Rastas weren’t long turning up and within 30 minutes we met Ryan, offering local crafts, more bananas and other herbal remedies, that we hear may be illegal in other countries. As it turned out, he had an Irish wife, had been to the Guinness Storehouse and kissed Blarney Stone, which we believe to be true, in its entirety.

And now, the day is almost over, still hard to fathom it all again. Delighted to be able to have completed another trans Atlantic. Sleep, more rum, and more stories will continue.

November 30, 2012

Meet the Indulgence crew : JOLEEN

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
Joleen Catherine Cronin

WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yeah, Dolly Parton of course…… That and my grannies names Josephine and Catherine

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Cork

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Just before I left on this trip. I was having a bit of stressful time.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yeah I do actually

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
No

DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
Not really. But I laugh a lot.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
I do

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No way!!!! Handgliding was about as adventurous as I’ve got before with that. I’d be absolutely terrified to do that.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I’m more into my Birkies.

WOULD YOU PUT THE MILK INTO THE TEA FIRST, OR LAST?
Afterwards

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their smile

RED OR PINK?
Red, red, red, red, red!!!

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I find my skin and my exzeca bothers me a lot.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My granny and grandad in Crosshaven.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My family a few days ago. I was talking to them all. They are great.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Chick flicks and happy endings

ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Beatles. Next challenge is to learn a few chords on the guitar.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Hmmm… I can juggle! That’s very useful on a boat!

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Middle of the pacific ocean.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
I think my hard drives with all my photos over the years. There’s a lot of stuff there that is special to me.

FINALLY, HOW DO YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE CREW?
All through the yacht club in Crosshaven and my family’s pub in Crosshaven. The first time I sailed on Aidans boat was with another friend of mine. We had a great time on the way over to East Ferry. Denis and John, I don’t know that well, but am getting to know them a lot more these days! Denis and I also have a lot of mutual friends.

November 29, 2012

Meet the Indulgence crew : DENIS

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
Denis Mathew Nagle

WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Oh my grandfather

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Carrigaline. The bon-suckers actually if the truth be known.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
The last time….????? Jesus, I don’t know.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
hmmmmm… yeah.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
No, na mas.

DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
hhhmmm *mumbles* nahhhh

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
No

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Nah, I don’t think so.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No I don’t tie them when I put them on either though. I just slip into them.

WOULD YOU PUT THE MILK INTO THE TEA FIRST, OR LAST?
Oh last.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
First thing, their eyes.

RED OR PINK?
Red. Is this from a redhead asking a question???

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Ammmmmm….. I suppose being too independent, you loose touch with people.

AND IS THE BEST THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?
Yes, absolutely, my independence

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
These are difficult questions. Move on….

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mum, just the night before we left.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.

ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Stones.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I wouldn’t think so.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Probably Australia, Sydney.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
My camera bag. It is the most expensive thing there.

HAVE YOU ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
Not really no. You can clearly see I never do this sort of things. *awkward pause*

FINALLY, WHERE DID YOU MEET THE REST OF THE CREW ON THIS TRIP?
Aidan down in Crosshaven in the boatyard the day he bought the boat or within the first week he got it delivered, and he was proud as punch of this new boat. I met him in the yacht club a few times afterwards and that.

John, I met throughout Aidan, and we’ve done a few deliveries together since.

I know Joleen through Cronin’s Pub.

November 28, 2012

Meet the Indulgence crew : JOHN

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
David John Mark Mary Hanly

WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Clonmel

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Yesterday, for my aunt Bernie.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
No

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes, Julz (22) Jack (21)

DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
Yes. Can’t you tell?

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No

WOULD YOU PUT THE MILK INTO THE TEA FIRST, OR LAST?
First

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their aura.

RED OR PINK?
Red

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
*Johns opens his arms in question and big doubt*
God……. hmmmmm…….. well…… I don’t know……
I suppose…… I smoke, well yeah. That’s a good answer.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My mommy

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My wife Angela

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
*laughs uncontrollably* Yes.

ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Beatles

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Yes. Pigeon brain. Work that out.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
I have been to space. In mediation.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
The firehose of course.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE CREW
Aidan had a boat called Argus, but didn’t know how to sail. So I showed him everything.

*Aidan strongly disagrees in the background* “You can’t write that down!!!!!!!”

*John laughs* I started sailing in 1988 but the truth of the matter is, I have the time and he has the boat.

Denis, like a cockroach, he climbed up the boarding ladder or the warf there, and arrived at the marina. He was there with the rats and the bit of cardboard that Joleen didn’t throw out.

And, we don’t know you at all Joleen. But we’re about to find out.

November 27, 2012

Meet the Indulgence crew : AIDAN

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
Aidan Henry Heffernan

WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I was. My father was Henry. Aidan came from my birthday, St Aidan’s feast day was November 30th.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
In Cork. Come here boy, across the road from yourself.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
That’s a difficult one. Do you really want to know? There is a story attached to this. My mother had her 87th birthday, on Armistus day. A friend of mine died young of a brain tumour, we buried him only a few weeks before hand. His sister lives down the road from me. When I came out of my mothers house, I went into the off licence and asked for the bottle of port. It was for someone who had passed away. Went into Rose’s house, and said, “don’t think Im odd, but this is a present for Noel”. It was a present for Christmas day. I hope they didn’t think I was odd, but for me it was a special moment.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Nobody can read my handwriting. I went to the Model School and we used to write with an ink and well with steel tipped things. I think I write fine but a lot of people can’t understand what I write at all! It’s all over the place…. just like my brain!.

Well I like it, but not everyone else does.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes. Jill is Thailand teaching English for the last two and half years and Robert, who works with me, will be joining us along with Jill in December. They both turned out great!. I love them all and they all love sailing. We’re very good friends. I’m not a pushover, but we are very easy going together.

DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
No I don’t. I’m not like that.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
I do.

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No way.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Yes

WOULD YOU PUT THE MILK INTO THE TEA FIRST, OR LAST?
This is an interesting question. The tea is simple. Tea in first, milk afterwards. Tea bag stays in the cup. No sugar. Coffee on the other hand is the exact opposite. Coffee first, then milk, then sugar, all mixed together then. Its a bit of a science.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their facial expression and whether they are smiling.

RED OR PINK?
You mean favourite colour? I like Pink. Bright colours and all that. Ah, you know me.

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My eyesight. Other than that, no problems. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was eleven.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Serious? My father. He died young, only 63 or 64. It was very young to die. They used to visit us loads in Crosshaven and were always pottering around with boats.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mum actually. I told her I wouldn’t be talking to her for three weeks while we are on the ARC.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings. No interest in scary movies.

ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Ohhhh, Rolling Stones. The Beatles were square.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
People tell me I do. I seem to get on well with people. I think that’s special.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Galapagos.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
Feckin’ hell. The people. Mary, my wife.

HAVE YOU ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
If you really want to know, I’ve had a very good life. We weren’t very wealthy. My dad had to pay for the school fees. I seemed to have ended up with a lot, but it was very hard fought for. My mother keeps reminding me of that.

Sailing is an amazing and great way of meeting people. If I think of my immediate friends, they are all sailors. That’s special. They are all so genuine. I don’t think I’ve done anyone any harm… yet!

WHERE DID YOU MEET THE REST OF THE CREW ON THIS TRIP?
John, I meet him in the Royal Cork Yacht Club. I put an ad up looking for crew and he joined us on a sail down east. I can distinctly remember him standing there waiting on the first day, and we hit it off. He is very easy going. We sailed down to Ballycoton that day, and I knew that since he was in the army that he’d have loads of time off.

Denis, I met him on the marina in Crosshaven. He used to sail with his brother in law. He came on to the boat one day and he was interested in doing a bit of racing, and we gradually got to know him better. Now he is like my right hand man. Today he described himself as a sacrificial lamb. In fairness like….

And Joleen, well I know you, the truth is I’m not an outgoing person, and not one for drink. I know you through the sailing and maybe seeing you the odd time in Cronin’s.

Wow, I just can’t believe I’m going on this trip. It’s amazing. I am privileged, and privileged to be going with the people I am here with.

November 26, 2012

Sign off from Indulgence for now, we set sail tomorrow on #ARCrally. We’ll keep you up to date with our musings and endeavors here

November 26, 2012

Bananas from outer space

 

“Can I have two large bags of potatoes and a bunch of bananas please?”

That was my order at the fruit and veg stand in the market in Las Palmas. Result, 50 kg of spuds and a banana plantation. No wonder the whole marina is talking about the Irish boat.