Sailing across the windy Cyclades: May/June 2015

We stopped about three times. Long days of sailing, on one of which I couldn’t go down below to bring up bread/tomatoes for lunch and only munched on the bread. I have since been advised that ginger is good for sea sickness and have been using it. I think I’m much better but a windy crossing might prove this wrong.

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Boatyard on Leros, Greece May 2015

We have been here for over a week cleaning and working on repairs to Peperuka. The first job was to clean the stainless steel, of which there is quite a lot, on the deck. I found two canister-type containers of Vim cleaner and isn’t that a name from the past! It’s a powder cleaner probably a fore-runner of Cif. it’s a horrible job but there is a sense of achievement. The cleaner is rubbed on every inch of steel then washed off. I rubbed all the steel, the wires and the stanchions then used the hose to wash them down but I’m still finding sections that, instead of being shiny, have a film of powder. After that I’ve been cleaning and tidying inside while Bob is sanding, polishing, repairing and adding parts to the boat. He has ordered a new life-raft, a wind-vane and a self-steering mechanism.

Open University Short Course

I am studying Diabetes Management and have learned that I’m in a high risk group of becoming diabetic. It’s the South Asian group and I must aim for a waist measurement two inches less than the white population. Oh dear! I thought my BMI was ok but not so. Will endeavour to improve it and be careful re diet and exercise.