In part it was for Mr Uhdd to have a look at the boat he will be sailing on during The Three Peaks Yacht Race. She was out of the water for a little TLC, not that she needs much TLC, she is a young and sprightly boat. But boats always need a touch of something, or so I’ve observed, from a distance; I think we’ve established on this blog, I don’t ‘do’ boats, well not very much.
I was going to say it is because I am a Derbyshire lass, but then so is Dame Ellen Macarthur and it doesn’t seem to have stopped her embracing the sea. Tom likes to do some sailing, however Joe is always keener on shore based maintenance.
(For the record, Mr Uhdd got more paint on himself than Joe did and the paint cost £70 a tin; the alcohol hand wash stuff out of the first aid kit was good for getting the paint off Mr Uhdd face, he had something of the Braveheart look about him by the time they had finished.)
Joe has been like this since a very young age, here he is in New York, in 2003, alongside the boat Bristol Clipper, helping some of the crew fix something important.
Joe’s uncle ‘BiL’ was skipper of Bristol Clipper, in the Clipper around the world yacht race. 02-03, and we all flew out to meet up with the the boat, when it arrived in New York; it was an adventure I seem to remember, I wish I had a blog of that time to look back on.
Even a land lubber like me can work out it is sails Joe’s working on here.
after that he moved on to quarter master duties, although a fair bit of flour seems to be ending up on the crew.
You just couldn’t keep him out of the thick of it!
He is still the same, once you’ve peeled him off the XBox. But I digress, and what a pleasant browse I’ve had through the ‘New York photos’ this evening; a perk of blog post writing. Considering we are so not ‘city people’ we loved New York
Back to real time; Mr Uhdd had a crack at the Three Peaks Yacht Race last year, and is going back for more, he has bought a new bike for the occasion. No doubt you will be hearing more about the race, but here is a heads up (or should it be hands up) about what the race entails.
Note the date; just a few days after my significant birthday.