Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Looks like we are going sailing tomorrow
There are four cruising boats in Mossel Bay and we got together for a 'braai', South African for a BBQ, last night. What was remarkable was that the crews of three of the boats (American, Spanish, Swedish) were relatively young, late 20s to mid 30s or about the age of our kids. This is not at all the norm for world cruisers' get-togethers where the average age is more like 65. One of the 'kids' made the valid observation that from Christmas Island westward, ie for people actually crossing the Indian Ocean to South Africa, the percentage of young cruisers has risen dramatically in spite of the fact that the boats these people have are very modest, for example, there is a Vega 27 rafted to us.
Made me think about many of the older cruisers we met in Indonesia who were either going to stay in SE Asia to await developments with the pirates or in a few cases were going to ship their boats to the Med, in one case the cost was $24,000 which is more than the value of the young sailors' boats.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).