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Giulietta 02-19-2008 04:03 PM

No cameras, no websites, no sponsors, no media, no net, no fuss...the real deal!!
 
As I arrive to my boat for my morning sail, I look at the spot where my boat used to be.

In its place there is a 1984 Benetau 43, from the time Benetau made boats to last and to ram whales....

Anyway..for a few days now I got used to seeing that old beat up boat, full of stuff, with the "wear" the real deal has...no fancy gear, no fancy stuff...the gear and stuff on deck is burnt by the sun and used by the seas...a rusty bycicle, a worn out preventer, a harness, man its a sight to see....

Inside, this very humble man, old in his looks, wrinkled skin..a strong accent...

What boat is that?? How are you?? going out again??? he asks every morning

After a few outings I finnally invite him inside my boat..we exchanged names...he needed a new gas bottle, no one helped him, so I took him in my car and we both drove around to get him gas...he can now cook...:) :)

His name is Alois Peyr, he is Australian, born in Check Republic...sold everything and is traveling around the World, alone in his boat named MARIA SORG MUTINEER (he bought her in the US a while ago)...took him 61 days from Ocean City in the US to Lisbon...because, as he said, on his way to Hamburg, Germany to meet some friends...the Portuguese trades kept blowing him south...so why not visit Lisbon??? He asked...he is not in a hurry...he just goes as he pleases...

He is my neighbour now, till end of March, because we recommended him to cross the Biscay later...and because he needs some repairs...

This man is crossing oceans, going round the world alone, with no internet, no fuss, no web sites, no look at me's...no give me money for my dream...nothing...he's going, just for the heck of it...he is going because the sea calls him, not a fancy editor or the feeding of inflated egos in search of confirmation of un-eventfull lifes....

This is the real deal guys...the real genuine record breaker, the real "crosser"...not the advertised web page ones....I respect and help this guy...with all I can...we grew fond of him...he wanders around the marina, so we became friends.

I gave him a bottle of Portuguese wine...he gave me and Australian bottle...I saw Fred and Luis and was happy to see kids in a boat...

Here is the Australian wine...TD recognize this??

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...2/DSC02009.jpg

He gave me the only photo he has of him....(sorry the scanner doesn't work with my new Windows "Shita"...so I took a photo of the photo.)

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...2/DSC02010.jpg

I gave him one (the only one in paper I had) of my boat...tomorrow or after...I'm gonna give him a ride..why you ask??

Because in the process of showing a few routes around here he saw the last column in my GPS...he said he would like to do that...

And I am gonna give it to him...

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/c...MAGE_042-1.jpg

So by doing this post I am putting his name forever in black and white...someone has to do it...

sailortjk1 02-19-2008 04:11 PM

That is the "Real Deal"

teshannon 02-19-2008 04:19 PM

Alex,
I have a similar story. When I was hunting for my boat I went aboard a live aboard in Annapolis, some Tiawanese 41 something or other. The owner was an old fart like me. The thing that immediately struck me was that all the gear was really really no nonsense stuff. None of it was shiney. The next thing that struck me was how used it all looked, not in a bad way, just used. We went down below and it was the same. He started showing me some of the modifications and repairs he had done himself and they were impressive! I'm thinking this guy must have come all the way from Florida! So we hit it off and had a few beers and when I ask him where he just came from he mentions the Pacific, by himself. Quite humbling I might say. It just amazes me who's out there doing it while most of us just talk.
Alex, I wanted to buy that guy's boat on the spot but the "Captain" wanted something "fresher" looking. I wonder a lot where he is now.

TrueBlue 02-19-2008 04:21 PM

Looks like he's following his dream, can't say I'm envious though.

BTW Giu - that wine is considered very low end in the US, less than 10.00/bottle and comparable to Yellowtail.

chucklesR 02-19-2008 04:25 PM

Brought tears to my eyes.

Not that he's doing it, my turn will come.

That he's doing it alone. Just not for me.

Giulietta 02-19-2008 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrueBlue (Post 268500)
BTW Giu - that wine is considered very low end in the US, less than 10.00/bottle and comparable to Yellowtail.

:D :D :D

Soooo...I gave him a high end bottle of vinho branco, and he gives me some low end Australina wine, huh???

Guess tomorrow I might just scare the sh**t outta him then:D :D :D :D :D :D

teshannon 02-19-2008 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrueBlue (Post 268500)
Looks like he's following his dream, can't say I'm envious though.

BTW Giu - that wine is considered very low end in the US, less than 10.00/bottle and comparable to Yellowtail.

Like Portugese wine.

uspirate 02-19-2008 04:39 PM

Nice to see True old salts still exsist

Johnrb 02-19-2008 04:59 PM

Giu - when you meet this gentleman again, please give him a good hand shake on behalf of all the people here on Sailnet.

As for the wine, it's a decent table wine although who knows what it will be like after bouncing around his boat.

BTW - you said he is in your old spot. Is the boat from hell still beside him or did I miss an episode?

denby 02-19-2008 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnrb (Post 268521)
Giu - when you meet this gentleman again, please give him a good hand shake on behalf of all the people here on Sailnet.

As for the wine, it's a decent table wine although who knows what it will be like after bouncing around his boat.

BTW - you said he is in your old spot. Is the boat from hell still beside him or did I miss an episode?

Alex,

I second that.


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