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Desperately waiting for Spring...

Picture says it all.... brrrrr.....

(what's this global warming I keep hearing about?)

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Its down here in Florida...March 1st and the temp was almost 90 degrees.

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BTW...real estate is really cheap down here in FL right now.

One more shot to *REALLY* get the point across....

Webcam Shot.....

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Dunno how you frozen Northerners tolerate your winters - its bad enough here in the UK

at least in the britain we can sail through the winter - but only if you are hard enough

The web is an amazing thing - I can tell where people come from to watch my films - the North American and Canadians really hit on the front page for the free films - hoover up all sorts of bandwidth - whenever you guys get a bit of a pasting. I could almost track the storms across your mighty continent


I have to say that even for me - sailing about six days a month through the winter I get a bit hous crazy. I love editing a summer sailing film when the weather here is rubbish. Currently editing one about Southwold and the River Blythe - take a look on Earth. Some lovely estuaries to sail here.

I am feeling good though because this Thursday and Friday the weatherman is predicting some pretty good sunshine and light winds - so it should be ideal for moving the boat around from Wells Next the Sea, around the corner and down into the River nene where self and slug will be spending the rest of the winter and hoping to sneak up on a few flocks of seabirds

Dylan

meantime - here is a little bit of sailing. Not as good as the real thing... but this is on the Alde at low tide - sailing through the mud flats at low tide.

YouTube - ktl-scuttlebutt-64 troublesome reach 2.flv www.keepturningleft.co.uk

there is an hour of more of free films on the youtube space

YouTube - KeepTurningLeft's Channel
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I had the misfortune of having to spend two weeks in New Jersey from near the end of January to early February. During my stay there was a "Blizzard of the Century" as the NYC weather people described it followed shortly by an Ice Storm. For one 36 hour period we were confined to our hotel as it was physically impossible to leave save on foot (cars could not be extracted from 4+ foot snow drifts in the parking lot).

I cannot fathom what possesses people to live in such a place, particularly so given the costs of everything, taxes and what have you, on top of miserable weather. I advised my wife that I shall never again visit a place subject to snow and ice unless I'm seeing it through the window of an airliner whilest passing over. If I want snow I will go see it. I have no interest in it coming to me.

The idea of having one's yacht on the hard, or worse, on a mooring or in a slip, and enduring such conditions for half the year makes absolutely no sense to me. You gals and guys that live in such places have my sympathy.

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BTW...real estate is really cheap down here in FL right now.

One more shot to *REALLY* get the point across....

Webcam Shot.....


Now... don't you make me come down there!

wait... er... Yes, Please, Make me come down there!!!

(actually, as ironic as it may be, I was born in Ft. Lauderdale, and most of my kin are in Orlando -- so I know very well what I'm missing -- an optimal balance of life is seldom simple...)
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Dunno how you frozen Northerners tolerate your winters - its bad enough here in the UK
Mostly through large quantities of alcohol ;-)

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at least in the britain we can sail through the winter - but only if you are hard enough
I don't mind a bit of cold or rain so much, it's the snow and ice that really get me down. Your videos have strongly tempted me to think of a way to winter the boat on the east coast of England for the occasional weekend sail, given the pitifully short season here.

Bit of a long trip each way though....

And much of the spring and fall sailing here is no different from your winter sailing there. The summers here, though, can be truly "magical", with no exageration. Hard to say though if they make up for the short season.
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Here in southland USA we have mild winters, which means no snow 99.5% of the time.
Down in Southland of Austrailia it is serious summer there.
Now if I only had a boat in both places.......
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