Am new here and greetings to all around are in order! I am moored at South Harbour Helgoland and slightly stuck here by brevity of weather
windows in combination with volatility of forecasts. Have been delayed in my schedule by storm damage to my Carter 30's rigging
and lengthy repairs
in my 650nm passage
Riga - Simrishamn - Fehmarn - Brunsbuettel - Cuxhaven - Helgoland.
The intention was to beat the onset of winter temperatures (and condensation) by moving W and S. Having had a shroud
torn and a loosish forestay (i.e. furler
genoa) I am not inclined to damage the boat again because life must go on.
From my mid November moorings locality you would quite logically assume that I'm either nuts or a teenager. The former might still apply but I'm 69 come Jan,2016 and prior to retirement
worked as Insurance
guy and Manager of Maritime disasters with a big tanker operating shipping
company. The size of my boat (or rather lack of it) doesn't imply that I was too honest or underpaid - simply I find 30' of boat the best tonnage (moreover - windage) to be moved around in a strange marina in stream and wind
, besides, it is a boat that behaves well in bad weather
. Also, half of my pension goes to my 3 teenager kids
and my freshly divorced wife. I am a single
hander not by my choice, merely my companions do not click with my bad weather sailing manner. Fenders are being punished heavily every other day by stormy winds in the rather open harbour area and I have cut polistirol to fit into my hatches and portholes (inside of course) - I might apply for patent in this because it works wonders. In case weather stays as bad as it is and my repairs
are slow I am considering staying put for the winter season...
Sorry for my introduction
having expanded into so much trivial detail.
The question is - has anybody celebrated Xmas aboard a small boat on a North Sea island ?