Picture perfect

Check out that unbelievably blue ocean! This is the view from above the Main gaff, so somewhere pretty high up…

Wayne giving the mast a good squeeze....no folks, those are not suspenders, it's a bosun's chair...(I think 😉 )

And here we see how life at sea makes some boys so lonely they have to give everything a hug 😉 …Sorting out the Mast hoops…

Helming Homies

Desmond and Ringo on watch…and contemplating starting a band, (just need a Paul and a John…)

Land on the horizon...

And after a very long six weeks looking at the big blue ocean…

Cold Beers on Deck, at last!

Well done guys, looking forward to the next update…


Published in: on April 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Thanks very much for the excellent pictures and news of Coral SY. Your satellite technology boggles!

    It has sure being very interesting keeping in touch
    during the 6 weeks journey. Surely a wonderful experience, and now a very experienced crew!!

  2. Well done guys! Such a perfect trips.

  3. Excellent pics – especially the one with the crew and the cold beers – now that’s sailing!! 🙂

  4. I am the granddaughter of the helmsman of Coral when she raced in the King’s Cup and Queen’s Cup. I have been tracking the Coral’s journey for the past six months. Did you know that when she was built in 1902 her name was Bamba 111. She was built for a Dr. from Cork, Ireland. I am still tracing her early years when she served as a houseboat in Cowes for approximately 40 years. The resurrection of Coral is truly amazing for our family.

    • Hello! It’s great to hear from you. Her previous owner, Robin, had her shipped over to South Africa from the UK where he spent over twenty years of his life refitting and “resurrecting” her with much tender loving care. The sailing pics you see on this post were of her first “real” trans-atlantic crossing, and she was skippered by the person who had been involved in her restoration for over fifteen years. We were aware she was originally Bamba III, and that she raced the King’s Cup.
      The previous owner and sailors of Coral weren’t really big on fanfare, but we all knew what a special lady she is, and what a privilege it was to sail her. I had the pleasure of being part of her crew – on occasion at the helm, and she is one powerful yacht – even as a schooner – I can’t imagine what it must have been like to helm her as a yawl! We were all very sad when she was sold, it was the end to a great journey for all of us who were involved.
      I can give you Robin’s contact details if you wish to contact him, he knows so much of her previous history and I am sure he would love to chat to you. You can mail me at clickholistic@gmail.com.

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