5 low-budget gifts for a sailor

Sailing equipment is very expensive, but here is a list of Top 5 gifts for a sailor if you are on a budget…

1. Seahorse magazine subscription

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A great gift for a sailor is a subscription to a favorite sailing magazine. Seahorse magazine is ideal for a racing sailor.

2. SailGrib Weather Routing

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The most important question on a boat is always what the weather is going to do, so a subscription for SailGrib weather routing makes a perfect gift…

3. Hei-Matau

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These very stylized hand crafted New Zealand Maori fish hook bone carvings and necklaces represent prosperity, abundance, fertility and strength. Hei-Matau are also seen as good luck charms, particularly for those traveling over water.

4. Rick Tomilson Porfolio Calendar

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Every edition of the highly acclaimed Rick Tomlinson Portfolio Calendar features 12 spectacular images from recent assignments around the world. Action and art has always been the Portfolio Calendar theme.

5. Yeti Rambler Colster

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Sailors love beer and this keeps your hand from getting cold and your beer from getting warm—what could be better:)? Yeti Rambler Colster is basically a thermos for your can of beer that will keep your brew cold for a very long time. You could also just use it as an insulated tumbler and pour whatever you wanted in there, hot or cold.

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Top 10 Sailor’s Drinks

Everything you need in a ship’s bar…

It’s important to drink on board to stay hydrated, but to drink well is good for the morale of the crew;)… so here is my Top 10 list of the best sailor’s drinks…

10. Twinings Tea
Tea (with, or without the rum;) is a great boat drink, it goes well at any time of day and it’s perfect for keeping your hands warm during long and cold night watches…

9. Nescafe Cap Colombie
Coffee is a great way to wake up and it keeps you alert during night watches. Nescafe Cap Colombie is easy to make on the boat and it tastes great with 100% Arabica beans from the finest regions in South America and roast them lightly to achieve a medium bodied coffee taste with a wonderful honey finish…. and if you can install a machine on the galley, you can also enjoy a good Nespresso, like Emirates Team New Zealand:) 

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8. Red Wine
Nearly all scientific researches show the positive medical benefits of red wine consumption… and it is common knowledge that wine tastes better on the boat:)

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7. Grey Goose
Grey Goose was named the best-tasting vodka in the world by the Beverage Testing Institute. As advertised, it goes great ‘on the rocks’ after sailing with oysters in the cockpit…

6. Johhnie Walker Blue Label
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is blended to recreate the character and taste of some of the earliest whisky blends created in the 19th century. If it’s good enough for Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini on a Baglietto Sailing Yacht, it’s certainly good enough for me:)

5. Heineken
Beer is great to drink to have while sailing, to celebrate a safe landfall, or when partying on shore and Heineken is the world’s most international premium beer that sponsors a popular St Maarten Heineken Regatta… 

4. Chivas Regal
Chivas Regal is the flagship Scotch whisky brand with a perfect motto: ‘Live with Chivalry!’ which is encouraging us to live life with honor, loyalty and gallantry. It is stronger than simply an act. It is about staying true to your word and leading by example, standing up for what you believe in no matter what.

3. Captain Morgan
World-famous dark rum named after Captain Henry Morgan, the famous Welsh swashbuckler who became the governor of Jamaica with the best slogan: ‘To Life, Love and Loot’.

2. Beck’s
Beer is always a popular drink on board… and what better brand to have than the one that sponsors a greet tall ship Alexander von Humboldt with green sails!

1. Jameson

Jameson – blended Irish whiskey doesn’t need ice, so it’s not only a perfect ingredient for Irish Coffee, but a great drink for celebrating that perfect moments on board;)

Drink responsibly!

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Keep it simple!

To be successful at sea we must keep things simple.

To be successful at sea we must keep things simple. – R.D. (PETE) CULLER

Shipyards are building bigger and bigger boats and equipment are getting more and more sophisticated and that’s great for comfortable cruising, but everything is becoming really expensive and complicated.

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Although it’s nice to have electric pumps, hydraulic swimming platforms, push-button sail adjustment, electronics and cool gadgets, we must accept the fact that all these systems eventually stop working (usually at the worst possible moment). If you don’t have them on board, they won’t brake and you’ll be able to enjoy sailing, instead of fixing things. Nobody likes gadgets more than me, but I like simplicity on the boat better…. So, my philosophy is: KEEP IT SIMPLE!

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Top 10 Sailing Songs

Sound of Sailing… Top 10!

My list of Top 10 Sailing Songs…

1. Sailing – Rod Stewart

2. Sail Away – David Gray

 

3. Sail Away – The Rasmus

 

4. Sailing – Christopher Cross

5. Van Morrison – Into The Mystic

6. Sail On – The Commodores

7. Sail Away – Deep Purple

8. All At Sea – Jamie Cullum

9. Ship of Fools – Robert Plant

10. Oceans – Coldplay

Sailor’s Tattoos

Nautical tattoos have been reinvented by many artists, in many styles…

Sea is one of the most dangerous and unstable environments for men, and a good metaphor of life. It is not surprising then that sailors were among the first to be tattooed, to ward off fate and express their experiences. Most of the nautical tattoos were originally talismans for good luck. Nautical tattoos were first old-school, but now they have been reinvented by many artists, in many styles.

An anchor is a symbol of safety and stability. It was inked by those who have successfully crossed the Atlantic. If it is teamed with a banner, the name or words on it would give the reason to stay grounded (a family member, lover or philosophy).

A rope tattoo on the wrist was indicative of a deckhand.

Nautical star tattoo is a representative of the North Star which is used for navigation on water. It is meant to guide you back to safety.

A fully rigged ship is supposed to denote that the sailor has sailed around Cape Horn.

Crossed anchors tattoo. When done between the index finger and thumb is supposed to denote a Boatswain mate. On the left hand it meant a sailor who sailed all oceans and on the right hand it indicated a sailor who had been on the Seven seas.

Pin-ups are of course iconic sailor tattoos. With sailor hats or clothes, they symbolize the girl waiting at home. As mermaids, they mean the dangerous beauty of sea (and life).

Rooster and pig tattoo is supposed to denote the surviving of a sailor from a shipwreck.

A swallow tattoo (migratory birds who can always find the way home). Sailors like the symbolism of being always being able to make it to the shore and thereby to home and back to the company of the loved ones. On the other hand, swallows are known to carry the souls of dead people off to heaven.

A dragon tattoo – was used to denote that the sailor had been to China or had served in a China station.

A golden dragon denoted the crossing of the International date line.

1st Offshore Sailing

Poreč – Dubrovnik – Zadar… 500 miles…

The time has come to put HIR3 and ourselves to the first real test. We have finally sailed offshore 300 miles non-stop from Poreč to Dubrovnik and then another 200 miles to Zadar.

20170314_171446I have been working on the HIR for a week on dry berth and then another week in the marina before she was ready to set sail.17862856_10154555644490897_228176098241521304_nMy crew came to Poreč, we went shopping and had a few drinks before going to sleep. We sailed out around 7am with a light breeze and rain, but eventually the rain stopped, the breeze freshened and during the night we had strong bora (about 30 knots). We sailed with double reefed main and jib without any major problems except that it was really cold… We had moderate wind the next day and ideal night sailing afterwards. It took us 58 hours sailing to get to a new marina in Slano. We celebrated with a special Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum;)image2We broke the table in the salon and a few wooden pieces in the interior, but other than that, the boat behaved great and we enjoyed the ride.image44Good boat, good crew, good times:)…

Join us! Set sail on board HIR3 in one of our next adventures… sasa.fegic@gmail.com

18 – 25.5. One-Way Sailing: Poreč – Split

25 – 28.5. Komiška regatta: Split – Komiža – Split

28.5. – 3.6. One-Way Sailing: Split – Zadar

3 – 7.6. One-Way Sailing: Zadar – Rijeka

10.6. Fiumanka: Rijeka

11 – 14.6. One-Way Sailing: Rijeka – Zadar

14 – 18.6. Long Weekend: Zadar – Kornati – Zadar

18 – 21.6. One-Way Sailing: Zadar – Split

21 – 25.6. Long weekend: Split – Vis

25.6. – 2.7. One-Way Sailing: Split – Poreč

Everyone is invited to join me… In case you decide to be part of this fantastic project full of awesome sailing, easy life, good parties, great food and excellent company, you will need to accept some terms and conditions:

1. We kindly ask for a small donation for the project and sailing expenses are shared by the crew,

2. HIR 3 is a great boat, but she is an old lady that has her own will and sometimes we will need to accommodate her so she is happy as we are:)

3. There are maximum of 5 spaces on the boat so in the case of a big request, the choice of crew will be left on the captain (big boobs have the priority;)

4. We will all participate with the duties on board in relation with your capabilities, so if you do not now how to sail, do not worry, there is always some toilet to clean:)

5. It is obligatory for everyone to have a good time!