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Re: Accommodation on the Broads yachts (was:Sailing boats must have names)

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Posted by Peter Ceresole on November 30, 2016 at 11:04:17 user PeterC.

In Reply to: Accommodation on the Broads yachts (was:Sailing boats must have names) posted by Jock on November 28, 2016 at 01:18:25:

The smallest crew member got to choose where to sleep on the floor of the main cabin or in the sail locker (which on the "Hustlers is quite spacious) forward of the mast. The sail locker was the favourite, except when sailing at the end of March/beginning of April when it was terribly cold.

Not strictly relevant, but this reminds me so vividly of my nephew-by-marriage, Nick, who as a young lad crewed as sailmaster in "Merit", in two successive Whitbread races to New Zealand. He had no sense of comfort whatsoever, used to sleep on the floor next to the kitchen in his mother's flat, and on "Merit" slept in the sail locker. He'd monkey up into the rigging with his little hand held sewing machine to repair torn sections... Utterly mad. They did all right in the monohull class. He now has his own business (Europsails, in Geneva) and makes sail sets for others, so the Whitbread connections paid off well. He also brought a wife back from New Zealand, and before that seems to have sampled all the girls on the PacRim (well he was very beautiful, as well as a sailor in a foreign port, and these things count).

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