OK, so I sort of disappeared. This blog is called Sailing Flamenco and the sailing part sort of disappeared when I sold Saeta. I stayed busy with flamenco of course and that has gone very well until finally I actually began losing interest in chasing more flamenco. I was totally satisfied with what we created here in Rota. I didn't have much interest in writing about my performances because they were all about the same. I had a lot of fun and was received by Spanish audiences in a way that I never thought could be possible. But writing about the shows wasn't very interesting.
Actually, the high point of my life is my relationship with Ada - which has continued to be a total delight. We are living a dream. I never imagined this level of happiness. We are approaching 5 years together now and every day is a new delight.
Lacking a boat, I distracted myself with motorcycles and that was fun enough. But boats have been a part of my life for almost 50 years, so being without one was unusual. So I was riding the motorcycle one day and made a swing through the marina. I just happened to see a boat that was a miniature version of Saeta - a modern and attractive pilot house sailboat. I stopped the moto and took a closer look. It was a really appealing boat and on the side was the legend Eclipse 33. After I got home, I googled Eclipse 33 and it turns out that it was built by Moody, a very reputable English builder. In fact, there were 254 of that model built between 1989 and 1994. Without realizing that I was entering dangerous waters, I began to check YachtWorld, an international website with boats for sale. There were always 4 or 5 Eclipse 33s on the market and so I studied the listings. I really liked the interior. It is a brilliant design and gets a lot of boat into just 33 feet. This was a size that appealed to me because it was small enough for 2 people (older people) to muscle around. There was a video that came out that I must have watched 50 times that showed the boat clearly. It shows clearly how bright and cheery the interior is with 360 degree visibility - not a dark cave like so many sailboats. Here it is:
Since the boat got here, every day has a project or two of restoration - making the boat pretty and making everything work the way I want. We went into the shipyard and for the first time in my life, I had the luxury of telling them to do the work. Before, I always had to do things myself to keep the cost within my budget. I envied the rich guys who just turned the boatyard loose on the boat. This year, I was one of the rich guys. I'm not rich, but life here is so much less expensive that I can afford this kind of thing. So here is the boat in her slip after getting polished, new stripes, and a new name: