Sailin’ on the Edge

Video trailers for our little round the world sailing adventure…

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Sailing to Cape Horn on board HIR 3 – video…

…and a very short trailer…

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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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.

Sound of Music

Kigonki Tank Drum handmade specially for HIR3 by Mladen…

‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.’

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My friend Mladen made a Kigonki Tank Drum for HIR3. It is a great instrument that can be played by anyone, even me! It will be good for the morale of the crew a great toy for everyone on the boat;)

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Kigonki Tank Drums come in pentatonic scales. The word “pentatonic” comes from the Greek word pent meaning five and tonic meaning tone. It is a musical scale that consists of five notes within one octave. Because of their arrangement, pentatonic scales are often used to introduce beginners to music. There are no wrong notes. You can play any note in any order and the drum will sound great!

Kigonki Tank Drum has been used with much success by licensed music therapists and their patients in many different ways. With no wrong notes to play and a soothing vibrational tone it is easy to interact with and enjoy. Smooth sides and a compact size make it easy to transport. Using mallets or hands one can work on motor skills, memory, communication and mood alteration.

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions have been designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, promote physical rehabilitation…

Mladen can make a Kigonki like Tank Drum for you too… just drop him a line: vjetarvoda@gmail.com

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Murphy was a sailor!

Edward A. Murphy must have been a sailor… Only a person who owns a boat could have come up with that. Who else could have written these laws!? :)…

 

Edward A. Murphy must have been a sailor…

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Edward Aloysius Murphy Jr. (January 11, 1918 – July 17, 1990) was an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems.  If anything can go wrong, it will.

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Only a person who owns a boat could have come up with that. Who else could have written these laws!? :)…

  • If anything can go wrong, it will.
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
  • If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
  • Smile . . . tomorrow will be worse.
  • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  • Everything takes longer than you think.
  • Every solution breeds new problems.
  • A falling object will always land where it can do the most damage.

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Only a boat owner can truly relate to his laws… because unfortunately, they are all true! Now, after more than two years of working on a refit of HIR 3, I can really relate to all of them… but all it takes is sailing in a favorable breeze on a sunny day and it’s all worth it!

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