SickSea

No, not the other way around. Because:

I was decidedly unwell this morning, and although I was (sort of) back on track by lunchtime, it’s left me feeling lifeless, flat and feeling altogether bleugh. An early night is called for.

I’d better be completely better by tomorrow morning, because we’re going on a yacht. To be exact, apparently, we’re going on a Schooner.

a sailing ship with two or more masts, typically with the foremast smaller than the mainmast

I don’t know how many masts our schooner has, but I do know that it’s at least two, and I will let you know as soon as we do.

Just to be clear, I haven’t cleared any of this with the 6000 miles… yachting correspondent, and I’ wondering if perhaps I should have done. But we’re not planning on Schooning far: just a quick and pleasurable pootle around Table Bay and then back for lunch.

Will there be photos? Really?
Does the Pope shit in the woods?

Blake – Cars

The 6000 miles… Yachting Correspondent recently told me that my taste in music is “weird”.

You’re gonna love this one, mate.
(Spoiler: I doubt it).

And I fully recognise that this new one from James Blake won’t be to everyone’s taste, but put it through a decent set of speakers on some hazy, booze-soaked late night and it will hit the spot.

Promise.

But can we please agree that this video is spectacular, and even perhaps that James’ thoughts on Eisenbahnscheinbewegung* are also worth a mention:

If the car beside you moves ahead
As much as it feels as though you’re dead
You’re not going backwards.

I think this basically means “never give up”.

 

* The false sensation of movement felt when looking out of the window of a stationary (no pun intended) train and seeing another train departing.

Volvo Ocean Race names Cape Town as first stop

The Volvo Ocean Race has named Cape Town as the first port-of-call for the 2014/15 event. The competing teams will leave Alicante in Spain on October 11th 2014 and are expected to arrive in Cape Town around the end of the month. There will then be an in-port race in Table Bay on Novmber 15th before they head off to Abu Dhabi on November 19th.

This comes after a first stop in Recife was abandoned when a team local to the port withdrew from the race.

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Cape Town has been on the route for 10 of the 12 VORs and it’s a big money spinner for the city:

Councillor Grant Pascoe, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events & Marketing, said he was delighted the City of Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront would host the event once more.

“Not only does this race offer worldwide marketing exposure for Cape Town and raise the City and V & A Waterfront’s profile as a top leisure and events destination, it also provides a valuable boost for the many local industries through visitor and organiser spend”

The total race distance is now just under 73,000km and will finish on June 27th 2015 in Gothenburg, over seven months after it started.