Tainui is put to bed

In rain and fresh winds I managed to back the old girl into the Travelift pen. To my surprise, given her wilful and difficult behaviour when being driven in reverse. I was lucky to have the able assistance of two fellow topers – John and Elizabeth Briggs (Canadian yacht “Pegasus”), who earned a well-deserved lunch for their heroic efforts.

Now Tainui sits high and dry, ready for 3 months of much needed rest from her obstreperous and badly ground-down skipper. She is all bundled up and now stands on the hard at La Linea in Spain, just across the border from Gibraltar.

I’m off to another world, and quite looking forward to a rest.



5 thoughts on “Tainui is put to bed

  1. Peter Hamilton
    December 25, 2014 at 22:09

    Hi John,

    Have just come across your site and its an incredible record and very inspirational. Thanks I guess !

    We brought a ‘cheap’ Hans Christian 37′ designed by Al Mason and built in 1979, Shoshin is an inboard cutter with a raked transom and tiller and is one of only 4 as I understand it, she sails quiet well…we think, we are very new to this caper. She was parked up in Greece and needed a bit of work…I just didn’t realise how much work, or what happens when you start working a vessel of this era..can of worms…haha. Anyway, a few years down the track and much hands on work, mistakes, tears, blood and more money then I care to add up, and we are almost ready to sail home via the route you are about to undertake.

    However we will spend a little time seeing what Turkey has to offer (and learn as much handling skills as we can) after spending the last few years refitting and learning a little sailing on the west cost of Greece where we purchased Shosin before following your route. So really looking forward to reading your future entries and exploring more of your past logs and adventures.

    All the best for 2015.

    1. January 18, 2015 at 01:13

      Sorry for my delay with this reply, Peter. You’ve got a fine strong boat there and I hope she gives you much pleasure. My only thought is that the Med might not provide enough wind. That was Tainui’s problem and I must say, it is good to be back in the Atlantic. Good sailing, mate!

  2. November 6, 2014 at 17:18

    Nice to hear of the friendly reception you have been given when travelling through the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and the canals of Russia. Those lock picture are wonderful.

  3. Veljko Roskar
    October 28, 2014 at 01:36


    How do you find and select crew for passages?

    What are your plans after Gibraltar?

    1. November 27, 2014 at 16:10

      Veljko, I don’t know the answer to this question. Crew just happen. Family and friends seem to put their hands up regularly, thank heavens. My single attempt at internet crew dating found me Maxine – that was a great success, but I doubt I could be as lucky were I to try it again.

      We’re putting Tainui back into the water at the beginning of January, heading south to the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands, then across to Brazil.

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