Optimist is still in Fiji.
And I am as well, but on a different boat.
Catamaran Chi, an Austrian boat, more on:
we are waiting for a weather window to sail to New Zealand, more will follow on my blog…
Last summer I traveled Bolivia and Peru with my dad, if you’re interested check out:
I started my new blog, please check it out and let me know what you think….
It’s a work in progress
Danke für die zahlreiche Anteilnahme an unserer Trennung und den dazu gehörigen schwierigen Umständen.
Ich möchte hier ein paar der häufigsten Fragen beantworten:
Nein, ich habe das Schiff nicht freiwillig verlassen
Ja, Hannes hat in Wien eine neue Freundin gefunden während ich in Fiji am Schiff gebastelt habe
Nein, ich weiß nicht wie es bei ihm weiter geht, ob und wann seine neue ‘crew’ kommt
Nein, ich weiß nicht ob er den blog weiter führen wird
Und Nein, ich weiß schon gar nicht wie es bei mir weiter gehen wird
Der Lebensplan war für die nächsten Jahre auf Segeln und ein Leben mit Hannes auf Optimist ausgerichtet, jetzt muß ich mich komplett neu orientieren und mir einen neuen Lebensinhalt suchen.
Es ging einfach zu schnell um mich irgendwie darauf vorzubereiten.
Sicher ist, das ich nicht mit Reisen aufhören werde.
Wie und wohin und wann ist natürlich noch ungewiss.
Ich bin seit einer Woche in Wien. Der Abschied war sehr schmerzhaft und traurig.
Ich habe ja nicht nur meinen Mann sondern auch mein lieb gewonnenes zu Hause verloren.
Die schnelle Abreise wurde durch eine hervorragende direkte Betreuung von Seiten der Airline vereinfacht.
Mein Dank geht speziell an Frau Sigrid Stich von Korean Air Ticketing in Wien, die sich um mich, den Flug, mein Gepäck und eine schnelle Abwicklung der Buchung gekümmert hat, Danke!
Kontaktdetails bei Interesse an einer direkten und sehr einfachen Buchung bei Korean Air bitte bei mir per e-mail erfragen.
Auch sonstige Fragen, Jobangebote (ja, jetzt bin ich als crew zu haben) und sonstiges bitte per e-mail (cxtine500 at yahoo dot com).
Thanks for all the sympathy for our separation and the difficult circumstances belonging to it.
I want to answer a few of the many questions:
No, I didn’t leave the boat voluntarily
Yes, Hannes found a new girlfriend in Vienna while I was working on the boat in Fiji
No, I don’t know what he will do next, and if and when his new ‘crew’ will join him
No, I don’t know if he will continue this blog
And No, I don’t know what I will do in the future
The plan for the next years was to sail and live with Hannes on Optimist.
Now I have to orientate myself new and find something different.
The only sure thing is that I won’t stop traveling.
I’m in Vienna since one week.
The farewell was painful and very sad.
I not only lost my man but also my home.
The distance doesn’t help much till now.
My fast departure was made much easier with help from the airline.
I want to specifically thank Mrs. Sigrid Stich from Korean Air ticketing in Vienna.
She made sure that my luggage and myself made it home fast. Thank you!
If anyone is interested with direct and easy booking with Korean Air please contact me via e-mail for contact details.
More questions or job offers (yes, I’m available as crew now) via e-mail please (cxtine500 at yahoo dot com).
Well, it’s time to say good bye to my dream of sailing and living with Hannes on Optimist.
As it happens quite often on boats we have unsolvable relationship issues.
Hannes decided it’s better to continue without me and I am heading back to Vienna.
I didn’t see it coming so I’m devastated and sad but will not stop traveling! Just different, backpacking as before, without having to worry about the boat.
6 years just flew past on Pukuri and Optimist and it’s really hard to leave…
Nach 6 Jahren segeln auf Pukuri und Optimist, die wie im Flug vergangen sind, muß ich mich leider von meinem Traum von einem Leben mit Hannes auf einem Schiff verabschieden.
Wie oft auf Schiffen leidet die Beziehung und Hannes hat entschieden lieber ohne mich weiter zu segeln.
Für mich kam das sehr überraschend und es ist schmerzhaft alles zurückzulassen.
Aber ich werde sicher nicht mit reisen aufhören, jetzt halt wieder mit Rucksack und ohne Sorge um’s Schiff. Zuerst einmal ein Sommer in Wien!
just a few Savusavu impressions, some of our pets and our favourite food. New Fiji fashion!
We fear that we killed the baby because it tried to hide under a line and got pulled onto a cleat.
The crabs are also always in danger, coming home after dark is tricky, sometimes it crunches under our bare feet!
Our latest upgrade of the boat was to get rid of one of our two holding tanks, take out the corroded through hull and make a new one for the toilet.
Not so easy, first we had to cut all the stinky hoses, get the pump off, and remove just everything before we got the huge plastic tank out.
Then disassemble the toilet pump. Yes, this is just great, shit from decades!
Then we had to make a new hole for a new through hull, that worked well as it’s above waterline now. To get one under the waterline we need to get the boat out of the water for more than a few hours.
This can wait.
The whole thing was important as the old through hull was corroded. While beaching Hannes tried to move it and it burst into pieces. Well, good thing we did that now, could have been quite a disaster while sailing. One can sink a boat with those things!
They took the wrong material while building the boat.
So now there’s only one hole on this side of the boat for the toilet water intake.
Now everything’s fine, the hose is much shorter, the toilet got new membranes and o rings. And no more thinking about pumping the tank empty anymore, YES!!!!
As we didn’t leave our mooring in Savusavu for a while there was plenty of space available for wasps and bees to build nests.
Mud dauber wasps prefer building on the main sail inside the cover, I felt really sorry for them as they fell off as we put it up for the first time. They build a nest and then put spiders in as food for the babies, very interesting!
Some of the larvae dried out, no idea why. But some were still growing, Hannes didn’t let me keep them in a jar so they were food for the fish.
The other busy species we have are small bees, they find every hole there is to plaster mud into and then they also put caterpillars in with their egg. It’s funny to watch them fly with this heavy loads, they hardly make it, and it’s at least 50m over open water. We leave them in peace, after a while we find holes as the new bees came out.
The wasps are also funny fliers, the kind of careen around and bump into things, like us or the satinless steel posts, makes a ping and on they go as nothing happened, with a mudball they are even funnier to watch.
That’s what I found on the internet about our guests, interesting:
The black and yellow mud dauber’s nest comprises a series of cylindrical cells that are plastered over to form a smooth nest that may attain nearly the size of a human fist. After building a cell, the female wasp captures several spiders. The captured prey are stung and paralyzed before being placed in the nest, and then a single egg is deposited on the prey within each cell. The wasp then seals the cell with mud. After finishing a series of cells, she leaves and does not return. Eventually, the hatching larva will eat the prey and emerge from the nest.
The wasp first finds a place to build her nest, usually in a sheltered situation such as beneath a rock overhang. Once she establishes a suitable location, she flies off to a patch of mud and rolls up a ball with her jaws and front legs. She then flies off with this pea-sized load and plasters it to the construction site she chose earlier.
Once she has laid down a layer of mud on the surface of the substrate, she begins fashioning a three-dimensional cell. Each subsequent load of mud makes a “rib” that reaches across half the span of the cell she is building. The arcs from either side meet at the middle, dovetailing nicely with each other and the adjacent ribs on the same side. Once the cell is completed, leaving an opening at one end, she may plaster more mud over the ribs, obliterating the initial artistic appearance of the cell.
A finished cell is then provisioned with paralyzed spiders captured by the wasp. She uses her sting to subdue her prey, but does not kill it. A comatose spider won’t spoil before her larval offspring has a chance to feed on it. Many spiders are harvested and packed into the cell. The wasp usually lays an egg on the first spider to go into the cell. Orb weavers and crab spiders seem to make up the bulk of prey, but the wasps are opportunists and will not hesitate to take other kinds of spiders.
Most female mud daubers make more than one cell, the next one placed immediately beside the previous one. The whole series of cells may then be covered in mud, making it look like some mischievous teenager hurled a clod onto a wall. Not very pretty, but an effective fortress against parasites.