Crewing Events in June 2019

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Crewing Events in June 2019

Here are a few of the crewing events in June 2019 that the Lovesail members have posted recently.  For more details of these crewing events in June 2019 or other events just log into your account and click on the crewing section

Sailing to Portugal 8 weeks coast hopping

Aureil is looking for one competent crew member to help on a one way trip to Portugal.

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Sailing Snacks – Rocky Road

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Rocky Road – Sailing Snacks

Of all my favourite sailing snacks the one I will always try and pop into my bag is rocky road.  This is easy to make, either at home or on the boat, and requires no baking just some melting of ingredients on the stove.  Marshmallows may not be a staple of your boat’s store cupboard but they are light (could be used as packing!) and will last pretty much forever, so could easily be added to your provisioning list.  You could also substitute your favourite nuts, for raisins or anything you want to really into this recipe.

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Port Royal – Pirate Paradise

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Port Royal – “the wickedest city on earth”

Sailing into the clear blue waters of Jamaica’s Kingston Harbour, Port Royal comes immediately into view. It’s hard to imagine that this quiet Caribbean village was once regarded as one of the largest cities on earth. In the late seventeenth century its alleyways and taverns rang incessantly with the riotous behaviour of some of the most vicious pirates and notorious privateers of the era.

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Nautical Phrases in Everyday Use

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Nautical Phrases in Everyday Use

There are an inordinate amount of nautical phrases in everyday use.  Here are just a few:

Faffing About

One of my favourite expressions, often used whilst waiting for slow children (now in their 20’s but still slow!) to hurry up and leave the house.  This was a term used to describe the wind when it blew in flaws.  A flaw is an unexpected gust of wind.  It was said to faff about and thus faffing about is used to describe aimless behaviour.

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Crewing Events May 2019

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Crewing Events May 2019

There has been a bit of a flurry of new crewing events and opportunities posted over the last week, so here is a run down of just a few crewing events may 2019 the Lovesail members have added.  For more opportunities then log into your Lovesail account and visit the crewing section:

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Galley Recipe – Red Flannel Hash

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Galley Recipe – Red Flannel Hash

This galley recipe – Red Flannel Hash originates from New England and the name refers to the red and white plaid cloth that is popular in that part of the world.  It was traditionally a breakfast using up the leftovers from the previous evening’s meal and has many variations. The main ingredients are corned beef, potatoes and beetroot, yes beetroot.  An unusual addition I hear you cry, but it works surprising well.  The potatoes and corned beef will be a cheap staple on any provisioning list and because this is a left-overs recipe then you could add anything that needs using up in the galley.  With the added bonus of being quick to make this is one of those one-pot recipes that will be used again and again.

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Sea Quotes

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Sea Quotes – Quotes inspired by the sea

Here are some quotes relating to the sea and sailing.  Be inspired to throw off those bowlines, sail away from that safe harbour and Explore.  Dream.  Discover.

 

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” – An old Norwegian adage.

“The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails” – Joshua Slocum first man to sail single-handed around the world.

“I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits” – Bernard Moitessier, French sailor and author.

“Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down”
– John Masefield, English poet and writer.

“One hand for the ship and one hand for you” – Jim Jensen

“Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together” – Thomas Fleming Day, yacht designer.

“The sea drives truth into a man like salt” – Hilaire Belloc, writer and historian.

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea” – Isak Dinesen, Danish author.

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm” –  Syrus Publilius, latin writer.

“There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him” – Errol Flynn, actor.

“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator” – Edmund Gibbon, English historian and writer.

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds” – Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate.

 

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Crewing Events for May 2019

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Crewing Events for May 2019

Here a just a few of the crewing events that have been posted on the Lovesail crewing section.  To find out more details of these and other events then log into your account and click on the Crewing and Sailing Events section.  If you are not a member of Lovesail then do come and have a look at our friendly sailing community.

Solent Cruising

Keef is looking for crew to sail the Solent.  Weekends, day sails or week day sails are all possible.  Ideal if you want to build miles in the ever busy Solent waters.

Turkey, Greece and Mediterranean

CaptainBigHeart has a new Jeanneau 44DS (nice boats, I used to sail on a 43DS) and is looking for crew to explore the Eastern Med this summer.  His plan is to start Mid April and then keep sailing until September.

Vanuatu, Australia/Solomon Islands, PNG, Indonesia

tdb1227 (catchy username!) is planning to have no plan!  Must be able to participate in all aspect of boat life, night watches, provisioning, cleaning, cooking.  Chatterboxes need not apply.

New Zealand to Fiji

Diver has an Oyster 54 that he and his wife are sailing from New Zealand to Fiji in May.

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When Free Wifi Becomes Expensive

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When Free Wifi Becomes Expensive

There was a time when it was difficult to find free wifi and we struggled to get online whilst out and about.  I remember having to constantly seek out McDonalds whilst touring the US in an RV just so that I could download maps.  Now you can’t go 10 yards without your phone searching for the next available public network.   But how safe is public/free wifi?

Well ask any techie and there will be lots of teeth sucking and shaking of heads.  Not so safe, of very low quality it would appear and here’s why.

  1. Encryption – There are many ways the hacker can access your personal data through a free/public wifi network.  Most common is the man-in-the-middle system (MITM).  This is when the hacker, using malware, intercepts information flowing between your computer and the sites you are visiting.  Sensitive data such as passwords and financial information can be gleaned.  Most free or public wifi have poor, if any, data encryption which allows this to take place.
  2. Rogue hotspots – This is when the hacker will make up a false network for you to connect to.  They will use a similar name to the free genuine network you are trying to connect to.  The hacker then uses malware to intercept sensitive information or they can even inject malware into a connecting device.

Even if you are lucky enough to avoid either of the above tricks you then have to contend with the painfully slow speeds that most free/public wifi networks use.  Lets take a coffee shop as our example.  A coffee shop owner is unlikely to pay big money for superfast wifi speeds when he’s only making a few pence/cents on each cup of coffee? They will cheap out, going for a slower, cheaper package.  This also has the added advantage that you are not likely to sit there all day with just your one cup of coffee whilst you download vast amounts of data for free.  This coupled with the number of people in the coffee shop trying to use the free wifi is going to result in a pretty choked up network.

Safety tips

At Lovesail we don’t recommend using free/public wifi networks at all.  We know this can be difficult as some of you will be sailing around remote parts of the world and the rum bar might be your only option. Try and splash out a bit on your data package so that you don’t have to use the free networks.  A few years ago I was finding it difficult to find a data package of more than 5GB, now data is cheap it’s very easy to find packages with 20-30GB of data, more than you will ever need.  If you do need to use a free/public network then follow these tips to reduce the chances of cyber attack.

  1. Ensure all the website you visit have SSL certification.  This means they encrypt data.  These websites can be identified by https:// at the beginning of the url along with a padlock icon.
  2. Do not make online purchases when using a free/public wifi network.
  3. Avoid logging into password protected sites especially banks and financial institutions.
  4. Make sure all your software is up-to-date on all devices.
  5. Use a 4G network.  It’s usually has faster speeds anyway, and is considered to be more secure than a free/public wifi network because it does have a level of data encryption.
  6. Use a VPN.  A Virtual Private Network system is a service that will encrypt your data, however, be warned, they do have a reputation of slowing down your internet speed.

I no longer use free or public wifi when I’m out and about.  If I need to log onto any sites I only use 4G, and make sure I have a data package that is big enough for all my needs.  I use my phone as a personal hotspot if I want to work using my laptop.  The 4G network is so good now that I find it is invariably much quicker than any free/public wifi network.

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