Monthly Archives: September 2009

Season 1 – it’s all over – 10764nm

but only for a few weeks.
we arrived safely back in palma on wednesday night for a short rest bite – well for the rest of the crew anyway.  I have 5 weeks of flat out preparations to get the boat up to speed for a transatlantic crossing in november and maybe, a real maybe, onto Panama and through the canal to the pacific.
the journey of a lifetime is about to unfold. Tahiti, Galapagos, new zealand maybe even australia if we decide to slum it.
the new surfboard is taking shape – i will be collecting that from Davey on october 22nd, a blissful weekend in blighty awaits me.  Mother will be 70 years old so i am expectign a swinging party that weekend.
Palma is better than i expected it would be.  i wasnt due back here for a good year or more but it has revived my passion a little.  I even rented a scooter for the 6 weeks we are here – a massive 460€ for the period, musn’t grumble at that.
The engineer in portugal who is designing my new house promised the plans a week ago but they are yet to materialise – i feel another email coming on shortly.
Was surprised and surprisingly a little disheartened to learn that fat pat got married – if there ever was a case of ‘the one that got away’ she was it – and of course it was all completely my fault.  Maybe i am just getting old………… i worry too much.
so a few weeks of hard graft await me, and then a long weekend in england. before a few more weeks hard graft and then set sail into the setting sun for a year i would guess.
thats all for now – i will write soon with more inspiration
Paddy Whitelaw – please get in touch +34 697 390 527

season finale

I always love a good long board movie.
we just sat and had a quick burst of ‘singlefin yellow’ while eating dinner.  it always reminds me what life is all about.  the chilled and relaxed beach style.
Shame i am away working at the moment but every cloud has a silver lining as they say.  Watching the movie reminded me about Davey the ding man down in Kernow.  I have ordered a new board with him, to be ready in october. 9’2” 1960’s retro style, in powder blue and a full deck paint with gloss finish and the number 40 in cream just above head height to the left of the stringer – it is going to be orgasmic.
I appreciate fully how lucky i am in life to be able to have all of my boards custom built.  the up side of this is when Davey signs the underneath of them for me, with those immortal words ‘ for wayne ‘  – it just makes life a hell of a lot better – i can’t really explain it, but it does.
This will be my third Groovy surf board now, each one custom built for me.  8`6“ , 10’2” and now , added to the stable, a 9’2” charger.  Gunn like in dimensions, with a little less float than the big purple.
As we still havent decided where we will be next year, i will be bringing the new board along with me just in case.  there is talk of another caribbean trip, then through Panama and into the open Pacific.  Tahiti and the Galapagus have been mentioned a lot, as have the Maldives and Seychelles.
Any road up, it looks like we will be in warm water with excellent diving and great potential for surfing.  Best is, that as the boss will still be in the UK, he will have a long way to travel to get to the boat and i am sure this will limit his usage a lot.
Last time the boat went to the pacific, the boss never showed up for 18 months.
So here i sit – off the coast of italy waiting to finish the season and head back to palma for a quick yard period.  The end of the year is fast approaching – all i need now is for the house engineer in portugal to finish the project for me and we will definately be cooking with gas.

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