Friday, 25 July 2014

Gabrielle comes back to Discovery Bay

What a decent mooring!  Would hold a Super-tanker, that...
Gabrielle in Nim Shue Wan bay, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Yesterday, we towed Gabrielle back to her permanent mooring in Discovery Bay. We'd taken her over the wall last year, and then it's been a while getting all the bits and pieces ready for her to be brought to her permanent mooring, back here in Discovery Bay.
David (new owner) joined us on the delivery.
Thanks to Jonno for organising the Sea Ray 24' (in turn thanks to owner Andrew), for us to tow her back from Royal Hong Kong to DB, about 12 miles.  It was a pretty rough crossing, though the photos don't really show it.  Winds from S at force 6, and choppy, confused wave patterns, a hangover of typhoon Matmo.
Still, she handled it well, and bounced along, throwing the seas and waves out of her way....
Here's some photos:
Jonno aboard Suzie M, kindly loaned to us by Andrew
Just for the record: Before launching, I had painted the yellow strip on the rudder
at the Design Water Line (DWL).  It sits right on the water line...
more luck than good management, I suspect, but pleasing nonetheless...

At the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Noel dodging the rain

Snugging up to the tow-boat
Ooops-a-daisy, Noel hops onto Suzie M, Jonno and David in background

Rough crossing...
... so rough that a fish got bounced into the boat...

ICC building (118-storey) at the left, lost in the clouds...

One of the reasons we couldn't sail over: crossing a major shipping lane

Gabrielle-builder Forse and new owner David

Nice cover!  Noel has just clipped it on

Ahhh. peace at last.  Gabrielle lies nicely at her mooring

Later (10 September 2014): She's been sitting at the mooring now for nearly two months through all sorts of thunderstorms, and major rain bursts, and hardly takes any rain-water at all.  A tribute to Janice ("the boat-covers lady") and her skills at tight-fitting Sunsail fabric.

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