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Sailor Alex testing life aboard S/V Galloping


Testing Life Aboard

The reason we had no heat or lights is simply because we did not know how to turn on the power. Duh! We finally figured it out, got a little heater a bunch of food and drinks. I fixed the propane gas system easily, and we turned Galopin into our tiny home. It was awesome! We did a few projects, and had some help changing the batteries. The old ones were dangerously dead. “Could explode!” said David the local mechanic.

And then I came back a day later alone. I’d forgotten to turn the main power switch off. I shut all the through-hull valves, the circuit board and unplugged from shore power. Just forgot one thing, so I had to come down again. I was back Saturday just before noon to be testing life aboard again. The batteries were full, I had heat and list of more projects to take on, as well as discussing the estimate to fix the water heater and get a full engine lube job.

I also had to find the emergency rudder and fix a vent in the cockpit so that my brother could get the boat registered Swiss. These were part of the equipment requirements.

Port Leucate beach when testing life aboard

Port Leucate Pier from the beach on a very windy January day

Then on a really windy Sunday afternoon, I decided to go and try to get a few photographs. I wasn’t expecting much as the weather seemed nasty, but I was soon swept away by the Ghost-Town like beauty of my new environment. The pictures are beautifully solemn and tortured. The Winded Voyage gets literally winded. Take a look at this portfolio to understand.

By |2018-09-15T11:42:53+00:00February 1st, 2016|Photos|4 Comments

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  1. Dan Culpepper April 26, 2016 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Hey Alex,
    I am thoroughly enjoying your blog posts and especially the videos. You have a wonderful way with humor, music and great visuals of explaining your story. Thank you for taking us along on your journey. Being a musician in NYC, I love your take on the business of the arts. I sailed my boat across the Atlantic to Europe last summer and she is currently in Italy. I will return to her in July and cruise for a number of weeks before needing to get back to work in September.
    I wish you fair winds and continued adventures aboard,
    Regards, Dan

    • Sailor Alex April 26, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Hi Dan, thanks for the kind words. It’s very cool to have a NYC musician take interest in my story. I used to live there in the eighties. Worked in the ad biz with George Lois. My son is a musician and I’ve been working on a documentary with Nile Rodgers for a few years (it’s in limbo right now, and another story). Incredible that you sailed from across the Atlantic to Europe. When you’re back, give me a shout. I’m hoping to sail around Italy, Corsica, Sardenia, Sicily etc. Cheers, Alex.

  2. Dennis Rivera September 19, 2018 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Hello Alex

    I really enjoy your video’s. Alex. The latten flare make me what to jump and start dancing :-). I wish I was there with you enjoying life. Maybe some year. we could hook up and you could show me around your end of the world. Alex, can you please send me a contact email. I work with children fighting cancer. I have a request to ask you but I don’t want to post it on a blog. Don’t worry it’s not money, lol. Thanks

    • Sailor Alex September 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Dennis. Thanks for your kind comment. I have worked with kids cancer when I was in the ad biz. We created a beautiful film for the Jimmy Fund in Boston. You can find it on YouTube, Jimmy Fund Ironworkers.

      Here’s my address: alex@windedvoyage.com

      Best! Alex.

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