Sunday, 17 July 2011

Happy Days

Celebrating 90 years
Four Generations
Ley's father, Ray Worrall, celebrated his 90th birthday on June 21, just a week after the Gemini duo (AKA Neil and Ley) celebrated their joint birthdays.

Ninety years is a sensational achievement and we had a very pleasant Sunday lunch at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown.  With four generations present Dad quietly blew out his candles and smiled.

Neil's parents also joined in the celebrations - we both feel blessed that we could all celebrate his amazing journey.

Servicing the Whale pump
Pumps R Us

We think our Whale Titan manual bilge pump is around 20+ years old on Crystal Blues.  Luckily we have only had to use it once in earnest,  when our gear box oil cooler developed a serious leak.  Just recently the pump developed a small squirt when being used so we replaced the neoprene casing.  Getting 20 years out of a product that is only guaranteed 1 year is amazing - thank you Whale.

Over the past year we have replaced three pumps -  our 12 volt Jabsco fresh water supply, a Jabsco macerator and a 240volt magnetic drive for our refrigeration system.  The Jabsco salt water deck wash pump also needed a switch replaced, luckily we had a spare in the cupboard.

Our friend Kris on SVTaipan suggested we add up how many pumps we have on Crystal Blues, 16 at least, we think, all moving fluids here and there.  No wonder we have a whole cupboard dedicated to pumps and their spare parts!

Space Matrix Sail Away

Last Saturday we celebrated a visit to Singapore by our good friend Prasanna from Space Matrix's Bangalore office.  As Prasanna and Praveen arrived at One15 Marina, they noticed a famous Bollywood movie star, Sameera Reddy, in the club lobby.  They even managed to get their photo taken with Sameera!

Ley cooked up a multi cultural feast, catering for vegetarian, no pork and no beef diets! Dinghy rides, floating lessons and lots of fun filled our afternoon in the Singapore sun.

Space Matrix Sail Away



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