Wednesday 21 April 2010

Single handed sailing...

What with the approaching sailing season, I have been pondering  about single handed sailing and all things relevant.  Not the type of sailing that Bernard Moitessier, Joshua Slocum, Blondie Hasler or more recentlty Ellen MacArthur achieved. But on a smaller scale.  I  am talking Dinghies here.

I have a Hobie 405, but since my daughter has taken off to Uni, along with a major portion of the monthly disposable income, it looks like I have a deficiency in the crew department, to the tune of one.
Now this lack of crew along with my new deficiency in the working arm department has led me to think about downsizing the whole dinghy fleet.
Granted its not much of a fleet, but needs must...

So if I lose the 2 man dinghy and replace it with a Laser, perhaps I can get some physio out on the waters od Donegal.
So this got me to thinking about how I could handle sailing a laser with only one working arm.
I am sure others have done it before me.  Surely this is not ground breaking territory.
A quick search on "Google for Single Handed Sailing" return 12,100 results. This looks good I thought.
Top of the list is Wikipedia,  (how do they do that) and they inform me that me my search term is in fact reffering to sailing alone.  A completely different affair altogether

What I require is information about sailing with only one working hand.
A modified search on Google for "One Armed Sailing" returns stories about Akio Yonago the one armed Japanese circumnavigator but little in the way of advice for how to sail a laser for example.

So if anyone has any ideas, then let me know.

Tuesday 2 March 2010


Well this is an easy post to make.  I just have to decipher the doctors scribbles.. No big thing, just a wee list really

Broken Ribs       : 10 Off                         Conservative treatment
Broken Forearm :  1 Off                          Plated
Broken Clavicle ::  2 Off                          Conservative treatment
Broken Jaw       :   1 Off                          Plated

Pneumo/Haemo Thorax : 1 Off               Chest Drain

10 inch Head wound                              Stapled

Fractured C5,C6,C7 & T2                     Conservative treatment

C5,C6,C7 & C8 Total Avlusion            No Treatment
                                                           (Resulting in permanent Flail Arm with no touch sensation)

Torn Aeorta                                         Aeortic Stent implanted via groin incision

Swollen to size of Mnt Everest              Conservative treatment

Well thats the list of the major items

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Starting Point

Blog Blog Blog Blog
New Year, New Century, its even a new decade..
Time to move on and get with the program so to speak.
So I am going all social like..
I've got me Facebook account, my Twitter account, my Blogger account and my RSS feeds are feeding away like billy oohh.
God knows when I will get the time to read them all.

(Good job then that I have time aplenty at the moment)

So this is the starting point for my recovery documentation
Where do I begin so to speak.
Well it certainly looks like its Single Handed Sailing for me from now on......

Courtesy of recent liason between my Ducati ST2 and Citroen Picasso its all Single Handed Blogging as well..

Here is a bit of background. 
First here is the bike

Second here is the  car
The time is approx 0800 on Monday 19th Oct 2009

Location is  Glenshane Pass

add the 2 together at the single carriageway speed limit

And that is what now gives me the time to mess about blogging.

I hope you get the idea, its a bit difficult to write about or even to think about at the moment.
So thats it for my first blog.
More to come soon. Disregard the upload dates, I am playing catch up for the time lost due to morphine etc and I have been messing about with the editing features.