OCC RoRC report from the Eastern Caribbean

OCC RoRC report from the Eastern Caribbean

Frank Hatfull, s/v Infinity B, takes on new role of Specialist Rear Commodore (Technical) helping members in the Caribbean fix things in exotic places

By Frank Hatfull - 27/01/2020

We started our fifth Caribbean sailing season in mid-November 2019. We flew from the UK to Grenada, leaving behind the horrid British weather and awful politics. We joined Infinity B in the boatyard in Clarke’s Court Bay where she had been carefully looked after in our absence.

My new official role of ‘Specialist Rear Commodore (Technical)’ was confirmed at about the same time as we launched. I have a very mixed background in, among other things, biological research, medical systems, IT and business consultancy, project management, and farming. My hobbies have included decades of house renovations, sailing, motorcycling. As a direct consequence, I
am always taken things apart with scalpels, screwdrivers, spanners and soldering irons just to fix them. What is even stranger, they usually work after I have put them back together.

In the previous seasons, I have helped many fellow OCC members (and non members) fix their boats. Favourite problems include watermakers, charging systems, engines, electronics, those damned windlasses, and even worse, outboards! One season we even had to tow a boat up the coast of Guadeloupe and to help it to anchor.

So in my first report, I thought I would make a few general observations:
• Everything breaks even if it’s new.
• Things break when you least want them to.
• Don’t get depressed, it happens to all of us all of the time.
• If something breaks, buy two because it’s likely to fail again.
• If you are in the Caribbean, call me.

Infinity B - Najad 460 - Atlantic & Caribbean Adventure
Najad 460/22 ---- GBR583R ---- MMSI 235094801 ---- Call Sign 2FWJ4

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