A practical father’s day gift or just looking for an excuse for our new purchase?

During a recent swap and meet for sailors and cruisers we were certainly not in the mood for new purchases, but sometimes opportunity combined with the right price make you think twice! And this is what happened to us : Under a table we saw a yellow bag; a Para-anchor 18ft long. It was too tempting we had to take a look! As we examined a little closer it was becoming evident that it had never been fully deployed less probable had it been in  water, my guess is that some people just don’t train with their safety equipment on board, oops! We discovered that it came with 600ft of ¾ nylon lines for deployment and the swivel.

A bit of haggling, the good old hand shake and pick time was arranged for the next day! Everything was kept in a garage and had been there for quite some time, so you can just imagine the state and smell… This must be the reason why the line did not make it to the swap and meet! Plus it is rather heavy and voluminous…

Here is the recipe to clean a 600ft line:

Ingredients Washing powder of pure soap flake ( a very gentle soap)

Mix in your bathtub with lukewarm water, turn on the jets ( quite the luxury)

Soak for 20minutes and brush your line consiously feet by feet

Repeat twice and rinse well!


600ft long, and a beautiful sunny day!

The parachute itself was aired for a whole day during this step and the exercise of repacking started!

Not an easy task, but at least now we know what it looks like, and understand very well that we have to practice the manoeuvre!! It took us two attempts, a trip in the hallway, and re-arranging our furniture for a bit. But we are happy with the result all lines are equal tension and shall deploy evenly. Although we know we must train for it, we still hope that we will never ever have to use it!

The sail repair loft, now also chute repack certified.

My present for Father Day all complete.

And this how we kept busy this week in the preparation schedule.

Now where do we take you for our daily Island trip? I am feeling rather generous after having to carry untangled straighten and brush with love this 600ft of rope it will count for 5 islands. So 141st to 146th will be Campbell Island somewhere you would really need one of those on board.

Campbell Island (Motu Ihupuku) is a remote, subantarctic island of New Zealand and the main island of the Campbell Island group. It covers 112.68 square kilometres (43.51 sq mi) of the group’s 113.31 square kilometres (43.75 sq mi), and is surrounded by numerous stacks, rocks and islets like Dent Island, Folly Island (or Folly Islands), Isle de Jeanette Marie, and Jacquemart Island, the latter being the southernmost extremity of New Zealand. The Island is mountainous, rising to over 500 metres (1,640 ft) in the south. A long fjord, Perseverance Harbour, nearly bisects it, opening out to sea on the east coast.

Campbell Island is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list together with the other subantarctic New Zealand islands in the region as follows: 877-005 Campbell Island S52.33 E169.09 11331 Ha 1998

The island holds the distinction of being the most remote location (on a significant piece of land) from London, England.

Campbell Island was discovered in 1810 by Captain Frederick Hasselborough of the sealing
Perseverance, which was owned by shipowner Robert Campbell’s Sydney-based company Campbell & Co. (whence the island’s name). It became a seal hunting base, and the seal population was almost totally eradicated.

On the 4th of November 1810 the island’s discoverer Captain Hasselborough (or “Hasselburgh” or “Hasselburg”; there are several spellings), who had returned from Sydney, was drowned in Perseverance Harbour, together with Elizabeth Farr, a young woman born at Norfolk Island, and a twelve or thirteen year old Sydney boy George Allwright.

The first sealing boom was over by the mid teens of the 19th century. The second was a brief revival in the 1820s. The whaling boom extended here in the 1830s and 40s. In 1874 the island was visited by a French scientific expedition intending to view the Transit of Venus. Much of the island’s topography is named after aspects of, or people connected with, the expedition. In the late 19th century the island became a pastoral lease. Sheep farming was undertaken from 1896 until the lease, with the sheep and a small herd of cattle, was abandoned in 1931 as a casualty of the Great Depression.

In 1907 a group of scientists spent 8 days on the Island group surveying. The 1907 Sub-Antarctic Islands Scientific Expedition conducted a magnetic survey and also took botanical, zoological and geological specimens.

During World War II a coastwatching station was operative at Tucker Cove at the north shore of Perseverance Harbour as part of the Cape Expedition program. After the war the facilities were used as a meteorological station until 1958, when a new one was established at Beeman Cove, just a few hundred metres further east. In April 1992 a group of Meteorological staff (New Zealand) were swimming when one of them was attacked and partly eaten by a Great White Shark. Jacinda Amey, one of the workers, swam back to rescue him while the shark was still in the area. She towed him to the shore where first aid was applied. He was rescued by a helicopter flying from Taupo which was guided by a twin engine plane with Sat Nav, which was and still is the longest ever single engine helicopter rescue in the world. The victim survived and Ms Amey was awarded the NZ Cross – New Zealand’s highest bravery medal for civilians. The station was manned permanently until 1995 when a fully automatic station was established. Today, human presence is limited to periodic visits by research and conservation expeditions.