With the first part of our Ionian dream firmly knocked on the head, we can only hope that by the end of August travel restrictions have been relaxed and we can yet salvage some sunshine sailing in 2020. Our 'normal' itinerary is leave the UK by the first May Bank holiday and after an overnight Newcastle/IJmuiden crossing it's a motor down through Holland, Germany, Switzerland, back onto another overnight ferry at Ancona Italy, destination Igoumenitsa mainland Greece, then it's a short drive down to Nidri on the island of Lefkas. Being 'absent' from Tyneside in previous years at Bank Holidays time I had forgotten how dirty some of the human race can be. The picturesque King Edwards Bay beach where I enjoy a morning swim all winter and some of the summer does, sadly, end up like a rubbish tip at times. How can people be so thoughtless? Beer cans, wine bottles, discarded nappies, loads of 'used once' plastic children's pails, shovels and sand moulds. Save the planet, you must be joking, these day trippers must think that the road sweeper comes down and cleans up after them!
Now that's off my chest, it has been brought to my attention by my boss that more and more boatie folks are asking for, and expecting him to sell them, environmentally friendly, biodegradable cleaning and polishing products, such as Starbrite Sea Safe Boat Wash. It ticks all the boxes... Environmentally friendly, biodegradable and it does work!
If pressure washing your boat’s bottom doesn't get rid of all the deposits etc, Starbrite Boat Bottom Cleaner will! Used by yours truly to effectively remove six months of underwater growth from our Mystery (we deliberately didn't apply antifouling when we first launched her as we didn't know how she would float in the water being 'home built'). It's water based, environment friendly and of course biodegradable. Safer to use than other acid based bottom cleaners.
Power Pine Wash & Wax is another 'planet friendly' product from Starbrite. It works in both fresh and salt water; use it to clean, shine and protect all fiberglass, painted surfaces, glass, plastics and metals. As for the bilges, Starbrite Sea Safe Bilge Cleaner is Eco-Friendly it dissolves oil, grease, fuel and sludge, leaves 'under the boards' smelling clean and fresh. It's lake safe and contains no phosphates!
The image of the rubbish sitting on the steps is of the ‘debris’ I collected the other day before my swim. The below image is of the rubbish which was left on the beach and cleared away early doors this morning by three concerned locals! I turned up 6-30 to find instead of carnage an immaculate beach, well done guys. As for my dirty thoughts they are not repeatable.