Thursday, 18 May 2017


For some time now it has puzzled me why the port side of Juno looks so scruffy.  When we polish the hull there always seems to be more UV damage on one side, and even the deck fittings seem more corroded. When I service the turning blocks the bearings are noticeably worse on one side and it is only now, as I sit with a glass of rum in the cockpit, that all these symptoms have started to add up and I think I have worked it out. 

When I think about all the sea miles we have done over the past five years (over 40,000), I realise that for most of the time we have been sailing west, and mostly near the equator where the UV light is strongest, and for the majority of the time we have been in the northern hemisphere, apart from our route through the South Pacific in 2015.  

When my parents used to travel by passenger ship to the tea plantation in India, rumour had it that the expensive cabins were on the port side of the ship going out and on the starboard side on the way back to the UK.  The reason for this arrangement is that before the days of sub zero air conditioning, the most desirable cabins were those away from the sun. When travelling north of the equator in an easterly direction through Suez to Bombay, the sun was in the south and therefore the port side of the vessel was generally in the shade. Hence the acronym POSH, which according to the urban myth, stands for Port Out Starboard Home.

By the same token, when Juno travels around the world in a westerly direction, driven by the trade winds, the sun rises and sets primarily on the port side of the boat and I am now convinced that this explains the mystery.  Months of hot equatorial sunshine beating down on the port side of the hull has left its mark, and in a curious way i quite like that. Starboard Out Port Home doesn’t produce such a delicious acronym but SOPH might just catch on – so if you want a POSH cabin on Juno just ask Fatty. Aren’t we SOPH?

1 comment:

  1. Hehe! I'll be bunking up with Fatty then...