Diary Blog, 5 April 2023, with a reminiscence about a Soviet ocean-going yacht, and some thoughts arising

Morning music

[Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly]

On this day a year ago

Memories of long-ago triggered

I happened to see the 2008 article below:

In 1989, when the Soviet crew of the Whitbread Round-the-World Race contender, Fazisi, were in the yachting hub of Hamble (Hampshire), I was also there for a couple of days. I was, with my then girlfriend, an Anglo-Russian (the Russian part being from pre-revolutionary White Russian origins), visiting my parents, who lived in Hamble at that time. In fact, they lived in a small private road, Crowsport, built upon in the 1920s, and only a stone’s throw from the marina where the Soviet yacht was being made ready. You could see the tops of the masts of the yachts in the marina from their house.

Having heard about the Soviet yacht (this was about 2 years before the official end of the Soviet Union in 1991), we decided to walk down to see the yacht and maybe say hello to its crew.

The yacht was there, crew aboard, and we started talking to one of the sailors, a handsome blond giant who was very taken with my girlfriend and, in a polite way, said at the end that we (it sounded more like she —not sure that I was included!) would be welcome to visit any time (she didn’t, though).

The crew spoke Russian language only, apparently.

I remember that the blond sailor said that he was from “Novgorod by Moscow“, more or less a suburb, to distinguish it from the large and historic town halfway between Moscow and the then Leningrad.

We were briefly introduced to the captain, who was carrying a rope, and who seemed stressed. He was going ashore, presumably to the marina office or repair sheds. He nodded to us, maybe shook hands (I do not recall), and trudged away.

The article above, written in 2008, mentions “tragedy” during the race, but does not mention the fact that the captain of the Fazisi committed suicide on the journey round the world, hanging himself in a wood in Uruguay: see https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-10-13-sp-245-story.html.

In the end, the Fazisi, which had been delivered to Heathrow in one main piece (minus masts) in an Aeroflot cargo plane, the largest in the world, then on a road transporter, did not win the ocean race but still put in a creditable performance, including a one-day run of 386 miles which may have been a world record for a monohull.

That was a more hopeful time for Russia and the world. Sovietism had collapsed in all but name, all the chatter was about Russia becoming partner to the West, rather than enemy, and no-one was thinking about nuclear war any more.

This was before the horde of Western carpetbaggers hit Russia in the 1990s, and before the pack of Jew “oligarchs” got their claws into Russia’s money and natural resources during the Yeltsin years.

It was also before it became publicly known, in the 1990s, that the USA had a “secret” game plan to keep Russia down, and the USA as “world’s only superpower”.

Another, and even less-likely, scenario in 1989 was that Ukraine would break away from Russia, and then much later be at war with it. The captain of the Fazisi was himself of Ukrainian origin, judging by his name (Gryshenko).

It all seems a long time ago now.

Tweets seen

From the newspapers


Australian aboriginals are very odd. I don’t know why so many people (in the msm, that is…) lionize them.


For once, I can agree with at least some of what Owen Jones has written. Not his pro-“diversity”, pro-immigration stuff, though. Those and other factors have to be included in the reasons why western societies are decaying, declining, and not unlikely to collapse.

See also my assessment of Owen Jones from a few years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/04/a-brief-word-about-owen-jones/.


More tweets

Musicians” seems to be the self-designation of Wagner Group contract soldiers, as I noted recently on the blog. Presumably a reference to Richard Wagner.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagner_Group#Origins_and_leadership; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Utkin.

How shallow. Immigration is a key factor in dragging down wages, and overwhelming the NHS and other services. It is not a discrete or a side issue unconnected to the others.

You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all of the time“… [Abraham Lincoln].

As a voter, you can vote for the misnamed “Conservative” Party, which at times has talked a semi-good game on immigration but done little or nothing to fulfil the big talk talked, or you can vote equally-misnamed “Labour”, which does not even bother to pretend that it would slow (let alone stop, or reverse) mass immigration, but weasels about “managing” it better, meaning automatically allowing most applicants for asylum or visas of various kinds to enter the UK.

They call it “democracy”…

More tweets seen

Not a completely bad point, in my view…

More from the newspapers


A very shocking case, and unusual in the ethnic background of the defendants. Still, it would not be right to turn a blind eye just because most of the defendants appear to have been white.

Not quite the usual fact matrix as in the Asian/Pakistani cases, in fact. As bad, though.

Late tweets

I agree with the young woman. 100%.

North Americans always seem surprised when, in their own phrase, “what goes around comes around“…

Late music

[Hotel Lutetia, Boulevard Raspail, Paris VI-e arrondissement, 1940s]

10 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 5 April 2023, with a reminiscence about a Soviet ocean-going yacht, and some thoughts arising”

  1. I am very glad to hear that the little Australian girl kidnapped by that sick weirdo was found alive and, apparently, wasn’t raped. These monsters think with what they have between their legs. Another proof that you cannot mix races with impunity. When Australia was still a fairly healthy society (i.e.: until that bastard called Gough Withlam came to power) aboriginals were kept in their place and most Australians despise them.


    1. Claudius:
      Very good.

      Canada seems to be leader of the pack when it comes to crazily-dystopian dictatorship.

      As for the largest teaching union in the UK, it has always lived up to its acronym (“NUT”).

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  2. I saw the pictures of those white monsters of Birmingham who raped so many children. They deserve a most awful death. You know me (and I think we agree on this) everyone who harms a child or a defenceless animal out of sadistic pleasure should be put to death and in a very painful manner.


  3. I have just read the details about the horrible murder of Vladlen Tatarsky. I hope the Russians retaliate; there are dozens of potential targets (i,e.: lots of bloggers who celebrate the deaths of Russian soldiers and civilians while glorifying Zelensky)


    1. Claudius:

      I am waiting to see what happens now that the woman involved has been captured.

      The most important thing is for Russia to prevail *on the battlefield*. That is the main thing.


  4. I have a joke for you; I was told this one by an Englishman in Australia.

    Tired of being unemployed two Irishmen decided to join the Police. They went to the local station, filled some forms and then they were asked some questions to assess their intelligence. One of them is rejected, the other is led into a room where a sergeant shows him the photo of a suspect (the picture shows his profile) and asks him: “What can you tell me about this man”, the Irishman replies “The man wears contact lens”, the sergeant is flabbergasted “That is incredible! How did you notice that?”, “Well, is obvious; he cannot wear glasses having only one ear”


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