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Sounds like a good idea, but I don't think I'll be able to make it.Perhaps if things have regularised by later in the summer, we could organise an ECF 'beer and cookies ' jolly to Ostend as some compensation?
I'll try.And maybe there you could explain to us the seeming layers of meaning of the name.
Brilliant, and as far as I can judge, totally correct!Sounds like a good idea, but I don't think I'll be able to make it.
The plan, as it stands at the moment (subject to Corona change) is for the survey to take place 20th April.
Should this go well - fingers crossed - have her Coppercoated in Holland (where she is right now).
And then sail her to Brittany late May, early June.
It's a slang word from my home town of Ghent.
It has it origins in the early 19th century.
When Napoleon returned from Elba, the French monarch Louis XVIII fled Paris and took refuge with his court in Ghent.
Not only did he bring with him his queen, he also brought his concubines.
This word was picked up and became 'koeketiene' in Ghent patois.
A term used to describe 'the significant woman in your life, other than your wife'.
Your bit on the side, if you will.
The world also has another meaning.
In cards, 'koeke' is Ghent slang for diamonds and 'tien' is ten.
So, koeketiene can also mean 'ten of diamonds'.
And, thanks to your post, I have now also learned it's a beer.
That was the one veto I retained when the kids were naming the boat - it had to be easily heard and understood on the VHF.
My first boat was called Ceòl Na Mara, which is Gaelic and means ‘music of the sea’. I thought it was a poetic and special name that permanently reminded me of Scotland, but I must admit I had not considered the practical detail of using it over the VHF.
I do not know that particular cartoon, so I can’t say anything about the story, but it’s author, Marc Sleen, was from Ghent and loved slipping in details from his native city.But where does the cartoon bear come into it?
Not quite ready for carpet slippers and pipe yet.Pretty - and quick by the look of her...
Thank you.You do like good looking boats don't you!
I know, I know.All that teak
Frans Maas (now tragically departed) knew how to design a good and fast boat. Hope the survey doesn’t turn up anything nasty.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but I don't see the point of owning an ugly boat.
If she looks good, she will sail well.