When I did my sailing - crewing across, and up-and-down, the Atlantic - I experienced bad weather. When it gets too bad the final solution is to 'heave-to' and wait out the storm.
'Heaving-to' is an unusual procedure for sailing ships - it involves inverting the jib (the triangular sail at the front) so that it pushes against your mainsail. This manoeuvre gives a surprising degree of stability even in an awful sea. You can go below and let your face recover from the needle-sharp rain and spray.
I've only experienced this once and it was a revelation - a transition from struggling against the sea monster to the relative calm of the main cabin to gather our collective nerve. You just have to trust your boat.
So, for that reason I have been figuratively 'hove-to' for the last couple of months. I'm not checking the prices very often and I've done hardly any new trading - I'm letting the cash build up.
Although it has been a pretty depressing time, there is one crack of light in the gloom: Pan African Resources has shown a pleasing spurt in its share price - which has gone past my indicative 'sell' threshold of 'capital gain = 5 times income'. I bought it in July 2015 and there has been a fast turnaround in the price, primarily due to the increased production and the firming gold price. So, I've sold, netting a 38% profit on the purchase price.
But apart from that, there's not much going on. I'm going back into my cabin now... Good luck!
[Sale price: 13.1p]
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