We should be leaving Gibraltar in the morning
Phil May and Andrea Twigg
Thu 20 Oct 2011 22:39
Coming into Gibraltar we had a battery warning on one of the engines. The motor alternator had failed. Sheppards, the only ship repairer in Gibraltar, did not have anyone who could help at short notice but they recommended someone (CrisNaval) in Spain who do a lot of work in Gibraltar.
Crisnaval said they could have a new alternator by yesterday afternoon. Great, I said, we will take two (because the other engine will probably fail at some point soon). What they didn't tell me was that the second one would have to be ordered and the chances of it arriving in time were zero. So, at 4pm today, I was crossing the Spanish border with Eric, the CrisNaval mechanic, to go and pick up the second alternator because it had only just arrived. By the time we had the alternator on board we were facing a sunset departure, which would not have given us any time to show Ian and Denise the ropes before dark. So departure is now scheduled for tomorrow morning.
But it has been a productive couple of days day nevertheless.
The only problem with setting off tomorrow is there is a nasty depression bringing strong winds in exactly the wrong direction. It is not so strong that we can't sail against it, and given we are pushed for time we will not be waiting for a more favorable wind. Tomorrow it is.