Mind the gap
Phil May and Andrea Twigg
Tue 8 Nov 2011 00:52
Bertie's girlfriend, Estella, arrived today. Estella has spent a few weeks on Anastasia in the past, but now she is joining us for the trip around the world. Welcome.
Sorry about this being another post without a photo. We were going to photograph the enormous leap from Anastasia to the shore but when we got back from dinner the tide was in and, while it is still a near-impossible gap, it does not look half as intimidating as it did at low tide.
The problem is that we have been moved into a "special new place" for catamarans, Vela Latina, which is basically the old fishing harbour tarted up to look like a marina, with a "brand new shower block" built in the portaloo style. This new place has only one floating pontoon and the rest of the catamarans have to moor up against the harbour wall. We had a feeling that the places on the pontoon might get snapped up quickly so we sneaked in after lunch and grabbed a space on the pontoon, but discovered that the mooring lines there were too short to hold Anastasia securely.
So now we are moored with our stern to the harbour wall, which means that at low tide we have to leap a six foot gap and grab onto a steel ladder set into the wall and then climb twelve feet to get to the harbour side. At high tide we just have to leap the gap, which is still nearly impossible, although Bertie managed to jump down from the wall onto the sugar scoop (back steps) after a few drinks.
We can't just move closer to the wall to make the ladder more accessible because, with the boat going up and down nine feet with the tide, the lines from the front get much tighter at high tide and slacker at low tide so we would either bang against the wall at low tide or break off our cleats at high tide.
We spent the last week looking forward to moving away from sewage guy, but, faced with spending the next two weeks commuting to shore in the tender, the smell doesn't seem so bad any more.
We have considered planks, rope bridges etc, but it is difficult to come up with a simple solution that can handle the 3 metre tidal range.