22nd Sept 2008 - A day of nothing but rain

Bali Hai
Neal Stow
Mon 22 Sep 2008 23:45
It rained today.  The plan had been to leave at lunch time and sail through the night to Menorca but with torrential rain for most of the day we decided to stay dry.  We also experienced yet another mechanical failure when we found that the windlass was not working. Fortunately the fault was rectified fairly quickly and the crew are relieved that they were not going to have to spend the week hauling up the anchor by hand.
The weather for the rest of the week looks fairly grim with really strong winds forecast, particularly at end of the week.  We have therefore decided to give Menorca a miss and sail directly to Mallorca.  I do not want to risk not being able to get back for the crew change at the weekend.  I am writing this at 3:30 on Tuesday morning and we are just about to leave.  The winds are fairly light and fortunately it is no longer raining.