Date 2359 – 14 March 2011
We have had a little trouble with the controller for the fridges which
blew its fuse and also the only spare. I cobbled together a temporary fix but
replacements were required. This was a very good excuse for a walk around Portsmouth, or along the
main street which runs by the side of the bay. Even the “security”
dogs are laid back, and, note, in the shade.
Budget Marine have a small outlet here but they did not have the
correct size. Success was found however in an excellent motor factor just
further along the street.
One of the features of Portsmouth
is the chickens that are all over the place. One has to assume that they have
some form of homing instinct, feral chickens does not sound right somehow.
Over the past few days one of the great sights here has been the fully
rigged ship Stadt Amsterdam. Looking up on the internet provides the information
that it was completed in 2000, it has 14 “luxury” cabins for guests
and 25 crew. Guests are invited to assist in sail handling if they wish. It
is doing a season in the Caribbean before returning to Europe
in April. Individual bookings or the complete ship as you wish!
In the evening we were joined for sundowners by Ian Jackie from
Blackthorn Lady. Ian served a full career in the army in REME and on
retirement managed the Army Sailing Centre at Gosport.
We pulled up a sandbag and yarned – great.