cancelled yesterday. After a rotten Christmas Eve at sea with the boat
slamming so badly no one could sleep, and Rob sea sick and Chris threatening to
join him, we were frazzled by Christmas morning. Cue bilge alarms at 8 am
and bilges full of drinking water. Happy Christmas!
So we had a busy
day pumping out the boat, mainly by hand as the auto pump still keeps
blocking with GRP dust, finding the leak and some calmer sea
(thanks Nigel), and fixing the pipe. So we were in no mood for presents
and goodies (not that Rob could have kept anything down anyway) and postponed
our celebrations until today.
Today, we've had
calmer seas and better tempers and it's the first day it's been warm enough for
shorts and bare feet. Chris had a wash on deck in a bucket of
saltwater just like the olden days, and we needed sunglasses to ward off the
reflection of the sun from his white chest. Later, we opened our
presents underneath the Christmas tree on deck with goodies and a glass of
To top it off
nicely, Chris has just caught DecaDance's very first fish and is
filleting it as I type as a starter for our Christmas dinner. Talking
of which I need to go pop it in the oven...