Completion of Circumnavigation 1
We left San Jose early on Tuesday 20th October aiming to go over 60 miles to and anchorage. We had very light winds so were mororsailing, however shortly after leaving it got very foggy and by lunch time there was no sign of the fog lifting so we changed plans and went into the marina at Almerimar. This proved a good decision as the fog lasted almost all day.
Almerimar – lots of empty berths!
Almerimar is a strange place and slightly soulless. It is a purpose built holiday town, with the marina at its centre. The marina is very extensive and spread out, but it is only half full, so there is not much atmosphere. It was however very cheap ~ €13, including the €2 for electricity. We left at about 11.0am on Wednesday to sail overnight to Gib and this went pretty well, although once again there were light winds, right behind us. We had to cope with lots of fishing boats and large cargo boats, but very few were a problem.
We had to look out the heavy duty waterproofs for both the damp and cold night temperatures.
Gibraltar with the normal early morning crown of cloud!
We arrived on schedule to Gibraltar early on Thursday 23rd October and berthed in Marina Bay, not far from where we were 5 years ago when we left to start the BWR on 25th October 2009. We had of course a bottle of bubbly in the evening to celebrate the completion of our first circumnavigation and went to Charlie’s for dinner.
We have been busy over the past 2 days getting the boat in shape for the Canaries trip. I have fitted a new Raymarine AIS system as the previous Digital Yacht system stopped sending out our position and I couldn’t be sure that, if I bought a new GPS antenna for it this would resolve the problem. We see this feature as really important for our trip.
We have engineers coming tomorrow to repair the hydraulic part of our autopilot system. I have been doing engine checks and have greased the Windpilot. Susan has been doing the domestic jobs, including a fair amount of stocking up at Morrisons and Eroski supermarkets.
By Thursday we should be all ready to start our next circumnavigation, although we feel like we have been doing this for the past 3 months.