We left our berth this morning but not very far as
Steve found that our steering was jammed, on the way out of the berth.
Luckily we were able to drift onto the main concrete
pontoon and tie up with only a little damage to the bows and did not hit the 2M
brand new yacht opposite.
We emptied the aft locker and Steve could see nothing
wrong with the cable but all was completely jammed.
Turining on the autopilot it did not shift either, so
big problem with the rudder.
We looked at that and saw that there was what had
been the lazy line stuck in the rudder.
Bathing ladder went in the water and Katrin went in the sea on the ladder to
pull on the line. Eventually it came loose.
After this excitement we headed for the fueling
berth, filled up our tanks and all the containers on deck.
At £1.08 per litre it is probably the cheapest we
will see for a while.
After all that we headed out, aiming for Lagos.
Forecast said light winds, 7-8 kts so all was
supposed to be good.
However after about 30 minutes out we got 30kts on
the nose and rising with big seas, which was rather unpleasant.
We decided to turn back, called Marina bay but our berth had been given away.
We phoned Queenway Quay Marina, and luckily they had
a space for us.
We are now sitting in a bar sipping water and lovely
chilled rose wine.
Things could be worse..
We will try again for Lagos tomorrow...( weather permitting)