Fai Tira Blog Tuesday
Fai Tira in Vigo
Feeling a bit self
conscious, it seems to me that all my recent contributions to the blog, have
begun with references about lazy starts to the day.
Perhaps it’s just my
imagination, after all this isn’t a holiday is it, well, that’s what I’m always
being told anyway!!!
We were both still
lounging in our beds when a, polite, knock on the door had us rushing around
trying to find something to throw on in order to look respectable (Oh, and by
door, I think I meant side of the boat)
Alberto was back bright
and early, least it seemed early to us. This time instead of his brother, he was
accompanied by another of his colleagues and, impressively, he too had a good
command of English.
They are such a helpful
bunch of people, with active and knowledgeable minds, that are constantly
analysing the problem in order to seek the solution. In our case some of the
problem is that a piece of, the broken part of, stay sail mounting fell down
inside the mast making things just that bit more
So they arrived with a
selection of connectors, a tape measure, variety of tools and a bosuns chair,
for the trip up the mast.
Not quite sure how they
determined who was the more agile of the two but, after some debate, it seemed
that Alberto had drawn the short straw.
With Pete hanging on to
the end of the halyard, and just the slightest sign of nervousness detectable on
his face, Alberto was on his way up to the level of the second spreader, and the
scene of the carnage (I know, slight exaggeration)
It was now blowing quite
hard, if it had been me up there, I’d have been down as quick as I could, but
these guys were really thorough. Accurate measurements, close examinations and
copious note taking, all followed.
They left giving us a
feeling of confidence, bit worried about the bill, but we’re sure of their
genuine concern and desire to get the job done right.
I think it’s had the
effect of making us both feel pretty relaxed that we’ll be away from here in
good time and with a proper job, well completed!!
Breakfast in the marina
cafe. Coffee and croissant, (how un-Spanish is that) Then back to the boat for
more cleaning, bit worried that this may be becoming obsessive now.
Then not to be out done,
Pete thought that he also ought to go up the mast, not just to the second
spreader though, this was real mast climbing; right to the top at nose bleed
level. Glad it wasn’t me, I just stood below hanging on to the bit of string
that was supporting him, while he took the opportunity to carry out a few
It was our intention to
make, what looked like, quite a long walk this afternoon and end up in the old
part of the city.
It was now fairly warm,
the sun shining and the wind had dropped. I took the chance to glance around,
once more, before we left.
It’s a great scene.
Directly opposite us is the massive carcass of the hull of a ship under
construction, with all the associated craneage, welding, noise and general huge
scale engineering that you’d expect with such a large operation. Couldn’t help
thinking, while I was gazing, just how much our friend and ace engineer, Pete D,
would be drooling now if he were here.
We were right,the walk
was a bit of a hike, but worth it. The old part had a lot to offer, interesting
buildings, contrasts of old and new and some being almost bizarre. With a modern
apartment block, fixed directly on to the side of an ancient church, weird!!
Judy and Tracey would be in there elliment! Handbag city.
We also had the
opportunity to sit and drink beer, warmed by the sun, in lovely surroundings,
people watching, while I sketched a little.
Oh yeh and don’t forget, Pete said, it’s not a
Bye for now.