day 3 Bizerte ... quicker than expected!
Fri 31 Jul 2009 19:09
which means I am here! Arrived at 4.0 am after a busy night.
But back to where I left off yesterday......
Well after twenty minutes I decided the shift was permanent , so wrapped up the genny and upped the spinnaker on port side and set it traditionally.... the whole lot was to port of the forestay .. looked great, and was a perfect balance to the mainsail (autohelm and me didnt really need to steer at all)... but now we are surging along at 7 knots pretty effortlessly.. So I just setttled back in the sun and kept tweeking as one has to with the spinnaker up! ... and another 5 degree shift meant that I would now have to gybe to get to Bizerte... so sod that till evening when I got the spinnaker down....which i duly did.... so now slowed down on port gybe to about 5 knots and settled back... but big ships started appearing from both sides ... I was running closer to the headland that everything from Tunisia and Lybia heading west had to get round.... So spent the night ship dodging and the wind now increasing up to 18 knots and more at times I am trucking along myself at 7 to 8 knots ... so no time to grab any of my sleeps!!!.. And would you believe once round the headland and going across the bay to Bizerte ... A bloody fishing fleet .. going in every direction and back (and then some) ... was I awake or was i doing jumping jacks .... Thank god for this electronic navigation stuff.... the harbour green light didnt appear till i was less than half a mile away ... fine except that there were 3 very visible flashing red lights all in different positions!!! .... not helpful (even confusing, but that could have been my mental state by now!) and in the dark (moon gone) and a strange place!
So a nice big harbour and motored in at 4 am to just off the pontoons used as a marina and dropped the hook (anchor) .... 5 am and I am having a quick celebratory drink of cheap spanish brandy (that shook the system!!!)... 5.05 am and fast asleep (except that by local time it was only 4 am) .... So i am now on the same time as UK summer time .. but the weather is a bit better!!!!!
Woke up midday ish ... had breakfast .....and...... went back to sleep!!!! 4pm (actually 3pm) got up and did the police, customs and booked myself into the "marina" for a couple of nights ... so I can easily do some vital stuff like cleaning, filling water tanks, charge batteries for a couple of days on slow charge to get them well topped up ...etc etc and at 19 euro a night I think thats ok (better than the 76 they wanted in Mahon!!!!)
So will spend a bit of time here cruising round Tunisia (1 day , 1 week , 1 month? depends!!!).... will let you know when I move on.