23 October 2010

Bob Beggs/Ian Rivers
Sun 24 Oct 2010 00:39
The weather here continues to get warmer as a high pressure develops over the region. The yacht club was busy today with the final race of the season with the majority of the club members racing. Bob and I had a few offers to go racing, but duty called and we spent all day getting Serica ready. All the rigging and running lines have been replaced, hatches sealed and two new domestic batteries installed.

Minor issue with the alternator, it doesn’t work, so it is with a local guy who hopefully can fix it by Monday?! We can’t leave without it as its our main means of charging the batteries, so there is a prospect of a delay in our departure day (fingers crossed!).

It’s Saturday night, and Hampton Yacht club tradition insists that Bob and I join them in the bar for a few small beers. Not one for letting tradition down, it’s the bar for us tonight.

There’s still plenty to do on Serica, Bob still has to rewire the domestic battery circuit and I’ve got to sort out a menu for the voyage. Thought I would operate a five day menu, running for four weeks, which should give us some variety. There’s no fridge on board, so the initial five day we’ll have fresh before switching to tinned food. =

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