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Date: 23 Oct 2008 11:39:38
Title: Getting ship-shape

Four more yachts left over a week ago so we are just six remaining. Two of the yachts have problems (one skipper with broken ribs and one mate having cancer treatment) and can't leave for a while. Various officials have been petitioned to keep our pontoon for longer, and the local press have added their voice, but the Captain of Ports is determined it should now be dismantled to make way for casino boats. The casino boats are taking over the whole length of the Mandovi river off Panjim. Even local fishermen and music boats are having to make way for them.
We've enjoyed our stay here and the local people are very friendly. It's also been great having a berth close to the town, with water and electricity available. Once dismantled, our only option will be the anchorage on the other side of the river, which is not very convenient or safe. We are now planning to leave for Kochi (Cochin) sometime next week, after the festival of Divali. The process of getting clearance to leave the port can take two days so leaving has to be a leisurely affair.

With the help of Ali, we managed to find a local workshop to unbend the stemhead fitting so we are back to having a functioning main anchor. Our upholsterer re-covered the saloon cushions (Indian fashion so not perfect!) and the diver came to clean the prop and hull. The temperatures have been unusually hot for October so we've not been feeling very energetic, but Lynn Rival is now looking reasonably ship-shape. Yesterday Paul went up the mast to fit a new tricolour light (to replace the one damaged by an osprey in Sudan) and today we started the engine to check it works. We're now looking forward to going sailing again.


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