An eventful (non) start for Mariposa (GBR) ...
Sun 21 Nov 2010 15:06
and they're off...well actually the rest of the fleet is off. We are in fact still in the Muelle Deportivo.
We had just waved fond goodbyes to all the family on the pier, posed for photos and were heading past Don Pedro's pumping (music) fuel dock when the accelerator cable parted. So this left us with no ability to manouver in a rather busy marina (249 yachts leaving for the start plus numerous spectator boats). We waved for assistance and of course...everyone waved back. Eventually a rib came to our assistance and gently nudged us onto the dock. Two hours after the start and some fairly frantic work we have a temporary fix utilising some cloths pegs we're off.
Upsides are that we should be easy to spot on the fleet viewer (we'll be the one at the back) and we will be able to overtake all the way to St Lucia!!