Hi everyone, this is Mina crew here!
So the situation is this. CapTim is gone. The downstairs skipper and Neil have been left in charge, with strict instructions to under no circumstances move the boat or leave the port. And yet, no sooner had she waved her husband off than the downstairs skipper announced 'well, I'm not staying stuck here for a week. Let's get outta here.' Neil was already casting off so it looks like we're all on the same mutinous page. I'm sure you'll be breaking into a cold sweat as you read this Tim, but seriously how hard can it be? Whack up the sails, keep a vague eye out for other boats, make sure you NEVER have your fenders down until you're less than 10 metres from the quayside and don't make stupid noises/comments on the VHF unless it's really funny and after midnight.
Other than that we're fully stocked with cachaca and ready for some adventures. You didn't really think we were going to stick around here when there are all those islands to explore did you...? oh, and what do the green bits on the map mean?
We won't be able to report back on what we've been up to until we're back in Salvador marina, provided we figure out how to park the boat. So until the 26th December or there abouts it's a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and over and out from team Mina!
p.s. you'll be relieved to hear there will be no more tedious talk of problems with water makers or detailed description of general boat maintenance...I'm sure I wasn't the only one that used to skim those sections.