Rumbling along the south coast of Spain now, we're on our way to Ibiza about
370 ish miles from Gibraltar.
We spent lots longer than we intended in Gib, mainly because we were having
a great time. Nick hooked up with some pals who run a sailing school out of
Gibraltar. So hi to Mandy and Chris of Hercules Sailing School, which appear
to be named after the Pillars of Hercules ( the two mountains either side of
the Straits) but I believe is in fact named after Steptoe's horse. Go on,
look it up on Google.
The ships is the Unofficial Marina Bay Pub, run by nice Geaorge and Paula,
so we hang out there a lot. Paula's birthday on Saturday (while Nick in
Ceuta) the band turned up and I joined in on violin. Must have been ok cos
they invited me along to another gig on Sunday.
Sunday afternoon Nick came back and a guy Jacko had a barbecue, saw the
viloin and asked me to play. Got started, and a French yacht turned up
nearby, tried to just bounce into a space, the marina staff having a row
with him, and I played the Marseillaise, various cop themes, Laurel and
Hardy as he cocked up the mooring and so on. Much later I realised I should
have played Hit the Road, Jacques. Mind you, he got a place eventually so
wel done Jacques (not recommended though).
Oh and we also met up with the lovely Mark and Mandy, otherwise known as
Mork and Mindy. She writes a blog as well, prolly much beter than this
rubbish. Their boat is called Tengy so praps google for that too.
One of the interesting things about Marina Bay is that they are utter
useless at arithmetic. When we arrived I asked how much it would be, and he
said it was £22.50 a night plus 50 % for us being a catamaran (fair enough)
...which makes it, erm gets calculator out... £45 a night. I spent some
time explaining how percentages work, and we got there eventually.
Oh and I gottsa say good luck to James who is gonna do the Three Peaks race
soon. Argh, horrendous, you have to sail a yacht along the west coast of UK,
and also run up and down Snowdon, Scall Pike and Ben Nevis. Presumably
they're doing in James's boat and as far as know he's doinmg the running as
well, or at least some of it. Nightmare. I have enough trouble doing the
washing up, which i better go get sorted now...