euphoria of arrival from Gibraltar. A great
last supper with Will, who then departed (reluctantly?!) to take care of the
sick and needy back home.
Tenerife a pleasant
enough town, shame about the dreadful marina facilities. So far the worst
anywhere. Portacabins in serious state of decay. Public washing and
picks up again as Nigel and Sally arrive to prepare for the big one.
Unfortunately we have developed a couple of problems, most serious being a
leaking water pump on the generator ……which will drive the water-maker….which is
being looked upon as essential to comfort of crossing! Generator battery also
Nowhere can we
find a spare water pump or repair kit. Application of Nigel and Chris think tank
+ dismantling of parts suggests the possibility of repair, which fortunately
proves to be the case! 24 hours before departure we have a functioning gen.
neighbours on board Aragorn (Dick
and Leslie from New
York), completing their round the world tour with BWR,
turn out to be a fountain of good advice and support. Rally boat 3, White Egret
springs a small leak necessitating a lift, so we prepare to leave Sat morning in
a fleet of two; Aragorn and Moondance.
Just time to
nip over to “Foxglove” to visit (say cheerio) to Patrick and Sinead and get a
“Sinead special”; a number 5 on the hair to prepare for the tropical sun!!!
Dinner at the
Yacht Club, a jolly affair with Richard and Boot from BWR; lots of
skipper-bonding, sailing yarns + threats of mid-Atlantic Pub quizzes etc
To bed, with
thoughts of tomorrow……