no fuel

Around the Atlantic: ✔ Next stop: Circumnavigation
Ron Noordhoek
Sun 19 Jul 2020 16:06

50:46.566N  000:03.818E


18:45 Suddenly the engine stops !!

What the hell :-(   It didn't take long to find out what the cause was.... no fuel :-/  Marc remembered that he'd thought of checking the fuel but had never came to actually do it. Luckily we were very close to Newhaven and the wind had dropped to 4kts. We anchored under sail and launched the dinghy. Clare and I took the dinghy and went into the marina to find it closed...

A very friendly fisherman helped us out calling the guy that runs the fuel dock. He was having his dinner but  in 15" he was willing to help us out. The dock where he told us to go turned out to be meant for coaster :-/

It didn't take that long for him to show up but he was a bit confused. His pump was meant to fuel up fisshingvessels, taking about a 100 times more that would fit in out 2 jerrycans. The nozzle didn't quite fit either... Anyway we managed to fill our jerrycans, but then it turned out that he couldn't take cash or a card for payment. No problem though, he gave us his email address and was okay with us promising to sort it out later. It was just a few drops to his standard.

We got back to the boat and 'filled' the tank. Then we had to make a decision, stay the night at anchor and fill up properly next day or sail on with not too much wind. We couldn't keep on motoring since we hadn't enough fuel to make it all the way and we wanted to have enough left to motor into a marina.
We decided to move on sailing. Luckily the wind picked up a bit and we had a nice sail to Lymington where we arrived next morning at 07:45