After Italy & where did we go
Jeez have you ever had a nag! My mate
Where did we leave off last time? Lavagna I think it was? Well Roberto & Stephano did a great job on the sails, I think! We will discover later when I try to set them. (jumping ahead, I tried to set the MPS today (23/8 in Valencia and the bloody thing got away from me and tore the skin off both hands but more about that later).
Lavagna – apart from the balcony everything One of the windows is real.
else is painted on.
28th July we spent the day futzing around town and had a fun
time at the markets buying the makings for dinner on Sedna. Terry was doing the
cooking and he & Irene organised a great mussel dish done in onions and
white wine. We also met Lyn Micheletti from
29th July I dropped Terry & Chrissie ashore for their trip
I do keep hearing from them though! Especially when he wants to have a skite about the fish he is catching. I have dragged a line or two for thousand’s of miles and apart from a couple of tuna-mackerel caught last year, absolutely nothing, nada, nix, zilch etc. But what does Terry do???
Don’t you just hate it?
Around lunch time Irene and I departed for
I have been using the anchor windlass not only to pull the
anchor up and down but by loosening the gypsy, I can also use it to pull in bow
lines when we are in a marina. When this happens the anchor is in the stowed
position on the bow and it has a locking device which is supposed to hold the
anchor in the stowed position. This doesn’t always work! When we cast off in
Lavagna, it was in a hurry and I had forgotten to tighten the gypsy. Just off
Portofino, Irene went forward to take off the locking device and because I
hadn’t tightened the gypsy, the 100lb anchor and 80m of ½ “ chain started
roaring over the bow and heading for the bottom! The bitter end of the chain is
secured to the inside of the yacht and as twinkle toes here dashed forward I had
a mental picture of the chain coming to the bitter end and then ripping the bow
off the boat. Phew made it in time and slowed the whole lot down and then
stopped it. Here we are, just off
The next day saw us up at 06:00 and under way 15 minutes later
Berthed in the marina hosed the salt off and shammied the yacht and Lyn came for dinner.
31/7/07. Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary and here we are working hard. I tried to fix the orange pump on the aft cabin air-conditioning for the umpteenth time and failed miserably. We now have the condensate hose stuck in the top of a 5 litre plastic bottle and I get to empty it manually!
Next day we replaced the GPS antenna and it seems to working ok. Another €400, who said boating, was cheap?
Around 14:00 we departed for Monaco and on the way passed; 2 X pink & yellow wading pools, bright pink sun lounge, pale blue kids dinghy, yellow blow up canoe, a green blow up alligator, two sets of kids floaty arm bands, a bright green turtle, some more kids floaties, pink sit-in floaty car with steering wheel, a pink row boat, some more green arm floaties and a white plastic blow up sun lounge!
You can imagine the scene, “If you kids don’t stop acting up and behave yourselves, the whole bloody lot goes over the side”! I guess they didn’t behave themselves!
No room at Fontvielle Marina at
At this stage we are moving daily to catch up on our time
table to Gibraltar and we wanted to stop in at
5th August we departed at 06:00 and arrived at
Couldn’t fuel up as the shore storage tanks were empty and we had to wait until the next day for a fuel delivery.
While waiting around for the fuel delivery we managed to find
bread and an internet point to catch up on some news. Next berth to us was
Pamela Stephenson’s (Billy Connolly’s wife) rather magnificent yacht ‘Takapuna’
named after a suburb of
Takapuna moored in Barcelona
Also of interest was a French flagged yacht called ‘Akaroa’
and I asked the Frenchman where he had gotten the name from. His reply was
“Akaroa is a small town in
8th August we arrived at the
Sportnautica is the local Bénéteau agent and has luck would
have it, the
Irene and I were going away for a couple of weeks touring and Ana lined up the alternator people to attend to the alternator while we were away and the others were booked for when we got back to the boat.
The Old Man and the Sea.
Some have asked about the entries which are headed 'Position with a name and lat & lon' this is so I get a pin put in the Google earth map. All I am doing is reporting a position. JH