Position: At anchor off Tarifa, Spain
Wind: South west, fresh breeze .
Weather: Overcast, showers, mild
So far today has been a bit of a none event. Heavy showers mean that I can't
get any significant maintenance done. I have been thinking of weighing
anchor and making for Gibraltar but sailing in the rain isn't much fun
either. The wind has been consistently fresh from the west since we got here
four days ago, and I am concerned about getting stuck in Gibraltar as
anchoring is no longer allowed, it seems often the marinas are full, and of
course it has to be expensive. Most of the Strait of Gibraltar is taken up
with a traffic separation scheme leaving only about a one and half mile wide
inshore traffic zone for us sailing craft, this would make for a pretty
tiring sail beating our way back west to windward, having to tack about
every 20 minutes or so. If the tide is with the wind we would go absolutely
nowhere, in fact probably backwards, and if the tide is against the wind
while it would help our progress back to the west but kicks up such an
unpleasant sea that I am very loathe to undertake the venture. So today we
will make a lay day.
All is well.
A lay day sounds good to me . . . err - just one question, and what is
different about a lay day to any other day? . . . Zzzzzzzz.