Cagliari -> Hammamet
At last a good weather window appeared and we
managed to leave
The weather conditions were perfect for the whole
passage. We had around 10-15 knots of wind aft of the beam for the whole
passage. The wind kindly changed direction to stay in the same relative
position as we rounded Cap Bon. We arrived 5pm the following day which
meant the passage time was 36 hours. We averaged 6 knots.
The cats were not too bad. Koshka easily slept the
whole 36 hours, although he did once visit us in the cockpit. He
wasn’t too happy we would not let him explore the boat, so after a
few minutes he went back to bed and more sleep. He celebrated arriving by
having a couple of hours on deck exploring and taking in the sights. This
was obviously quite exhausting as he then went back to bed and slept. Yoyo
was not quite sea sick but she did drool a bit. However after several
hours she recovered and was relatively happy, eating, washing herself and
even playing a little bit. Unlike previous passages she spent most of the
time down below.
We had lots of boats to avoid overnight around the
cape. At one point we were tracking 6 boats all within 6nm, however we
needed surprisingly few alterations to our course to avoid them all. Due
to the shipping we were often both on watch and not sleeping very much.
We did nearly get caught in a fishing net.
Fortunately our boat has a wire that runs from the bottom of the keel to
the skeg (part of the rudder), the theory is that any fishing nets stay
down away from the propeller. On this occasion the theory worked and we
didn’t get caught on it. A few minutes later the sea gulls played a
joke on us by sitting in a line on the water pretending to be another net!
In the morning we had a call from the Tunisian
navy vessel. All went well and we even managed to correctly spell our boat
name phonetically (twice as they wanted it repeated).
When we arrived we berthed alongside and visited
customs and immigration. We were pleasantly surprised no one asked for any
bakshish. The customs lady did visit the boat but didn’t like cats
and so stayed by the entrance. The search of the boat consisted of me
bringing things to show her!
The only slight mishap happened when we left the
wall and the dingy got caught on a bollard. We managed to rip the bolt out
through the floor of the dinghy so we will now need to fiberglass it back
it. The stern too berthing did go perfectly. In hindsight our only excuse
was we were tired and not paying attention.
We berthed up, showered, had a small meal and an early night, totally shattered from passage.