Marina Di Ragusa: Preparing to Leave
Since the last blog we have been busy preparing Wanda for sailing. All our winter home comforts had to be stowed away. We stocked up on provisions. The sheets and halyards (ropes) that we took off over winter had to be re fitted and we had to check equipment still worked (anchor windlass, outboard motor etc.) We made sure we had all our laundry done and cleaned the inside of the boat. We made the final engine checks and cleaned the hull under the water to try and remove some of the growth (to hopefully improve our speed when we did finally leave).
After all this activity we were exhausted so a few days waiting for the weather to be just perfect to leave were very welcome. Of course we had the usual we’ll be leaving on Saturday, oh no it will be Sunday, we’ll be going soon honest.
In among all this activity on-board Wanda there was quite a lot of activity in the Marina. One morning we heard lots of sirens and saw the fire engines racing to the marina. Then we saw the smoke. The smoke was orange, which seemed a bit strange, we soon realised this was a practice, complete with smoke and a casualty. One weekend the marina held its first regatta. The marina became full of boats and activity. Unfortunately on the first full day of the regatta there was no wind, so the racing was not very fast.
Anne’s latest job as an outboard motor stand.
Yoyo enjoying some sun.
Fire practice in the marina (trying to put out an orange smoke flare)