After having spent Monday ashore organising all the
last minute jobs, buying the perishables, and as we are now 3 taking on board
extra water & basic staples, we returned to the boat late evening, thinking
the wind/swell had picked up, as we were rolling around, and that we would be
very pleased to be off in the morning!
Up at daybreak to stow the extra goodies, and await
our new crew, Skipper commented that the stern anchor didn't seem to be doing
it's job. Try pulling in some slack I suggested, which turned out to be 40'
line, with no anchor or chain attached! Does this sound familiar blog
Peter, our very kind & useful agent, had
volunteered to help us lift the stern anchor at 8.30am (for our 9am departure),
and bring us our cans of diesel topped up. So he dutifully arrived to find us
sitting glum, within minutes he had organised a diver & our anchor was
retrieved, chain & all!
Meanwhile Mirjam had arrived by water taxi, and was
stowing her belongings below, ready for us to set sail.
10.00am and we were off,main anchor came up no
problem. BUT just as we were leaving the anchorage, smoke was pouring out of the
exhaust, and no water! So quick about turn and re-anchor.
No.1 hailed a water taxi, and went off in search of
a mechanic. Fortunately it was our favourite water taxi man - Mayley - learning
of our problem he went straight to the main dock & started making enquires
for a mechanic to come out to Winny. Freddie agreed to come in an hour, & so
I waited to escort him back. Freddie and amigo duly returned, and were
delivered to Winny where they set about solving the problem, with Mirjam acting
as our interpretator. Several hours later, and after Skipper had to dive under
the boat in order to retrieve a plastic bag from the filter inlet, impeller
changed (good job we had two spares) the happy couple declared we were fit
16.00pm Finally we were on our way!
Good sailing all day, but as the sun set the wind
became very light, and with frustration we turned to the engine several times in
the night (to keep us well away from those fishing boats)! Then about 3am the
wind returned and we were off again.
193 miles complete on