"Oh, we're going to Antigua" 28:02:02N 13:56:54W
After a very frustrating day on Saturday, getting the Boom fixed (again), and watching most of the other Rally boats leave. We finally got away on Leg 2 of the BWR at 1045 this morning.
On Saturday morning we were in the throws of our final preparations when we discovered a large puddle of Hydraulic fluid at the base of the mast and partly down both side decks. It was dripping from the forward end of the Boom. It was quite cruel having to watch and cheer all the other boats leaving, when we too were gagging to get going.
In the event the “yard” at Puerto Calero were fantastic and they worked all day to get the parts necessary and to fix the leak, whilst we spent the day scrubbing and cleaning off the hydraulic fluid. This was absolutely essential, because hydraulic fluid, teak decks and salt water are a deadly combination for boat safely. Instant man overboard for anyone who steps on it.
The crew of Bly were on the end of the mole at the marina to give us a “Send off”. This involved rather noisy air horns, so no one in the marina was in any doubt about our destination!!
Very shortly after leaving the marina on course for the
There was little or no wind today, and that position is
forecast to continue until Wednesday or Thursday. So we are motoring at slow
revs to preserve fuel, as we do not have enough to motor all the way to the
As we passed the southern end of
The sunset itself was quite moody as there was a new weather front coming in.
Finally, the last word on Puerto Calero. It is probably the
In some ways we were sad to leave, especially as there
are still several boats we have left behind. But they will be leaving too in
the next few days and we look forward to meeting up with our new found friends
PS: On fish caught today. Crew advises that the freezer is
too full so if I do catch anything then it as to go back to the
Hey Ho, speak soon………………….