Rain & Wind
Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
109Trip End Sep 03, 2011
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Grumbles over: the fact of the matter is that we have not been storm bound or bad weather bound once, so far this trip. When compared to previous years, we are doing really well. So we spent the morning doing little jobs. One bright idea I had was to cut a 1’ piece of plastic tubing lengthwise so that I could slip it over the stern warp ie the one attached to the buoy. I could then move the warp to the downwind side of the boat , the effect of this is that the boat now lies at a much better line to the pontoon, nearer to 90°. I needed the piece of plastic as the angle of the line coming out of the cleat takes it across the backstay (bit of wire holding the mast up) and it would soon chafe through but this little fix sorts out the problem.
After lunch, we decided to catch the bus into Ventspils. The harbourmaster had the timetable for the no. 20 bus and the stop was outside, but no bus appeared at the scheduled time, so we decided to walk in, the route taking us along the extensive harbour (>2km long). We passed more cows, (see photos) – we were really impressed with Travelling Cow. At the end of the harbour, more or less, was the Tourist Information office and enquiries there showed us that the timetable the harbourmaster was using was out of date
After a wander around Ventspils, a nice airy town but quite modern, we did a bit of shopping then headed back to the boat, via the no. 20 which arrived bang on the (proper) scheduled time. We then spent the evening chatting to various people on Skype and Julie got her Casualty fix. A nice day despite the iffy weather. So much so, especially as the weather is not supposed to be any better tomorrow, we decided to stay another day.