To Puerto Sherry.....not quite!
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
83Trip End May 31, 2014
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Chipiona to Puerto Sherry was only a short hop in to the Bay of Cadiz of 20nm.
CHIPIONA TO ROTA
10th August 2012
We had a lazy start and then I spent the day cleaning up the boat while Steve tried fixing the outboard before we left for Puerto Sherry at about 6pm.
It was a 20nm passage of motoring because there was no wind to speak of, so I settled down to some sunbathing on the deck for what I thought would be an uneventful passage! As if!
I sat up at one point and saw the sea was bubbling in the distance. "What's that over there Steve?" It was shoals of fish on the surface of the water making it bubble. You could see the fish almost jumping over each other. There were lots of these shoals in the area but no fishing vessels to be seen. We’re not sure what they were but possibly sprats or sardines?
Steve was cooking supper and I was on lookout/sunbathing on deck when he suddenly shouted out “Jilly, we seem to have water on the floor”. I looked down through the companionway by the galley and yes, there was definitely water there! So next thing Steve had the engine cover up and it is filled up inside and overflowing into the galley! The aft cabin is turned out and the engine examined to find that the waterlock had sprung a leak. “We’re shipping water” says Steve. The bilge pump is turned on, all the underfloor access points are inspected and the aft cabin bailed out with a jug. Satisfied that the pump was coping with the water we diverted to Rota marina which was closer than Puerto Sherry.
A radio call to the marina was a waste of time on channel 9 so we went onto channel 16 to try and get a response but only some idiot came on from a fishing vessel jabbering on in Spanish.
We got to the marina and tied up on the waiting pontoon for the night. We quickly ate our meal and Steve soon went to work with the sump pump and 3 large buckets of water were thrown overboard before it was dry. Then Steve had the offending part dismantled and examined. By now it was midnight. Steve had been dripping with sweat doing the sump so he had a shower to refresh himself and we went ashore to get a drink or two in a bar by the quay.
We found some Salsa music playing in a good bar and before long Bacardi and cokes and whisky and Americans were ordered and we had a pleasant 2 hours there in the early hours of the morning and at the end of another adventure.
11th August 2012
Steve was up early to go off in search of a replacement part whilst I was asleep! He then had to register at the marina which took ages. The prices quoted for a new part by the chandlers was astronomical, so Steve found a large bolt, some epoxy resin and fixed it up for nought! He's the man to have onboard...is there anything he can't do? The sun was scorching hot again but we still had to get some provisions onboard so the usual hunt for a supermercado was on the list. We dragged our feet into town to find the place deserted, the shops closed (it was Saturday) and very hot. A café selling icecream was a cool rest and we found out that a small supermercado was open 100m further along the street where we got what we needed and headed back to the boat.
We had paid for a night's berth, so we wanted to have a shower and freshen up as well as fill the water tanks before leaving to anchor up for the night. This cost the grand sum of 62c and he had to have a receipt! The bureaucracy is second to none there. Then we left and anchored in the bay outside for the night.