To Puerto Sherry.....not quite!

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Friday, August 10, 2012

So to all those of you still reading this exciting blog.......

Chipiona to Puerto Sherry was only a short hop in to the Bay of Cadiz of 20nm. 10th August

Chipiona to Rota

A lazy start and then the day cleaning up the boat for me and Steve fixing the outboard before leaving for Puerto Sherry at about 6pm.

A 20nm passage, all motoring because there was no wind to speak of,  so I settled down to some sunbathing 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.

Steve was cooking supper and I was on lookout on deck when he suddenly shouted out “Jilly,  we seem to have water on the floor”.  I looked down by the galley and there was definitely water there.  So next thing Steve has the engine cover up and it is filled up in the bilge and overflowing into the galley.  The aft cabin is turned out and the engine examined to find that the waterlock has 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 that we were then passing by.

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 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 is midnight.  Steve had been dripping with sweat doing the sump so a shower to refresh and we went ashore to get a drink or two in a bar by the quay.

Salsa music, a good bar and Bacardi and cokes or whisky and American we had a pleasant 2 hours there at the end of another adventure.

11th August 12

Rota marina..repairs

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 takes ages.  The prices quoted by the chandler were astronomical so Steve found a large bolt, some epoxy resin and fixed it up for nought!  He's the man to have 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 and this cost 62c and he had to have a receipt!  The bureaucracy is second to none here.  Then we left and anchored in the bay outside for the night.

PS Tom.. a bimini is the posh name for the sun canopy.  I didn't know that either!
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Rosalie on

Sounds as though Steve is definitely the man to have on board! There must be something he can't do! You are not the only ones to enjoy excitement. It's all happening over here. We've had some splendid weather. Princes Park had 10,000 people milling around for the end of Airbourne and the Olympics. The beaches have been packed and it's the first time in 25 years that I have been unable to park in Eastbourne. I gave up in the end and returned home. There have been several Olympic dances, bbq's and group swimming in the sea. Been to the theatre a few times too. Hope to go to Jersey soon. Have you done any dancing?xx

pauline and roly on

More exciting adventures!-the fish sound interesting-wonder what was attracting them?-Definately like Steve's economical "fix" for your leak, but it sounds hard work all that bailing -out! I like the end best -with the bacardi and coke!, love, Pauline xx and Roly x

simonrichards on

I think that it sounds like you are enjoying yourselves far too much, fish falling over themselves, bailing out water, then the finding of a supermarket, not exactly any asdas around. Cameron and I went down to london to see olympics on the saturday, day before closing ceromoney, had a great time, atahen we went to legoland on the sunday, no good for cameron he is too nold now. Next outing is to Alton Towers on thursday just me and cameron. Dawn has broken her ankle in two places and has a pot on. She fell off the step on the front door only 8 inches high!!. She is going to be out of action for about 6 weeks. Jill when is your party in eastbourne, as we would like to come down from wakefield, also we will try to persuade my mum to come with us if thats ok with you. Speak to you soon love simon dawn cameron

tom duncan on

Thanks for telling me what a bimini is Jilly . I can sleep now!!

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