Gijón, Spain

Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
Trip End Dec 15, 2010

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Flag of Spain  , Asturias,
Thursday, November 4, 2010

A day in port is a work day: we started at sunrise.  Testing for the leak in our water tank was hampered by lack of water from our dock faucet, so Pappy broke out a sewing awl and learned to repair sail canvas sitting up on the bow poking at the genoa and swearing whenever his thread twisted in knots.  A wiry Spaniard showed up to check our rigging and we strapped him (incorrectly, I noticed later) into my climbing harness and hauled him up the front of the mast as he clutched the shrouds like a monkey.  He swung side to side and wiggled things and then came down and sighted up the mast noticing a slight bow, not significant.  He stuck a screwdriver into a turnbuckle and adjusted the rigging like a piano tuner, then asked merely 30 euros and waved goodbye.

I heaved two sacks of laundry across my shoulders and sought out the laundromat where I persuaded the lady to have it finished by 7pm tonight, not maņana.  Nearby was a cafe where I munched a burger with the works while writing up the blog and trying to ignore the cigarette smoke from the table next to me.  Spain lags in some ways.  The afternoon turned sunny and after making my upload I strolled the narrow streets, gazed across the wide sunlit crescent of beach, and then lay on the dock next to Eclipse for a nap.  Libellule had a big bag of fixings for homemade tapas tonight.  Still there was no water on our dock.

Pappy and I later ran out to buy cord for reefing the mainsail, and I grabbed the cleaned and pressed laundry and downloaded the latest weather map (called a GRIB file) from the US NOAA supercomputers.  On returning at dark to the boat I was greeted with a spread of tapas and grilled sausages, which we ate outside in the cockpit with a first class view of the harbor.  Fishermen leaned on the rail above us.  Fat fish swam lazily under our dock.

This is the day's first photo.
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