To Puerto Sherry.....not quite!
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
80Trip 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. 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
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 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 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!