13 January 2011 | Lanzarote
Crossing the Med with Phil was fun. We all got enough sleep and we felt we could have kept going. Coming down from Gibraltar was knackering, with just Mark and I on night watch - it was like having a baby again. And there's a reason we stopped at two. So, it made sense to put the feelers out re taking on crew for our next leg. Mark and I enjoy other people's company so I mentioned on Facebook that we needed crew - with nearly 200 "friends" surely someone would take us up on this once in a life time opportunity. Nada. Actually, the excuses were coming in thick and fast "I'd love to but I have the kids to think about" (well, OK that was pretty legit!) I appreciated Claire's honesty "Cath, I hate sailing - I'd vom the entire trip." So, a quick ad in a couple of sailing websites and we were inundated with replies. Mark and I had very different specs re what qualified for good crew. I won't elaborate, but we decided if we were going to take one extra, we might as well take two. So, we decided on a mixture of a more mature (more quips to follow as I get to know Alan better!) sailor who is making sailing his profession. And a 23 year old Russian backpacker who was already in Gran Canaria so would easily be able to pop over to meet us. Alan arrived, following a 48 hour trip from Yemen. 4 days after she said she'd be here we still haven't heard from Svetlana. Then an email "oh, I looked for a boat to Lanzarote, but guess what, I found one to Cape Verde!! I hope I haven't let you down yada yada yada." We were actually fine about it because the rigger here had said his daughter would like to come and we were sad to have had to turn her down. So, our new crew are now Alan and Chloe. Chloe is 20 and hasn't really ever sailed, so this trip is going to be an adventure for us all. Oh, I forgot to mention, we met the rigger when he did a rig check for us and then installed a new rig because our rig failed the check. Ouch.
So, we are supposed to be leaving tomorrow, but whether it's tomorrow or Saturday, it doesn't really matter - we still have a heap of things to do before we go as always. I will try to update the blog via SSB radio and Mark's mum as we go but if it doesn't work, then I'll write again in 3-4 weeks when we are in Antigua, pina colada in hand!!