2 clueless day skippers with Patience

DAY 79 - Barbate

01 September 2015
What a sad marina. Would make a great set for an enterprising theatre company to turn into a zombie role play game as it is deserted. It had the makings of a top notch marina - loos and showers with marble and expensive looking stainless and glass, a restaurant with great views, a courtyard with palm trees , all next to a beautiful sandy beach but I'm guessing the money ran out. The place is bereft of any TLC . Palm trees are wilting and dying off, pontoons are almost empty - in fact the marina seems to belong to the seagulls. The huge concrete buildings, presumedly ear marked for chandlers and shops lie empty, with cracked concrete and exposed wires.

Gosh I am painting a morbid picture - sorry ! on a positive note the almost empty pontoons meant we got To practice Pontoon Bashing ( not literally , that's just a yachtie term for practicing coming on and off pontoons) and I got to impress the rather grand yacht and Cat as I brought Patience in like a pro. To be fair there was no wind and a huge space, but shhh, that's our secret. I was chuffed with myself , but not quite enough to practice bringing her in backwards like Ricky did.

Off to Gib today and into the Med - hooray. We're actually aiming for the Spanish marina next door so that we can suss out Gib ( only 20 minute walk across border) and see which marina to stay in as they have mixed reviews. Or we may stay put in La Linea and cycle to and fro. One thing for sure , can't wait to meet the apes and visit M&S.

Catch up later. Special hug for those of you going back to school this week, pupils, staff, and special visitors like the The HFRS Schools Ed Team - proud of you guys - keep flying the flag for me xx
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Vessel Name: Patience
Vessel Make/Model: Moody376
Hailing Port: Haslar , Gosport , England
Crew: Ricky and Donna
About: 2023 Still clueless , but having fun !
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