|Vessel Name:||Tortue de Mer|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Jeantot Marine, Privelege 39|
|Hailing Port:||Sete, France|
|Crew:||Michael Karamanof et al.|
Busy day again, new solar panels connected now albeit no sun, wind generator purring away and charging our batteries and the new halyards pulled through here at anchor by Dimitri. With David arriving tomorrow we are “full house” and moving into the marina on Saturday for our last preparations.
In port and at the shipyard again, to install our wind generator, Jonathan having arrived, we work hard to get Tortue Atlantic-ready, bowsprit done, Genoa pole collected and getting ready for use, Dimitri arriving tonight, just in time for a Spanish-themed party, Miche’le acclimatizing, progress in general, as I start studying Tobago anchorages...
There is progress! Not easy to get people to work on your boat, when over 100 ARC yachts are leaving on Sunday! New gearbox in, Generator under -hopefully last- repair, wind generator purchased and busy installing, more solar panels also installed, in addition to all other wallet-draining (sic) everyday [...]
Big day today, Sprigboks are world champions! Rugby of course! Hospitable Irish Rover pub opened at 9 and closed at 1130, just to accommodate me and another South African amongst 30-40 English fans, who graciously congratulated us at the end... Otherwise the Mini Transat left today for Gouadeloupe, single-handed [...]
Public holiday today but the anchorage is busy and everyone is working on their boats! Tomorrow the Mini Transat is leaving, an exciting single-handed race over 4000nm on super fast 6.50m boats. Next milestone is the 10th, when the first tranche of ARC leaves, the second leaving on 25.11, we plan to [...]
Been at anchor now for a week plus, Niki and Hans left on Sunday for Germany, alone for the first time since Fuengirola, routine is making lists and a couple of jobs over coffee in the morning, set off on my dinghy for the five-minute ride to the port and then climb on my bicycle for the chores, shopping for the boat, consulting about rigging, repairs, ordering spares until lunch, the holy hour, a cold cana (small beer) and a snack, followed by the holy hour of siesta, either on the boat, or in Nigel and Olga’s apartment. Shops reopen and work resumes here at 1600 hrs, don’t always make it till 1700 hrs! Aperitif sometimes in the bar, or on board. Dinner mostly on board, today I am having pork and sugar bean stew, lekker! More soon!