We are still in Santa Cruz!

The main reason for staying here was that we were waiting for our mainsail to be mended and returned as we noticed a series of small holes where the sail rolls into the mast. It would appear that the rivets that join the mast are standing proud, which means that when the sail is reefed, it catches on a starboard tack. We have tightened the furler while the sail’s been off and hope that remedies the problem.

The other reason for staying is that we were waiting for Maimai to arrive and to meet up with Magnus and Sara again! The sail is back and refitted and Magnus and Sara are here and about to leave. We are planning to move on to La Gomera, an 80 mile sail, once we have sorted out the GPS connection to the lap top….probably Tuesday.

It’s been difficult to get wifi connection, so I will fill in the exploits of the last 10 days.

We had a little problem when we inadvertently starting to put diesel in the water tanks! After taking the tops off the tanks under our bed to check the damage, we discovered the diesel was still in the filler pipe …..phew!  We dismantled the pipe and, after rigging up a series of extension hoses to reach the toilet, Marcus flushed the pipe through with washing up liquid and near boiling water, followed by several gallons of fresh water, while I furiously pumped the toilet…..Another lesson learned and no damage done.

Halloween saw Marcus frightening small children! We signed up to be a ‘trick or treat’ boat and Marcus dressed up in his pirate gear……any excuse to dress up.

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

The longer we stay here, the more people we meet! Whilst I was away, Marcus was befriended by Richard and Jo on Owaissa, a couple from Portslade and Benoit and Caroline aboard a catamaran, Vaga, from Belgium. Benoit was a bad influence on Marcus and they spent a day spending far too much time and money in the chandlery.

Benoit and Caroline sandwiched between their crew.

Benoit and Caroline sandwiched between their crew, Marie and Paul

We spent a couple of meals together and discovered that Benoit is a great cook…….marinaded tuna melted in the mouth. Now all we have to do is learn how to rig the line so we can catch some en route and stock up with lemons for the marinade.

We have at last found some netting to secure all the stuff on the shelves when we’re underway. I have also made a prototype vegetable hammock. I have two more to make and then we’ll string them across from the mast, above the lower table.          Handicrafts R Us!

The longer we stay here, the more ‘stuff’ we seem to accumulate, the ‘need’ being stimulated by the various tales and experiences we hear about. I now have fins,snorkel and diving goggles after hearing about wrapped lines and anchor problems. We have a new Garmin GPS to link to the laptop, so we have back up charts and positioning ……. of course it didn’t come with connections, so it’s taken a couple of trips to the electronics shop to try to get the right connections…..hard to explain in Spanglish! We have also shelled out for a repair to the main Nema computer, as a tiny chip had failed and we couldn’t get all the info up on the repeaters.

On Tuesday we went to the local Health Centre to try to get our Yellow Fever vaccination organised. The receptionists were far from helpful and once again we found extreme kindness from people who witnessed our dilemma. An Indian lady from London acted as interpreter and then a very well dressed lady offered to drive us to the International Vaccine centre in her 4 litre Jag! On the way she phoned her daughter to meet us, as she spoke very good english. The daughter then came in with us and stayed until the very helpful receptionist got a doctor with excellent English to speak with us……..the upshot was that we got an appointment on Thursday and are now both fully certificated!

We have received so much help and kindness from all the people we have met. Fellow sailors are always ready and willing to help with any problem and we have picked their brains on SSB, DSC, fishing techniques and computer connections. In our turn we have helped with mending a spreader, rigging spacers on an aerial and being a safety line handler for a diver.

With so much goodwill around, how could we resist a party! You can take the man out of the restaurant, but you can’t take the restaurant out of the man!

The Crowd in the cockpit

The Crowd in the cockpit

The other half of the cockpit

The other half of the cockpit

Standing room only!

Standing room only!

We had a great evening with 22 of us in the cockpit ……very cosy and cosmopolitan with Irish, English, Belgian, Swiss, Swedish, French and Polish all literally rubbing shoulders with each other!







1 Comment

  1. Oh how i miss those impromptu evenings! I don’t however miss the nightcaps!

    Love us


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