Sadly we had to leave Tobago and are now back in Trinidad to have various jobs completed on the boat.
We stayed long enough to play the cricket match against the school, which was good fun

The Motley Crew! Average age 61!

The Motley Crew! Average age 61!

Our opposition.......average age = 11

Our opposition…….average age = 11

……. needless to say we won. Not really a fair match when you total up the age and experience. The whole school….70 students and 2 staff, turned out to spectate.

The spectators.

The spectators.

After the match, Keith presented the bat he had brought out from England to the captain of the school team.

Proud recipients of the bat.

Proud recipients of the bat.

I don’t know if it was because they lost, or because it’s ‘cool’ not to smile, but we couldn’t force a grin out of them? There were a few smiles after we passed the hat round for the Christmas charity.

Hugh passing around the hat.

Hugh passing around the hat.

After the match we all repaired to Noel’s bar for post match celebrations and Marcus arrived with a young Dutch couple who had been on the fishing boat that sold us fish that morning. They turned out to be on a week’s holiday in Tobago, after she had done year’s internship at a hospital in Suriname and he had joined her a month ago. They were intrigued by the fact we were living on the boat and sailing around the world. They both have sailing experience and were delighted when we asked them back on the boat to share our fish supper.

Our two visitors who came for a fish supper.

Our two visitors who came for a fish supper.

I think we may have kindled another dream for the future!

On Tuesday we said a fond farewell to Charlotteville, checked out at Imigration and Customs and set off for Store Bay to meet up with Martyn and our mended motor for the water maker. We stayed until 2200hrs and then set off for Trinidad in the company of Elke and Werner on ‘Na Ja’. We had a good sail for most of the way and the current swept us along faster than we wanted.
At about 0300hrs, we were forced to slow down when we got a call from Werner to say that they had got caught in a fishing net which had jammed their rudder and that he was going to dive in and cut the line. We turned around and shadowed them for moral support and help if things went wrong. After four attempts he managed to cut the line away, only inflicting one cut to his thumb, bumping his head and scraping his nose on the hull. It could have been much worse if the seas had been rougher. I think I may invest in a canoe helmet, just incase I have to go over our stern in the future!!

Na Ja on her way again.

Na Ja on her way again.

Since arriving back in Trinidad, we have been hard at work. We have finally solved our ongoing refrigeration problem…… the hoses on the galley fridge pump were connected the wrong way around!! After a quick refit the fridge is no longer switching itself off due to over heating. We have also installed the compressor and pump that we got from ‘Islands Coyote’ and the freezer is now in full working order, awaiting the glut of fish that we are always hopeful of catching! Marcus has also been busy fitting the water maker engine back in place

Water maker motor refitted and working!

Water maker motor refitted and working!

As with every job on the boat, everything has to be turned upside down to get to the bit your trying to work on.

We have also had to empty the wardrobe in the aft cabin and unscrew all the wood paneling, ready for the arch to be fitted through the deck.

Wardrobe moved into the lower saloon.

Wardrobe moved into the lower saloon.

We have also had to empty the entire contents of both aft cockpit lockers and stow it all on the fore deck, under a tarpaulin. It looks like we’re having a garage sale! The arch is now in place and the aft cabin restored to normal,

'First fit' of the long awaited arch.

‘First fit’ of the long awaited arch.

……..but the clobber on the deck will have to stay there until we get all the cables from the aerials, gps leads and solar panel wiring run down through the arch and through the aft lockers into the boat. It’s an upheaval at the moment, but it will be well worth the hassle if it means we can count on our batteries being charged without having to run the engine.

Today being Sunday is our day off. I am catching up with the blog here on the boat and Marcus has been out and about in the dinghy. Needless to say he returned having helped save a 40′ sailing boat ‘Moonfleet’ from being crushed by the resident 70′ Viking ship that had drifted free of its mooring and was being swept down against her on the tide.
All in a days work for ‘Super Marcus’!

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