PROGRESS REPORT NO. 18 Tuesday Sept 27th
In the fishing town of MALOY.
We know it's 6 days since we sent any word, but we didn't want to appear
complaining, and wished to send good news only.
The good news is that Maloy is a very nice place and the people we have met
couldn't be more obliging. There was one good day, we plotted for Scotland and
measured the distance to the Caledonian Canal, and Westport, in days. Not to
Gary, Michael and Kevin have, through time limits, had to leave at Brekstad.
They missed that one good day, and also:
- Saturday. Gale am. Wind down pm. Made it to Aalesund. 8 miles. PB Birthday.
- Sunday. Gale early. Made 30 miles later.
- Monday. Made 30 miles around Sted , 18 miles in straight line, average 3
knots, into force 6, becoming 8. To Maloy.
Are we becoming paranoid, or maybe weak!
Anyway, we're getting a good look at the scenic fiords and great practice
anchoring in darkness and tying up to jetties with doubled lines. And we're
getting the BBC forecasts now, a low of 955 over sea area Bailey has gales from
Biscay to Iceland to southerly force 9 in North Utsire (that's us).
So we're using the time to work on the boat. We had her lifted this morning,
changed the ice-battered prop, which was vibrating, are now back in the water
and are rebuilding the gearbox.
We'll be ready to boogie, we expect, by tomorrow night for the better
weather, which surely must be coming.
Tom cleaning the prop
Gearbox maintenance on board