Bayona to Las Palmas
The Gibraltar Sailing Team set off from Bayona at 0730 on Sunday morning. After a foggy start, the wind filled in and the sun came out, they were soon charging along at 8 knots+ with a full kite and main.
The good times didnâ€™t last and a long run on the engine took them into Cascais by Monday evening. After a brisk stop for fuel, Gaz and water they set off for Madeira into a fresh Northerly breeze, this died away by dawn, causing the iron topsail to be set again.
A quote from the late Lord Nelson:
â€œOnce past Gibraltar every man is a bachelor. What will tropical warmth, unscrupulous young women, fixed habits of eating too much and high animal spirits accomplish?â€
A Dangerous Situation Unfolds
Whilst taking a call of nature over the side, Geoff spotted a line trailing from the keel!! We came hove too and tried all the text book methods of sailing backwards etc to try and free the offending lineâ€¦.to no availâ€¦ Only one option remained! With a mask line and knife Dave dived down to the bulb to cut the rope free, after a few minutes he surfaced requesting a hacksaw and not looking too pleased with the situation. When he resurfaced he had the remains of an old lobster pot and a line extending for miles.
Once back on board he shared with us the extent of the damageâ€¦.The line whilst being dragged along had started to cut into the lead and filler on the keels bulb, leaving a large gash, liken to hitting a reef at speed .
This along with the now freshening Westerly wind resulting in a beat to Madeira, prompted the decision to alter course directly to The Canaries to enable repairs, much to the delight of Geoff who had previously stated â€œthat Gentlemen donâ€™t go to windwardâ€.