In this episode of Sailing A B Sea we have a major equipment failure on our 1st day sailing. But we handle it calmly and follow procedures before making a sa...
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Turn us around and get us ... wait a second ... back into the wind
After three months of living on board
A B Sea in the marina departure day had
finally arrived but before we could go
anywhere we had a rather large invoice
that needed paying. So we headed over to
Jose's office and sat down with him and
Marina and went through the details.
We're putting on a brave face today we stayed
up until what 5:30 this morning wasn't it roughly? Yeah. Editing today's video and
getting it up into YouTube and doing all the
stuff behind the scenes and yet / now
we're headed off to the office to pay for the boat! / to buy the boat. Yeah!
Final payments on the boat, final invoice. Yeah! So we're all dressed up and looking
fabulous darling, looking like yacht
owners darling! Yes so we look like we can afford one!
Okay, let's do it!
Although it was a very
momentous occasion for us it was just
another day in the office for Jose and
the team and everything was very much
matter of fact. There was no champagne, no
fireworks - and it kind of felt as though
it should have been a bigger occasion than
it actually was!
with the invoice paid and the keys
handed over we headed back to our home, A B Sea, and began the preparations for
getting ready to sail.
We're going out for a drink. Are we? Yeah! Oh!
We're going out to that new place. It's
Oh. I thought it was open! It was open,
it's closed now! Oh okay.
Well we're still going out because I've
got dressed up. Okay, I'm just happy to go
out for a beer. Okay. And walk 50 paces to
the nearest bar. Yeah incidental exercise!
All right so turn us around and get us
wait a second ... back into the wind
So quite a short-lived little adventure
there. We're back at our dock. I didn't
even want to bother turning the boat
round and bringing her stern in so we're
actually bow to at the moment. And the
reason we're back here is because the
mainsheet blocks just disintegrated the
minute we tried to unfurl the main and
this is what the mainsheet block looks
So those pulleys are meant to be facing
upwards and it's meant to have the
mainsheet through the pulleys but
unfortunately it just disintegrated.
So now that we're back here all I need to
do is have a chat with our friendly
Marineros and get a extension cord for
the electrical connection and get back
into the shore power, get ourselves back
online and post this for your enjoyment!
At least the boats clean!
It is departure day version 2.0 and when
we got back yesterday
luckily Jose was in his office and that
meant that he was able to get us another
block for the mainsheet so here it is in
situ looking nice and shiny and new,
that hopefully shouldn't explode on us.
Aannsha is making the most of having
shore power again; she's just using the
electric cooktop to cook up some chicken for later.
Meanwhile I'm off top. I'm
gonna get the boat back into departure
mode and we'll also top off the water
tanks. I know we didn't use much but
while we're here while we've got water
we might as well just top off the tank
anyway. So we're gonna get all those
things sorted out. We're going to get
this sunshade put away for sure.
That chicken smells good.
Gotta get things ready for on passage.
Yeah. So we're just gonna cook that and we're gonna
Then we're gonna ... do what we do...
Take a seasick pill so I don't get seasick like I did yesterday!
And bugger off!
All right! Let's try Part 2!
Let's have a great day today!
So there's 5.5 knots of apparent wind.
We'd be close hauled anyway
Coz it's coming from over there.
We're off! We actually made it out of
the harbor and we've been motoring what
half an hour? Yeah. Half an hour. I think
we're going to be doing a lot of
motoring today because the apparent wind
is not really very much at all.
It's like we belong to a new club! I was
just thinking that! I was thinking oh my
god we're sailors now, we're real!
This is me but the captain! I'm his best mate! Oh
sorry ... first mate!
Anyway, take the helm. I'm going to turn the radar off.
So what am I keeping it on, 30 degrees?
About thirty, about thirty.
So point us into the wind first and then slow it down
Well there we go!
We're going to be very very close hauled aren't we?
I just think it would be, like, a lot of tacking. Honestly.
We had a rough plan for departure day; we
were going to sail out of the Marina de
les Salinas and take a short trip just
five hours north to an island called
Tabarca. However when we arrived there we
were actually well ahead of time and we
did notice that the island was
absolutely chockers. There were lots of
big boats and small boats and it just
felt as though it was going to be way
too busy for us to anchor or moor for
the very first time. So we continued our
As you can see behind me
we've got no sails.
The wind dropped so we had to resort to
but we've had a good go of
both. We've motored, we've motor sailed
actually and we've also sailed.
So that's not bad for a first day out.
We've decided to go
further than Tabarca Island because it
looked really busy when we passed it,
and we are just passing Benidorm.
And that is Benidorm.
It's a bit hazy - hopefully you can see it.
Next week on Sailing A B Sea we head further
north back to Javea and pick up a free
mooring ball for a couple of nights,
but it turns out to be too rolly, so we
decide to make a quick 8 hour run over
to the Balearic Islands and
our first stop is Formentera.
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