July Logbook

In-between storms

Three hours running the engine; 5 nm sailing and motoring.

Wind: Force 3-4 westerly
Log: 4235 nm
Engine hours: 609    Log: 4236 nm

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Oil Change

A British summer

A week aboard and a run of summer storms and generally foul weather got a few jobs done on Mai Rival

  • oil change
  • lockers painted (the first coat of International paint’s white dandelion on the port saloon lockers  And starboard galley locker)
  • New oven partially fitted
  • gangway stairs repaired
  • Shelves fitted (saloon & galley lockers)

Current log: 4230 nm

Engine hours: 606 (480 since leaving the Black Sea)

Relying on angels

France, south to north, Marseille to Calais – 1267 km, 206 locks and around 10 km’s of tunnels.

From Marseille on the treacherous River Rhone to Arles, Avignon, Le Pouzin, Valence and Lyon; Along the River Saone to the Champagne canal systems via Jorquenay, Reims and eventually Calais.

“Don’t do the canals,” I said to the boat parked behind in the picture above, rather choose the Bay of Biscay.
“Id consider doing it in a tug, not a sail boat with a mast,” the captain replied.

Words I may borrow for some time.

Log: 4082 nm

Thursday, 18th May 2017