Having enjoyed the generous hospitality of family in London we’re now in Gibraltar. Yesterday we spent most of the day aboard ship waiting to unload “Loki”. They had eleven yachts onboard surrounded by containers, stacked in like sardines. They started unloading a soon as they reached port on Monday afternoon, exactly eight weeks since leaving Brisbane. We went down for a quick look after she arrived, happy to see Loki in one piece.
There’s a small army of people involved in the unloading. It was interesting watching them at work. We were the last boat off yesterday. There were a few nervous moments as they were lifting her off her cradle. The loadmaster said: “When we lift don’t be concerned if she lurches forward. That’s deliberate to keep her clear of the container behind”. Except she went back!!! We watched slightly open-mouthed as 15 tonne of yacht nudged into the container at her stern a couple of times. Luckily some well-placed fenders prevented any damage to the transom.
We’re now at Queensway Quay Marina, where we’ll spend a few days doing maintenance and odd-jobs. As I write this Fitzy is on deck madly hosing. “Salt is the enemy!” The weather’s starting to warm up, but we’d like to spend some time in Morocco before we venture north from here. The plan is to leave the boat here whilst we go south. We’ll probably then sail from here early May.
Hope all is good back home. Please don’t forget to comment or email us with any news.