Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back in Oban – Day 3

[Kyle]The weather was cold, wet and miserable the next morning. Most of the outside jobs were done the day before and the inside of Footprint was no longer an obstacle course. We made short work of running through pretty much the rest of our list of systems checks and putting things back together. During lulls in the weather, we would both go out on deck and get as much of bending the sails on as we could before the next shower. After three or four attempts, they were furled nicely with the lines tidied up. By the end of the day, we even had the engine up and running.

Everything worked fine. Footprint was basically as we left her – except for a coat of yard mud. The spot where she is shored up does not have access to water so my dreams of giving her a good wash are going to have to wait until she’s at a dock. They’re going to have to dredge that spot after we leave.

It was also our seventh Anniversary (Pi/π Day, since it falls on 3.14, March 14th that is). As Anniversaries go, I have to say, I think it was our worst. We were both grubby with dirt, grease and engine oil. It was freezing out and every time either of us wanted to pee, we had to traverse a 300m mud puddle, same for brushing our teeth or doing the dishes.

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