Dauntless is finally back in the water. In spite of holidays, vacations and other national disasters.
The Spanish, at least in southern Spain, have a penchant for bureaucracy, that would make ___ proud. Even if you stop in a marina and just stay overnight, one night, they make a file for you. Even though everything is on the computer, everything is also in that file.
It’s a bureaucracy that is at best redundant and at worst really f…ing annoying.
However, I do recall that in Lisbon, you could not leave until you checked out and you could not check out if the office was closed. Yes, that meant no early morning departures to take advantage of tides or weather.
Next week in Morocco, I’ll probably have to east all of these words. Umm, I hope they are tasty.
While picking up my laundry, we decided to go to the grocery, I figured maybe I’d get fresh milk and a few other things. $150 later we had a grocery cart full of stuff. I figured where am I going to get anything cheaper between here and even in the Caribbean? So now once again I have a half year’s supply of: sardines, anchovies, dried sausages, mustards, toilet paper, UHT milk (I use for my morning coffee) some fresh goods and even mayonnaise. (The Hellman’s mayonnaise in Europe requires no refrigeration [what I have been saying for 30 years], what changed, the marketing folks finally figured out Italians were not going to buy mayonnaise they had to put in their small, dorm room sized, fridges.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll wash the boat, refill water tanks and leave for Gibraltar.
One night at anchor underway, then Gib for two nights, leaving for Africa, Morocco, Sunday morning, winds allowing. We’ll stop in Rabat for two weeks, allowing us to do some exploring.
I want to be in the Canaries be the end of November and Barbados before Christmas.
As a reminder, you can get a position of Dauntless within the last 10 minutes at: Share.Deloreme.com/Dauntless
Richard on Dauntless heading south
In the Meantime, even the Birds are Talking