|Port-Aft Cabin - two bunks full of stuff to leave ashore|
With storage ashore kindly provided by our home marina slowly we are emptying cupboards and shelves as well as the port aft cabin, which in live-aboard mode is used for stowage but will be required for crew accommodation from Thursday. It is proving to be a great opportunity to clean places seldom reached! Meanwhile the boat is a mess with piles of things everywhere until it goes ashore. However during this unexpected spring clean we have even gone through those boxes of spares that every boat carries - plumbing bits, light bulbs and deck gear - throwing away rusting objects whose original purpose is a mystery to both skipper and first mate and reinstating some order to each box in case the contents are needed in a hurry.
|Three Boxes of Books & Bears|
On deck, the outboard and the main anchor with its more than 75m of chain are earmarked for leaving behind. The anchor and chain are already resting in the marina mud and the bow sits a full inch higher. Our lighter, secondary gear of 30 m of chain attached to lots of warp has been retrieved from the bottom of the anchor well and the smaller CQR attached - it won't hold us in a big blow but will kedge us if the tide proves unfavourable for progress on the race course.
|Staying Afloat - Boat Ted & Vase|
By Saturday afternoon five crew and their kit will be on board ready for Sunday's first race to Cherbourg so it's only a very temporary weight loss! Then in a couple of weeks we'll be trying to stow it all again prior to our summer cruise but at least the cabins & lockers will be cleaner.