|Elise, Gordon & Steve|
Thanksgiving Dinner 2013, RC Louise
Repairs have got under way but it is a frustratingly slow process. At first Kevin was busy gathering insurance quotes, finding a shipping company for the rudder etc but now we have to wait for the tasks to be done. A sturdy new pulpit has appeared on the bow, but as yet no navigation lights. The mainsail has been repaired but remains on the sail loft floor, Kevin will go and assist the sailmaker to fold it again next week. Sprayhood repairs will be completed on Monday or Tuesday but the rudder has unfortunately been seriously delayed by a lack of suitable steel, we hope for good news tomorrow on that front. All in all it looks like we'll be celebrating Christmas here.
|Oud-Arn, Tracy, Susie & Kevin|
|Fitting the new pulpit|
Mainly we have been sorting out storage for the massive amount of provisions that four people will need for six weeks and beyond. Provisioning occupies our thoughts continually as we think through storage, ideas for menus, discover from other cruisers strategies for preserving fresh stuff as long as possible etc and is a welcome distraction from the repair project.
Our trip across the pond will take three weeks or perhaps four if we spend some time in the Cape Verdes, add a contingency of at least a week and extra stores as the Caribbean can be expensive. (Did we mention that this is our revised destination as we don't fancy the 1200 mile of headwinds the Pilot Atlas predicts to the east of Brazil late January early February?)
Food for six weeks plus is therefore required. Fresh foods like meat and veg are simply not going to last that long so Temptress has to be loaded with tins and dry stores like flour, pulses and beans. Potentially four weeks of eating meals made from canned food means variety will be key to keeping the crew happy so we are also adding tins never normally consumed like peaches - for breakfast as well as for desert and frankfurters (can you make a decent sausage casserole with these?). Utilising our hire car we've bought a massive amount of stuff already and have got to know what Lidl, Hiperdino and Eurospar offer. The focus has been on long term, heavy stuff like tins plus items we may not easily find "over there" like favourite coffee, shampoo and the like. More perishable items can wait until the crew arrive in January. We've also purchased foodstuffs that are relatively cheap here like powdered milk and washing up liquid. And edible items unique to Spain such as a vacuum packed cooked chicken (best before Feb 2014), hard cheeses (keep forever) and chorizios (also keeps for a long long time). But where to put it all?
|Dry Stores & UHT Milk|
|Some of the bottles and jars|
|Surrounded by tins - we mark the contents on the top|
making it easier to spot what's what from above
|Wine for drinking before we leave!|
Under the saloon table are currently two folding crates full of tins of veg, jars of potatoes, tetra packs of sugar and jars of Nescafe Alta Rica. Saloon lockers are beginning to fill with dry stores like pasta and rice but we know there will be more to come; flour, yeast, kidney beans (if we can find them), drinking chocolate, the provisions list is endless and the quantities measured in kilos or dozens.
|One locker space Jeanneau hadn't though of!|
The ongoing debate is how/where we'll store kilograms of potatoes which need cool and dark conditions to survive without sprouting. Usually we have a couple of kilos under the galley sink but the space is too small for much more. The cool box will be turned into the boat's fruit and veg store and the beer in the fridge will have to give way to dairy stuff and fresh meat for the first part of the voyage. We collected plastic egg boxes in Morocco to protect four dozen eggs or so (the actually quantity is a bit of a weird number as eggs came in fifteens or dozens). Apparently eggs keep for long periods unrefrigerated (and they rarely are on Temptress) if turned every couple of days. There is space on top of the sail repair box to stow the boxes though they probably will need some padding (an alternative use for beach towels?).
|The skipper nose in a good book|
|Remind anyone of DXB? Actually Playa Blanca|
|The square at Femes|
|Beating to windward off Punta Pechiguera|
|The lighthouse, Punta Pechiguera|