Hello again Boatblog® Fans,
First of all, we would like to apologise to out regular readers for the late publication of this week’s edition of The Boatblog®. This is due to the temporary unavailability of the writers.
HELPING THE POLICIA WITH THEIR ENQUIRIES
Yes, we had a visit from the Policia Maritima, but I am pleased to report that with time off for good behaviour we can now resume normal service.
We have called this episode, “Action & Adventure on the High Seas.” This is in fact a little bit misleading, but if we called it, “More Holiday Snaps,” no one would read it. So “Action & Adventure on the High Seas,” it is. (I’ve worked in advertising, so these things come naturally.)
The main thing that happened this week is that Rory and Joe turned up. Which has certainly livened things up.
We’ve still not caught anything. We did get a bite, but the fish escaped with the lure. So the score at the moment is
…and of course, DRINKING.
But the highlight of the week had to be diving with tuna. If you are in The Algarve and do nothing else, make sure you do this. It’s organised by Tuna Dive Tours (www.tunadivetours.com) and it is fantastic. You get driven out to the tuna farm in a super fast speedboat, then you pop on your SCUBA gear and get in with the fish.
Of course, at all times it is imperative that you look good.
WETSUIT WITH MATCHING LIPSTICK
We got there at feeding time…
That bazooka type thing underneath the crane is actually a Mackerel Gun. Apparently it’s based on an Australian pub game, and it actually fires out mackerel.
Fish fed, it was time to get into the water. You don’t want to go swimming with a thousand hungry tunas.
YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED
Now I’m not one to exaggerate, but there were literally millions of them, and they are huge.
They weigh up to 350kg, which is like five of Ju. Ok maybe four, but whatever it is, they are awesome.
Rory had to go back home on Friday, but Joe stayed with us as we sailed into uncharted waters, up to The Rio Guadiana which is the river that marks the border with Portugal and Spain.
It was on this voyage that disaster struck…
DISASTER STRIKING (reconstruction)
…and we went over a pot buoy.
We came to a very sudden halt, the engine cut out and we were stranded in the middle of the ocean. With complete disregard for her own personal safety, Lyn told Ju to put on the diving mask and flippers and go over the side to see what it was.
Once in the water, he immediately saw the problem.
The propellor was well and truly embedded into the pot buoy, and the rope was wrapped tightly round the prop shaft anchoring us to the bottom. Even if we could free ourselves from the rope, there was no wind, so we couldn’t sail back to port. Somehow, we had to release the propellor. it really was quite a problem.
Not to worry. Super-Ju to the rescue…
With his knife between his teeth he dived into the shark infested waters, sawed through the tangled rope, and somehow manage to wrestle the pot buoy away from the propellor. All those years in the SAS* weren’t wasted.
Exhausted, but triumphant, he clambered back on board. With bated breath, he tried the engine.
What a hero!
And were were able to sail (well, motor technically) on our merry way, accompanied by our friends, the dolphins
And this weeks arty farty photo prize goes to Rory, for his work called simply, “Boat.”
And this is a cool picture of our boat too…
Ju & Lyn
Ayamonte (Spain – but only just)
* South Acton Scouts