Yesterday we planned the trip to Guernsey, with all the currents, harbour entrances and radio channels. In the morning we started with 15 knots of wind, but still big waves. Ilian and Nael fell asleep as usual after the second tack for the next 2-3 hours. After an hour of upwind sailing Asia and Gaia didn’t feel well. Another five hours in these conditions would probably spoil them sailing and so we decided to comfortably sail back to St. Helier.
Back in the Marina was low tide of course and we fastened our boat in the entrance to the other waiting boats.
Back in the Marina was low tide of course and we fastened our boat in the entrance to the other waiting boats. The children were allowed to feed the seagulls and fish with the old bread, that’s one of their favorite activities. After lunch, the children clambered around a bit on the boat and we started to chat a bit with the neighbours. They told us of their 5-year circumnavigation with the kids. They recommended us a wind pilot. In winter we really have to take time to look at the various systems, because Bruno (that’s how we call our autopilot) eventually can be tired.
Later in the afternoon the 2m-barrier was under water again and every boat prepared to enter. But our engine didn’t start. *. What to do now? The man in the motorboat who directs all boats to their places, helped us. He fastened his smaller boat to ours, and “Let’s go!”. He quickly brought our Bajka to the pontoon and turned it nicely in place by 180°. Afterwards we cared about the engine. We asked Nael for his magic. After a little “Hocus Pocus Fidibus” the engine was running again. Not really reassuring. We have to investigate further.