Day 33: Friday 17 April
So we woke to a weather forecast that predicts both boats being stuck here until Tuesday. The skipper cooked perfect poached eggs for breakfast then let out a load more anchor chain as a precaution. We are in six metres with sixty metres of chain out, that should keep us safe!
Food has become an all consuming issue (excuse the pun); what to make that best uses the rapidly declining supply of fresh stuff before it goes off and, having opened a can of sauerkraut, what else can we do with it. So tonight’s supper looks like being a sort of shepherds pie. The base will be lentil ‘mince’, then a layer of sauerkraut topped with mashed potato. The potatoes are enormous, of the one will feed two hungry people size; have peeled and cooked two so we have some mash to fry up or something tomorrow.
Spent an hour this morning emailing harbour authorities, marinas and so forth along a potential route through the Mediterranean. The request was for the ability for a yacht in transit to refuel and re-provision. If nothing else the exercise gave me something to do. Malta is completely closed despite its strategic position so no joy there. Gibraltar I’ve established, we can put in for fuel, which is good news, waiting for the marinas there to respond regarding a provisioning stop. Also emailed two options on Crete, one of which we know another boat has headed to, plus one in Sardinia and one in Sicily. Let’s see what responses we get.
Meanwhile Kevin and Jules, well mostly Jules, dismantled the watermaker and replaced the membrane. A task Jules has done before to his own. Hoping for better quality water when they’ve done. They discovered another leak on the high pressure side which wasn’t helping and patched it up with stuff from our old inflatable dinghy’s repair kit. The dinghy has long gone but the kit was kept just in case. Anyway the water quality was back in the drinkable range, just, which was a relief so started filling the tank. However the reduction in pressure due to the leaks soon made its impact and the quality deteriorated. For now we have to accept we have no watermaker and will need to fill the tanks from the shore wherever we can. Water usage is therefore severely rationed until we reach Suez.
In one of those swaps that good neighbours do, Jules brought over cake and custard with a request from Silver Tern’s galley slave for some cooking oil! We were happy to oblige having recently discover a litre of sunflower oil in the bilge store boxes. The unexpected pud was lovely, thx Lori!
And finally the supper was brilliant. Sauerkraut as a layer under the potatoes is an inspired idea. Thank-you to my Facebook friends for all the sauerkraut ideas. We will be trying another one tomorrow night.