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June 12, 2009

Back to Zamindar

After being extorted by Easyjet for my vaguely overweight luggage at 5am & sent to the back of a long queue to pay the excess, I was dangerously close to missing my flight - which the staff seemed to be quite happy with. I skipped to the front of the security queue, sprinted across the airport, as my gate was the furthest away, and got there just in time to board.

Arriving in Almeria, tired and weary, I stepped out into the sunlight and heat and felt alive again - the last week in dreary Britain had been tough. I caught a taxi to Almerimar and was felt even better to see that Zamindar was fine.

I started off on the long list of jobs that would put her back into sailing condition. Just putting one bolt into the sprayhood, however, ended up taking over 2 hours, and afterwards, weary and disgusted, I headed off to a cafe seeking solace.

June 20, 2009


Yesterday, Zamindar finally splashed back into the water. The previous day had been full of Spanish frustrations... trying to get the anti-fouling done, it turned out to be full of lumps... trying to service the seacocks, 3 of them turned out to be seized and one of the handles broke off... and of course no-one was able to work on them until the following week. In the end I sorted them out myself and rushed over to the marina office at 19:00 to pay my bill and book Zamindar to be launched the next morning.

I worked late into the night, finishing off the seacocks, checking the engine, and cleaning fenders, then crashed out in bed and woke up at 08:00 to the sound of the Travelift.

The launch went pretty smoothly. The seacocks held. The engine started. And I managed to drive her around to the berth and moor her without screwing it up.

It's really good to be back in the water, I've missed it. So peaceful and relaxed, feeling the gentle movement of the boat and lying in bed hearing fish occasionally nibbling at the hull. I still have a huge list of things to take care of onboard, but somehow it feels like the most important part is done.