|Lost at Sea !!|
We left Monastir, Tunisia for Sardinia late afternoon on Thursday 24th July and covered the 240nm in two nights and a day. Our second night was an interesting one avoiding thunderstorms for a time, so by the time we arrived outside Villasimus Marina, which is situated on the bottom south east side of Sardinia, we were tired, and after dropping anchor went to bed for some catch up sleep. Early afternoon and it is hot. Our anchorage is another gorgeous one with clean clear waters, so I decide on going for a swim. Oh help, we have a MAJOR problem !!!!!!!! As I was swimming around the boat I noticed we had lost, yes bloody well lost, our port prop !!!! HOW – we have no idea. WHY – we still have no idea. WHEN – Saturday 26th July. WHERE - we think somewhere between 3 and 38nm off the southern coast of Sardinia as we were using the port engine before that. Alec thought our speed was a little slow once we had dropped the sails to motor into the bay, but put it down to the sea conditions as we were motoring straight into the wind with a bit of a sea running. Then, when we dropped anchor he had trouble keeping the boat straight as he reversed to dig the anchor in. The port prop was last removed 14 months ago and has done over 5,000nm since. This time in the boat yard in Tunisia we did not have to touch it apart from giving it a clean and painting on another coat of prop speed to help stop the growth of barnacles.
We spent a couple of hours in the water looking around just where we had anchored just in case it had fallen off there, but no luck. So the following morning after searching through the cruising guide for a marina that had a travel lift big enough to lift a catamaran, we upped anchor and headed on up the east coast 56nm to a place called Arbatax. We contacted our Insurance Company who came to the party thank goodness. It was then a matter of just waiting for the replacement prop to be shipped down from Denmark. We were told it could take up to 11 days. In this day and age with express mail delivery etc. we found that quite absurd, but there was nothing we could do about it but wait. Emails went back and forth between us, the Insurance Company and the Italian agent who we had to go through. We thought the guy must be bringing it down on the back of his bicycle from Denmark !!!!