Pip had plenty to do during the Madeira stop-over. There wasn’t much time to spare but Pip and the boat seemed to leave for the Leg 2 start in good shape.
Pip had a problem with wind data on the first leg. She found a nick in the cable that runs up the mast to the windvane so cut the damaged section out during the passage. The problem persisted so she rang Raymarine from Madeira. They suggested that water may have penetrated the cable and so sent out a new one with Pip’s mum Mary, who arrived on the 8th. One of the auto-pilot rams broke too, so Mary also bought out one of these. We replaced the mast cable and the ram and the pilot computer and Pip got towed out on the day before the start to do the circles necessary to calibrate it all. Success !
Apart from the obvious bailing out,(lots of water gets into minis) washing kit and cleaning the boat we also serviced the winches which had started to run backwards, and checked and re-spliced the halyards and guys.
On Saturday 8th we took part in a race with about 30 other minis, aimed to give the local children the opportunity to go sailing, and we steered round the course by our very own 10 year old !
Towards the start Pips mum did no end of printing and laminating of met. and navigation data, which saw the local printer cartridge shop do the best business it had known for years ! Her Dad arrived on 10th and was also kept very busy !
(Thanks to Ash Harris for this update from Madeira)