First almost sail of the season

Life is like the river, ebbing and flowing and rarely smooth.

The new battery whizzes out to Capella. Everything is almost set, except the depth sound reads no depth. Tear the boat apart to find the sensor, get the fault finding guide from the Raymarine website (BT 4G on the mooring), still nothing. It worked the week previous, so perhaps there is just something attached to the sensor underneath. There no way of checking with out diving gear, and a diver to put in it so we decide we’ll motor down the channel and sail back on the genoa.

We get everything ready to go – but engine is very reluctant to start (started fine yesterday). It took so long we decided we better motor to Pin Mill just to recharge the battery, which we did. We’d gone about 3 boat lengths when the depth sound started working again. hooray!

So motoring down to number 4 buoy we passed seal, then a bit later we saw it again, a rare treat to seem them once but we ended up seeing him 3 times on that trip.

We rounded No 4 unwound the genoa and started the return leg under sail, but it didn’t last long. We got to No.5 when we lost the wind and started drifting slowly backwards. So back on with the engine and motored all the way back again.

Lovely afternoon to be on a boat, just the noise of the engine spoiling it a little. Still lots of season left as yet.