Well, the year is flying by!
It’s already mid March and summer is just around the corner.
In preparation for this year’s sailing season Great Escape has been pulled out of the water and had her bottom scrubbed clean. She was then given a fresh coat of anti-foul and dropped back in the water in readiness for her New Year shake-down sail.
And what a shake-down sail it was… a three day trip down the coast to Gibraltar where she will be working with a local sea school until the end of May.
Unfortunately I couldn’t make the trip due to work commitments but Amanda press-ganged a couple of our friends into service and by all accounts they had an absolutely fantastic time.
During the trip they had a night in Caleta de Velez, a night in Marbella and the final night in Gibraltar. It was a dry boat during the day but my understanding is they made up for it in the evening ;-)
The timing was excellent as Storm Emma blew into town the next day, driving gale force winds and atrocious weather in front of her. If they had set off a day later they would very likely have had to end the trip in Sotogrande, the last marina on the coast before Europa Point and Gibraltar bay.
Great Escape performed admirably on the sail down and Amanda reckons she is faster than ever.
It’s amazing what a nice clean bottom will do for you!!!