Our schedule calls for a Friday, 8 AM departure on the next leg to Horta, Azores, weather permitting. So, Thursday is the day to refuel and hit the grocery store for fresh whatever, mainly veggies. We’ve got to cross the harbor from the Dinghy Club to get diesel at our appointed hour, 9 AM. That’s because with our combined need is large enough to get a significant price break by ordering up a fuel truck. After refueling, we will anchor, rather than return to the Club.
Those are absorbent sheets in Bob’s right hand, but the process was completed at all four tanks without spilling a drop. Did I already mention this? Moxie’s fuel capacity is 2,250 gallons. We used about a third of that on the first leg. The other boats have a similar capacity, except for Aleoli, which clocks in at 1,740 gallons.
True to form, all the best scheduling didn’t eliminate a ton of waiting around. One fuel truck, five boats. Yeah. In fact, it was past 1900 hours before the last, Aleoli, finished up and found a spot to anchor. Interesting bit of trivia on Aleoli: owner Stephan calculated that there was inadequate built-in tankage to get across the next stretch to Horta, given the reserve he wished to maintain. So, he has purchased a 300-gallon fuel bladder to sit in the cockpit. As the main fuel tanks begin to have room, they will pump fuel from the bladder into them. I have a picture of the empty bladder, in place, but not with it filled. I will attempt to remedy that tomorrow.
Groceries were easy and took no time at all. The refer is stuffed, again. Several boats’ crew had time to bus into Hamilton, in search of fishing lures, lipstick, bubble gum, etc. Moxie was settled on the hook and had the dinghy down before 1430. Still, it seemed too short a time to embark on much of an adventure. Shar & I went into St. George’s for a bit of strolling and an early dinner.
So, we’re set. Except the weather isn’t. A gale and seas to 10 ft. are forecast for Friday; winds will abate on Saturday, but the seas will continue to churn to 8 ft. At this point, we’re thinking Sunday is the likely leave date, but will reassess as the weekend progresses. So, we’ve got more time to explore.