The last few days have been psychologically quite testing: following the problem with smoke from the engine at Easter, and the disappointment that neither the service nor the injector change solved the problem, the experts started to scratch their heads and talk about failed piston rings and the engine having to come out of the boat to be stripped down and re-built; by yesterday evening, therefore, I was convinced that we were looking at a fortnight’s delay at least.
Then, this morning, a very experienced marine engineer took another look, examined various aspects of the engine, and decided it is just old and worn (I know the feeling) but should happily see us round Britain, so I went through another 180˚ rethink.
Now, however, we appear to be facing a week of easterly winds and rain, ie the wind is coming from where we wish to go, so, yet again, we have decided to delay our start and wait for better conditions. My head is spinning like a top - but at least I now have time to recover from the inevitable slipped deadlines on every other front! Oddly enough, last time I ‘went round’, we left in the middle of May and it looks as though we might yet be doing the same again - such is sailing!
Watch this space!