Almerimar has been our ‘ California' for the last two years – every time we check in, we never leave. Both times we've had to return to the after missing the hurricane window to cross the Atlantic to the the Caribbean. Will this year be any different?

A long list of jobs, uncertainty surrounding Covid restrictions and a debilitating back injury make it look unlikely, and while working our way through the list the kids create new friendships and really don't want to leave either.

It's not looking hopeful!

Jobs list before leaving the Med:

Water-maker – replace membranes
In-mast electric furler – service
Outhaul electric furler – service
Engine mounts – paint with oxidizer
GPS – wire up correctly
Stern light – remove and re-mound on solar arch
Boat name – change and replace decal
Stanchion post – weld back in place
Rigging – tension
Genoa – Patch
Spinnaker poles – shorten
Spinnaker lines – measure and check
Port electric winch – investigate intermittent operation
Grey water bilge – clean
raft – Service and repair cradle
None slip step trim – cut and fit inn place
Anchor Chain – reverse and paint markers
Outboard 2.3hp – Service
IridiumGO – set up
Saloon Cushions – finish off!
Storage space – create more
Aft Cabin bunk – widen
Engine bay blower – repair pipe
Mast head unit – repair broken light


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