Rota

Having set off from Faro the previous evening we arrived off Rota at sunrise on the 30th and ran straight into a bank of fog requiring me to slow right down and creep towards the port cautiously.   The radar would have been useful but there is no substitute for a safe speed and a good lookout.   Having just dissed the technology the fact we have a GPS chart plotter made the navigation simple.   We got into Rota at about 9 am just as the sun was burning the fog away and went to the arrivals pontoon to book in and pay for our stay, a huge 24 Euros, before moving off to a berth for the night.

Once settled I started making phone calls to BandG, the radar manufacturers.   They have a European phone system which meant that although I was calling a UK number from southern Spain I was answered by a guy in Norway who passed me to a technician in Sweden …. who wasn’t at his desk.  Long story short, lots of phone calls and messages left and finally was promised I would be contacted by the guy in Spain who markets BandG equipment who would arrange local support. …… On a Friday afternoon …… in Spain ……… really?

And for the technically minded, yes I did turn it off and on again.

The afternoon we spent wandering around Rota.   It is a picturesque old town and appeared to be closed.   There was the old bar or restaurant open but the streets were virtually deserted. 

Street scene in Rota
Street scene in Rota
Salon Cultural, Castillo de Luna
Salon Cultural, Castillo de Luna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a couple of beers and some tapas and then returned to the boat and gave the decks a clean.  Mauro is convinced that elephants can fly after the size of some of the ‘deposits’ we washed off the coach roof.   I finished off the day with some laundry and topping up the water tank.

I rang a marina in Gibraltar and booked us a berth for the weekend, then we had dinner, some wine and watched some TV before turning in with a 5 am start to look forward to the following morning for our trip to Gib.

 

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