In rain and fresh winds I managed to back the old girl into the Travelift pen. To my surprise, given her wilful and difficult behaviour when being driven in reverse. I was lucky to have the able assistance of two fellow topers – John and Elizabeth Briggs (Canadian yacht “Pegasus”), who earned a well-deserved lunch for their heroic efforts.
Now Tainui sits high and dry, ready for 3 months of much needed rest from her obstreperous and badly ground-down skipper. She is all bundled up and now stands on the hard at La Linea in Spain, just across the border from Gibraltar.
I’m off to another world, and quite looking forward to a rest.