Our friend Koert from the Nederland who has helped us a lot on this journey is on his summer holiday sailing down the coast of England.
We really wanted to meet him and his wife and have a beer. As the days went by this plan was looking worse and worse.
It is a good thing that we are used to constantly correcting our plan because all things that happen to us makes it necessary. As Koert and his wife have sailed down the English coast for a few years, they never got past Portland. They really wanted to succeed with that this year so during the day they started to move which ment that we were not going to meet with them today, as Portland would be far too much for one day.
Talking about plans that change, our plans also changed today. Our friend Dag who is going to join us for the crossing over the Biscay Bay came one day early and sent us a text saying he were at the airport.
We directed him to Portsmouth as he had about 3 hours on the train to get there and we had about 3 hours to Portsmouth if we started the motor, so we did.
On the way in to Portsmouth we discovered that the engine had stopped charging the batteries. We were actually thinking that we had lots of power but the batteries were running quite low.
We had to turn of the fridge to save power to be able to us lights as it was getting dark.
Dag came to the train station about 10 minutes before we docked close by. Talk about perfect timing. As we now had a charging problem there was no way we could go on sailing trough the night to get to Poole as our new destination.
After picking up Dag we just crossed over the Portsmouth channel sailing 500 meters to the nearest marina for the night, where we could charge all the batteries and sail to Poole in the morning.