Re: sea exploring
G Webster (email@example.com)
Sat, 15 Feb 1997 22:17:32 GMT
To all of you that have requested that I stay around thanks. It's
great to feel wanted. Ok I linger awhile and tell you a little about myself.
I'm a born again scout. Many (many) years ago I was a very keen (if
not particularly accomplished) scout and venture scout and eventually
Assistant Scout Leader. Having lost touch with scouting when I left
the UK to work in the USA for 18 months (and staying for 10 years).
I became involved with scouting again just 6 months ago. My son had
joined a local cub pack which is part of a sea scout group here in
Coventry. I turned up one night on the delivery run and found they
were short handed that night, I've been back as a helper every pack
night since. We are actually a very small group but if I have
anything to do with it it will be bigger and better in the future
than in the immediate (I'm not to sure of the history of the group) past.
For those of you in the dark, Coventry is in the centre of England,
just about as far from the sea as possible in the U.K. Having
experienced both cultures I know that the 80 miles ? or so will seem
trivial on the western side of the pond but it sure is a long way here.
My personal experience (non-scouting) with the sea is pretty much
confined to a couple of trips over each of the past few years. Last
year we sailed from Plymouth (England) to Tregier? (France) the trip
over was rough F6. The return was worse F7-8. We were headed so we
could not make Plymouth so we headed for Dartmouth and.... naturally
the auxillary failed, water in the fuel. I was on the helm so I did
not see the efforts of the crew in the engine room but eventually
they said try it and it worked. We were able to motor into the
estuary and moor up. They had cut the bottom off a pop bottle
(drinking the contents first), invered the bottle and connected it
with tape and tubing to the fuel pump. They then filled the bottle
with a tumbler filled from the spare fuel can. The recirculator was
pumping the excess fuel into the contaminated fuel tank so the
tumbler was in constant duty. Who knows you may need to do the same someday.
Any way I taken up enough of your bandwidth. I'll let you all know
if anthing of interest occurs with me or my pack,