Edward Moss, our Church Treasurer, is all at sea in the Western Mediterranean! From there, courtesy of his Blackberry, he sends the following postcard.
Away for sailing training in Gibraltar, spending a week improving my boat and sail handling skills, rope work, knots & how to make coffee whilst the boat / stove is moving. Earlier in the week sailed the Straits of Gibraltar to the African coastal town of Cueta, which politically remains part of Spain. Here the fish ‘tagine’ dishes are flavoured with nuts, dates, apricots and served with refreshing mint tea. The food in Gibraltar in contrast is conservatively British and not at all reminiscent of Manchester’s cultural diversity.
The winds are quite strong for this time of year, so the crew has to be quick with their ropes & moving around the boat. The local fishermen present another hazard when they change course frequently sailing between their nets which at times are difficult to spot as they’re marked by the smallest of flags. A net wrapped around the boat’s keel would make things difficult.
One evening took a tour of historical tunnels dug into the Gibraltar rock. Started hundreds of years ago, the tunnels were expanded in WW2 into what appears to be a multi-mile complex.