No blogs for weeks – Are we still alive?

I have desperately been trying to find the time to send a blog to continue  bringing you up to date with our Amazonian cruise. But life has been such a  hectic whirl of night passages and exploring the fascinating and rarely visited  countries we’ve been passing through that I’m afraid there has been no time.
I last left you in St Laurent du Maroni on the border of French Guiana and  Suriname. Since then we have sailed to the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo,  thence onwards to the Essiquibo River in Guyana (once British Guiana). There we  left the boat at anchor for four days and went on a fascinating tour of the  country. As I type we are now approaching Tobago. So I’ve got lots to tell you,  but I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a little longer.
After a luxurious respite, the gremlins are back again, and may have  delivered their coup de grace. Yesterday, the engine packed up as we were  leaving the Essequibo River. By now, I like to think I know my way around a  diesel engine. I’ve tried everything without success to get the engine running  again, but it looks like it could be the injection pump. This box of tricks is  perhaps the most complicated part of the engine. Apart from being very  expensive, they almost never give any problems so almost no one carries a spare  – me included. They also require specialist skills to install them. So tomorrow  we’re going to have to sail into the anchorage in Scarborough in Tobago and  start the process of getting it sorted. And until we do get it sorted, in  Scarborough we will have to remain.
What I will try and do in the interim is to post some position reports with  lat/longs so at least you will be able to see on the map where we’ve been.
Sorry folks, I’ll get back to you as soon as time and gremlins  allow.

Tim Barker is a sailor and occasional adventurer. Since 2004, Mina2, his Oyster 485 yacht, and he (with the Downstairs Skipper and a wonderful bunch of friends) have sailed from the Arctic to the Antarctic and many places in between. Come join their adventures and read Tim's award winning blogs and journals from the comfort of your own computer screen.

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