01/07/18 Sun. The start of the 2018 Golden Globe round the
World race - good luck to all 17 contestants! Removed all the panelling in the nav. berth
again, trying to find the fault which left us with no saloon lights last
night. It turned out to be a faulty connection on the switch panel
fuse holder. I then enlarged the hole into which the old VHF unit
was fitted, to accommodate the new, bigger sized radio.
04/07/18 Weds. After four days of repairing damaged switch
connectors, taking the main switch panel out numerous times, replacing
fuse holders and switches, I finally got everything working as it should
this afternoon and the panels are all back in place. A "silent
mode" option on the AIS took some while to figure out - I have always
been able to go into 'silent' mode from my iPad via wifi, but wanted a
manual switch on the panel. The destructions for the AIS say to
connect the brown wire, via a switch to earth in order to achieve this,
but when I did that, nothing happened! Irrespective of
switch position, my vessel position was still transmitted. After
checking and re-checking the earth continuity, the switch, the wiring,
the connections (several times) I still could not switch off
transmissions! By accident, I discovered that the unit has to be
re-configured by wifi in order for the external switch to take effect -
nothing in the instruction manual about that!! All working and OK
05/07/18 Thurs. Fitted a new fan in the saloon, a quieter
more efficient one for when we are at anchor. The Golden Globe
contestants are having a hard time in the Bay of Biscay. Susie
Goodall, the only British entrant is currently lying in 9th place.
07/07/18 Sat. Susie moved up into 5th place in the GGR
yesterday, but is now being challenged by the Russian Igor Zaretskiy.
We went up to the Back Yacht to watch England vs Sweden during the
evening with John, Carol and Isabelle - not a very exciting match but at
least England won and are through to the semi-finals.
09/07/18 Mon. At the ferry terminal by 7.30am this morning,
caught speedboat to Menumbok and the 9.30 bus to Kota Kinabalu for some
Had an afternoon wandering the shopping malls.
11/07/18 Weds. So yesterday we found the clinic where I had
an appointment with the doc, a skin specialist named Dr Melinda Tong.
She gave me a thorough examination and told me the spot on my shoulder
was probably a Basal Cell Carcinoma and I would have to have a biopsy
"When are you going back to Labuan?" she asks and when I told her tomorrow,
she says come back at 4pm and we will do it then. So off we go to
Karamunsing shops only to get a phone call at 3pm saying "come in now".
Great service - shortly afterwards it's all done and stitched up!
Now to wait lab results and go back then. Today we got the bus
back to Menumbok, only to find the weather was too bad for speedboats to
run, so had to get the slower car ferry to Labuan, arriving back around
4pm. Great news that the Thai boys trapped in the caves have all
been rescued, sad that one Navy Seal diver lost his life in the rescue.
Susie Goodall is holding on to her 5th position, now being challenged by
a guy from Estonia.
12/07/18 Thurs. So England are out of the World Cup, beaten
2-1 by Croatia in extra time. Oh, well........Susie is still
holding on to 5th place!
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