This was a new experience for us; rather than just meeting up with people in places we set out ‘in company’ with Scarlett.
We set off on Tuesday morning, the 19th, heased for the small harbour of Palairos. It was only a couple of hours away so we stopped off in Port Atheni, a small bay known to Graeme and Jayne non the north coast of Nisos Meganisi, anchoring for lunch and a swim before resuming our passage.
Unfortunately when we arrived at Palairos the harbour was completely full. We found out later there is no one to take port fees and so it is effectuvely free to moor, so it is full of thrifty locals! We then tried the almost empty harbour of Vounaki just south of there, only to be shooed away because it is a ‘Private Harbour’. We returned to anchor off Palairos.
So, settling down to our anchor, we had drinks aboard Scarlett and, being unable to wait out the next winds in Palairodecided to return to Sivota, or try to; we’d be trying to get in during the Regatta. As we left the following morning Valeria rang Martino, who runs the pontoon we’d been on and whose number we’d taken. Martino is Italian and Valeria used the tried and tested ‘Ciao bello! ‘ tactic and managed to secure us two berth, despite the regatta. The passage back was great as we actually sailed most of the way back to Sivota, getting back onto Martino’s pontoon before the afternoon rush.
And we were so lucky that Martino found us places, as the afternoon and evening wore on you needed a shoehorn to squeeze boats in and could probably walk from one side of the bay to the other across the decks of anchored yachts.
We paid up until Sunday morning when we hope to be able to set off north again towards Corfu.