Leaving Sami on Thursday 9 July we headed around the coast to Argostoli to visit our friend Keith . As we arrived Tracey came out from the UK to join him. So we invited them, and an expat friend of theirs, Mike, to spend a day on board with us.
As we waited for the right weather Keith kindly took us to do a bit of shopping. He also let me use his patio to cut out the final sections of canvas for my dinghy chaps.
We planned an over night trip around to Spartia. There we’d anchor, BBQ and chill and return the following day. But when Keith, Tracey and Mike arrived on the morning of Tuesday 14 July they brought so much food and drink with them we decided we would have to stay out for two nights just to get through what they’d brought!
As voyages go it was hardly epic. It was just 12 miles around the coast to Lourdas Bay to anchor off the beach at Spartia. But we had almost perfect light wind sailing conditions and we managed to use every sail we have. Just the Main and Jib to start with but as the wind progressively shifted around we hauled out the Code Zero for an hour then flew the Cruising Chute.
As we got towards our anchorage the wind began to drop and ended up right behind us which would have required us to gybe back and forth frequently. So we faced a decision ….. sail or BBQ. Hmmmm. We dropped the sails and motored the last mile or so and were anchored by 1.30 pm!
We spent that afternoon and the following day at anchor, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, BBQing and even a spot of exploring in the tender. Our guests endured the extra unplanned day away with amazing patience and fortitude. On Thursday morning as we set off for Argostoli apparently regretted not bringing more food …….
We are now just waiting for a parcel to arrive from the UK and some poor weather to pass. Then we’ll set off east into the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth for a couple of weeks.