- How it all began
- Phasing out from The Moorings Owner’s Programme
- The Project List
- Haul out day
- Lazy days at Levkas Marina
- Finalising the boat paperwork
- Untying the lines
- Searching for ‘Donkey’
- Boat maintenance in exotic locations
- Coffee and solar cake!
- Last minute change to the passage plan
- Searching for Myrto
- A taste of the city in Corfu Town
- Victory and failure in one night
- Teeth grinding, and hoops of joy, at 9.4 knots
- Introducing the ‘freeloaders’
- June-July 2018
- Sharing Nemrod with friends, and discovering Ormos Afales
- Not in the pilot guide
- Yoga on board
The next few days were spent acclimatising, stocking up on groceries, and visiting chandleries…oh and visiting chandleries….did I mention visiting chandleries? Scott had a list of projects he wanted to complete on the boat, which all seemed to need a different piece of kit, so we got to know all the local business owners pretty well. I tried out my elementary Greek to buy some engine oil for the dinghy, but only received a blank stare in response, so I guess I need practice.
The projects included:
- cleaning and polishing hull
- wiring in an anchor chain counter and installing anchor controls from the helm
- wiring in USB charger points
- installing new swim ladder
So lots of fun stuff for Scott to fill his days with while aboard.
Afternoon naps featured heavily for me, as I caught up on many months of light sleeping. Mmm – what a treat.
We are so glad we have the folding bikes on board, so useful for shopping trips and to keep active. We are both on a mission to lose a few kilos, so our diet consists of lots of Greek salad, lean meat and few sweets. Not such a hardship in this climate to be honest. One of the hardware stores had a weighing scales that revealed we had both lost 2 kilos in a week. Twins!
The main event on Saturday was a half marathon around the town, so we went along to watch the start. It was similar to many events we see in the UK with an announcer motivating everyone for the start, music, fanfare. It was great fun to watch, and made me think – I could do that! My mind is unfortunately fitter than my body right now, so the reality of me doing a half marathon would be somewhat different to what I had in mind. I was most excited by the countdown that enabled me to practice my Greek numbers.