|Mike's last supper|
Thursday night we all went out for dinner to mark Mike's departure, a simple meal in the central piazza of Skopelos town; it was a meal rather reminiscent of the stalls in Singapore; tables in the centre and food from any one of a variety of tavernas surrounding the square. Mike duly departed next morning on the 0715 fast catamaran to Skiathos and I settled down to a day of victualling and maintenance. With the winds forecast to be strong northerlies within the next 48 hours David and I decided that we would stay here and see it through before putting to sea. No point in volunteering for a wet uncomfortable beat to windward!
|The sea outside!|
Next day, Saturday, an Australian flag, Brisbane registered, yacht came in with a mixed group onboard which reminded me of a days sailing I had been fortunate to be offered during the visit of HMS Tiger, to Brisbane in spring 1978.
|Nick and I|
On meeting one of the senior members of the crew walking along the water front I struck up conversation by asking him perchance if he knew a dentist, by now retired, who was also a keen sailor, by the name of Nick Girdis. His reply “you are speaking to him”! The world is a small place despite a population of 6.93 thousand million people! We were later able to meet up again and talk over the past over a G&T onboard Camilla; an amazing coincidence! Perhaps I should take up doing the lottery!
|The berth at Skopelos|
As it is the strong winds are now forecast to last until Tuesday, almost 5 days, a considerable amount of maintenance will get done whilst pinned down here and the pressure comes on to make ground NE towards the Dardanelles and Istanbul in order to meet up with my next crew who are due to join on the 12th of July in Kanakkale, near the entrance to the Dardanelles. There is still plenty of time in hand but the weather from here on becomes much less benign. Time to bend on the number 2 Genoa! Next post will be from Thessalonica area in a few days time.