|Part of the party.|
|Deb and I|
|Tony, Sandra and Liz|
Boxing day we had at Tree and Mike's house with about another dozen or so people again all food, drink and talk. Unfortunately I had to excuse myself from the food as I had still had enough from the day before and just joined in the Christmas pudding (because I just can't resist it!).
|Bob and his Glamorous assistant!|
|The boat in Paleros plaza|
Monday dawned and it was off to Nidri for the start of the Paleros race. Not much wind to be had but we managed to get started and to be fair once we had cleared Nidri bay we did get a little spurt on but then it deserted us. Tony, Liz and I were on "Izola" and spent most of the afternoon seeking what bits of wind we could find but Liz had brought along some food supplies so it didn't really matter. Slowly during the mid afternoon most people gave up and switched on their engines and motored into Paleros we gave it until 4:30 but in the end had to bow down to reality and start the motor if we were going to get into port before night. The distance is about 8 or 9 miles and we probably didn't do much more than half in four and a half hours. As "Izola" is really only big enough for two to sleep in any comfort Sandra and I had been across to Paleros a couple of weeks ago and booked into an Hotel so Sandra went around in Mike's camper earlier in the day and had got herself all comfy. The Hotel was the Thalassa just outside Paleros and was excellent they actually gave us wine sweets and coffee which we had ordered and wouldn't take payment for them and at 55 Euros for the room wasn't too expensive for a good quality hotel. Our evening was supposed to have been at the only Indian restaurant within a million miles of here and I was so looking forward to it but unfortunatley it hadn't been booked and was closed so we all ended up at a Greek tavernas which was good but not Indian and I'm getting withdrawal symptoms!
|Paleros evening - Mike and Tree nearest.|
|Don't cry Liz the food will soon be here!!!|
Next day sailed back to Nidri in a bit of a blow, you wouldn't believe the contrast to 24 hours earlier. We should have sailed back to Lefkas marina with "Izola" but the channel down the side of Lefkas was so rough with the northerly wind coming straight down it that Tony, the master marina aboard, said that we would be all day tacking through it and the engine wouldn't be powerful enough to make any headway so we decided to leave it overnight at Nidri again. Two hours later and the wind had moderated somewhat so perhaps it could have been done, if only we all had hind sight. Anyway we had a great sail across with a little genoa and no main up we still got almost 8 knots out of her in winds we learnt later were blowing at 28 knots about force 7ish - Great stuff.
Wednesday Tony, Liz and I took the yacht back to Lefkas marina and had another amazing sail although the wind wasn't as strong and certainly not as gusty, we seemed to have caught the best of it and again with it being out of the north we had to tack all the way down. Tony even let me be skipper for over half the journey so I was as happy as a pig in the wet smelly stuff. Thanks Tony and Liz you made my Christmas!!
Today we've just been chilling for the day and getting some stamina stored up for the new year festivities on Friday night. I have managed to wash the car and get it looking smart again so not a completely wasted day. See ya soon...