Well, here I am
I’m off the beach called Kalos Gialos behind the Porto Rafti port and am protected from the north. Of course the waves bend around the little peninsula and hit me from the east. Pointing into the northern winds and rocked by the eastern waves…. well lets just say I had a reality check. It wasn’t just some wake from some passing yacht, it was a constant left to right rocking. After 10 min I realized what I signed up for!
And it’s been windy. Force 6, gusts over 20knts. Rockin’ and rolling. Fine. I slept like a baby! Rowing to my little dingy mooring is a bit of a challenge… deflatables are not good rowers, but I manage. Last week I spent 3 nights. I also stayed last weekend. Monday morning was blowing force 8!!! I had to go to work and I didn’t even try rowing. I put my stuff in a nylon bag, threw it in the dingy and swam ashore (with flippers) draging the dingy along! NOW I’m considering an outboard (maybe a 12kgr air cooled Honda 2,3hp… nice but $$).
Pending stuff… get the boom and sails on!?! I met up with Kostas and some other club dudes (I’m a member of the Aegean Sailing Club so to have free moorings, not a bad deal) and they said we got a race this Friday and they want me to get an O.R.C. certificate (120euro). I said “Are you guys insane?! 120 euro?! I haven’t even got the boom and sails up, haven’t even sailed Zoot Allures yet!! Am I not interested in racing!!!” Kostas said it’ll all fine and sorta let me know that I should consider if I wanted some more help. So tomorrow we’ll set up the boom and sails, go for a spin and on Friday I’m off for a 3 day race. Baptism by fire. I’ll probably win due to handicap! But I kinda got the feeling they got me by the balls… gotta get my shit together… gotta find independence (happy July 4th bytheway).
ps… gotta feeling the next post will be surreal.
pss… and I promise(?) some pics. Rockin’ and rollin’ and rowing for your life is not inspiring to pull out a camera!