Voyage… HA! yeah, I know. 125 nautical miles in 3 weeks isn’t much to write home about, but a leaking raw water pump and 7 beaufor winds was kinda freaking me out. Plus I’m new at this!
Any way…. Last week, stuck on the hook in Serifos
So… It was time to head back. The winds looked favourable for Friday but all the prognostics failed and I remained stuck again (25knot instead of 15). On Saturday the winds dropped, almost totally. WTF. I was going to take the same route home passing west of Kithnos and Kea. I got in touch with Alex who was out again and decided to go the extra distance and meet up with him in Spathi, NE tip of Kea.
I motorsailed the whole way with only the main sail up which I could barely fly with minny tacks. A 35mile haul for 8 hours in the blazing sun pumping a liter of water every 10 minutes.
Man it was sweet to turn off the Perkins and take a swim. Y’all deserve to be jealous!
Sunday morn, some more beautiful peaceful swimming but by noon, Sunday cruisers were pouring in. Outathere\Seeya. Another 5 hour haul in the glassy sea… Couldn’t even fly the main. Did I mention that any wind those two days was right on the nose?! I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes.
Now I’m tied bow to in the Porto Rafti port. Time for a good washing, resting and… Laundery!
Approx 60 miles in two days, thatstalotta diesel and totally against my religion ( hey, it’s a sailboat, dagnabit!) still gotta figure this stuff out. But in the long run I learned sooo much. Time to fix the raw water pump (which it’s a miracle survived)
Ps…. The breeze is NE bringing clouds of medusa jelly fish and the sea ain’t swimmable. Now I’m stuck in the port with with a dismantled pump in the sweaty heat. Ah, the memories…