Yes, people, Zoot Allures has sailed off on a 2 month journey… along with me of course. The main waypoints are Ikaria on the other side (east) of the Aegean sea, and Nafplio, back over the Aegean to east Peloponisos. Lots of stops on the way. And not in a straight line.
Plus I’m posting via my 7inch tab and xperia tethering phone. So……
Friday … rapped up work, closed the office, closed up my city pad and moved aboard Zoot Allures. It was blowing stink. By Sunday the winds were nice and went for a sail. All went well but just as I was arriving to my mooring, the Perkins started banging as if someone was whacking it with a hammer. Later trials revieled and air bubble in a cylinder, bubble gone, no more noise. Onwards we go!
After some last provisioning on Monday, Tuesday I sailed off. The first leg about 20 miles to Spathi, Kea. The first hour was great, good sailing, but then it died out. A good opportunity to try out my spinnaker for the first time. That was fun for a while, but then the winds died completely so the iron jib got me to Spathi at around 6pm.
Wednesday I set out at noon on my second leg, 25miles to Finika in southwest Siros. Again, a combination of sailing, motoring, motorsailing. The seas are calm, the winds are light and I’m using too much diesel! Hey, but my beers are icey cold!!
Today I’m staying put for the day. Tomorrow I’m setting out for Naxos. The winds should be in my favour, beam reach@15knots. The plan is to meet up with Alex and Kostas and sail out together witn s/v Kaisi over to Ikaria. A long haul but the forecasts are good, Zoot Allures is fit as a fiddle and so am I.