3 Day Bliss!

Bada Boom! After getting off a summer vacation and getting slammed at work, waking up at 5:30am for a neurological conference, including Sunday(!), having a 3 day weekend is just what the doctor ordered. The winds where “nice” 🙂 and Friday morn we head out to the Petalious Islands for the obvious.

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before

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after

But before I get into that…. the weather has changed. (It’s September, dummie). It RAINED!!! At long last Zoot Allures is squeaky clean!

 

Screenshot_2015-10-07-12-51-26So the approx. 50 mile route was the same as last year (click to flash back) , but in a clockwise direction. Heading out was great. Full sail cruising at 4knots. But halfway through, we dropped to a knot so the iron genny was fired. But we were on a beat, the sails still worked and so did the windvane. I luuuuuv my WindPilot!!!!

dsc_0007adsc_0015aAfter anchoring off the beach at the top island and taking some good swims and relaxing, Kostas and his brother Giannis (not Nikos, dummie) rolled in from his 24 hour motorsail from Ikaria. They rafted up, we ate, had a few pops and vegged. Kostas turned in for a nap and woke up the next day! The rest of us just hanged and took it all in, enjoying the perfect evening.

dsc_0009adsc_0014aIt never ceases to amaze me how a conversation can go on until 2am! I have no idea what we were talking about… it didn’t matter. It was just sooo nice and soooo quiet! If you snooze, you loose!

 

dsc_0037adsc_0061aOnce again, which also never ceases to amaze me, at 5am the wind and waves started up from the open bay and we were galloping at our anchors. I almost always get up anyway at 5 for a piss overboard, but this is ridiculous. But all was fine, just annoying. When the sun came up, we moved over to the other side of the island to enjoy breakfast, swimming vegging etc.

dsc_0068aAt noon Kostas headed back home (after 2 months!)  and we headed to the south of the Big Island to the Vassiliko bay via the sunken bridge passage. It’s either the time of year, day or whatever, always breathtaking-ly beautiful.

dsc_0080aAfter anchoring, the first course of business, a swim to the cave beach.

dsc_0090aAnd then proceeded to the regular routine. But there is a twist this time. The first day we had pligouri. Did you know that you don’t need hot water? Neither did I. You just let it soak for a couple of hours (eg, while sailing) and then just add tomatoes, onion, parsley etc and… “Bob’s your uncle”.  But then we had a wonderful potato recipe slowing cooking all day in a solar oven. How funky is that!?!.

dsc_0091adsc_0100adsc_0122aJust don’t watch it cook. It’s like watching water boil or paint dry. It takes a long time. And potatoes were probably asking for too much on a partly cloudy day. So we steamed them for half an hour at the end…. hunger was kicking in. But we did get a shot of the spuds we fed to the fish… and they loved it! (the wd40 was for some TLC… the oven has seen better days).

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flee little fishys, fleeee!

The evening was just as wonderful as it should be. Some fishing boats came by but it was mostly quiet and calm with the exception of a few tsunami waves coming from afar passing ships. And we woke up late to no wind at last. After a lazy morning we wrapped it up to head back home at a leisurely pace. The weather was getting “iffy” so at 2:30 we raised anchor.

dsc_0175adsc_0172adsc_0184aNice breeze, full sail, we were doing great at 4knots again. And that’s the way I like it. Set course, trim sails to the course, tie of the tiller, set the windvane, check the horizon, crack open a beer….. cruuuuise!

dsc_0197aZoot Allures prop spins while sailing. It’s a bit annoying but the noise tells you if your trimming your sails the correct way gaining speed. It also lets you know if you are loosing speed. Sure enough, the prop sound was going slower and slower. Looking to are destination showed a squall which apparently sucked our wind away. The prop silenced, the sails flopped…D’Oh! Time for the iron genny again. A bit of a drag,  but hey…. at least it starts up…. no complaints at all! We missed the rain and the sky gave us a spectacular show.

dsc_0227aYou know what? I could do this kind of stuff over and over and over again!

And then some more!

Stay tuned,

Capt Pete.

ps… have I ever mentioned how much I luuuuuv my WindPilot windvane. ‘Gotta find a way to make a video and show y’all what I’m talking about.

pss…… having crew with a camera is a must!!!!

 

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9 Responses to 3 Day Bliss!

  1. Christina dePian says:

    pss: What about borrowing the camera and photographing the crew…?

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  2. I’ve always been quite interested in the idea of having a solar oven, but they do take up quite a bit of space. But, how nice to be able to make something without using propane when the sun it out.

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    • Hey Ellen!!
      The oven folds and packs up quite nicely in a bag. Unfolded is another story. Ours perched quite nicely on the doghouse. Otherwise the foredeck is an option. But other boat wakes were the headache… the pot had a tendency to slide off its little base!
      But way nicer than running the stove… sunny day=hot day=sauna down below!

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  3. Now, there’s a 3-day trip worth talking about (and reading about too!!). A bit ironic that your most interesting trip happened after your summer holiday ended. I think I need a photographer too.

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  4. arcady001 says:

    Hi Pete,

    As ever, you have some lovely pictures on your blog. Out of interest what is the rated output of those two solar panels? I am thinking of adding some to SOHVI in the same location.

    Best,

    Keith

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    • Wow! Sorry for the delay. I was m.i.a.
      So yeah, definitely get solar! My panels are 50W each putting out 2.5 to 3 amps. So together 100W and 6amps approx. And that is with no shade and the high summer sun. The location is not ideal due to the boom shade. That’s why in most photos it’s off to side.

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  5. arcady001 says:

    Thanks. I’ve bought two narrow ones and a square one and have added it to the long list of projects yet to complete. More pictures soon!

    P.S. I loved your last ‘banshee’ blog. Glad you came to no harm.

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