“August”-ing!

Hey, there.

I actually googled Augusting but nothing really interesting popped up. That’s probably due to the fact that nothing really interesting popped up sailing-wise for a blog post which has “sailing” in its title. But you guys are probably used to that by now.

But I did sail away, a bit, for a while. We sailed across our little pond and I met up with my cousin John and family. Getting there was a bit rough, 20+kts right on the nose…. how typical. IMG_20180801_204137_resized_20180819_051013161IMG_20180801_203515_resized_20180819_051017950But his little bay is sooo peaceful and quiet and secluded, it’s hard to pass up. IMG-20180802-WA0003We had a good “hang” and did a lot of snorkeling, eating and late-night wine-ing. I always have a blast watching John filleting anchovies. But you gotta let them sit overnight before marinating because the spew a lot of water! We wanted to go fishing but the dang wind (a 6er instead of a 4er) wouldn’t pipe down til dark. The visit was short but sweet… the forecast was for a force 7 so I hauled ass back to my mooring. Screenshot_20180802-100148IMG_20180802_095846_resized_20180819_051012495The sail back was perfect!!! The best ever! The wind was around 20kts, a beam reach, low waves, sails slightly furled…Zoot Allures hauled ass! I had left early… even Rob was shading me from the sun (Rob is the windvane….cousin to the Robertson hydraulic monster autopilot I hardly ever use). I was back in record time with only 0.6hours on the engine. Sweet!!

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Back on the mooring ol’ Zoot and I rocked and rolled in the howling wind. I didn’t dare row ashore with the ” loyal sinking de-flatable” because I would end up somewhere I didn’t want to be. Did I ever mention I sold the Honda outboard? One less thing to worry about maintaining or getting stolen. So no” foot on land” for over 60 hours. No prob! IMG_20180809_135615_resized_20180819_051012873DCIM100GOPROI read, cooked,ย  swam, and did a bunch of little projects. I changed my damaged (?) prop zinc, my first underwater change and also put in a reef in my awning. I had that old gopro with me and got a 5pm ritual of messing with some fish hiding in the shade. Lots of little fish bytheway which always warms my heart….hopefully they’ll get a chance to grow!

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And always an evening ritual!!

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The winds died down after a few days. But not much and I did need to be at the farm the next week. The forecast the following weekend was for another “7er”… so I jumped ship early and head down earlier than planned. IMG-20180811-WA0001IMG-20180816-WA0000There’s always a lot to do at the farm house. Like make a new table top for our veranda with some 12mm marine ply I picked up. Also with help from the young-ens we sanded and oiled one side of the “love shack”. Now that was a rough one. I decided to use pool decking oil I found by 3V3 . IMG_20180820_165948_resized_20180820_050236119.jpgHere’s the scoop. The balustrade I did 7 coats with D1ย  over Easter was dry as a bone! I tried this stuff a month ago and it still looks great! Plus instead of 750ml, I get 2.5liters for the same $. !! If it holds, it’ll find its way on ol’ Zoot. The farm is my Ginnie pig!

 

IMG_20180818_190254_resized_20180819_051014484But the farm isn’t all work. Plenty of play and plenty of family, friends, BBQ’s, beaches and taverns.And the Epidaurus theatre is close by. Here’re the girls ready for an Oedipus show.

 

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Screenshot_20180819-175953That’s a lot of what August is all about… and it beats pounding in the Meltemi winds or worrying of dragging anchor. I’m heading back to Zoot Allures. I’m back at work next week and need some bonding. But looks like a pounding.

Stay tuned,

Capt Pete.

ps… the concept of returning to work seems at least….odd!

About Sailing Zoot Allures

A demoralized mechanical engineer/ bass player/ sound engineer/editor seeks Freedom
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9 Responses to “August”-ing!

  1. Augusting is my new favorite word. I’m going to try to work it into every conversation I have for the rest of the month. Godiva – yum ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • God-diva! What a name! What’s there not to like? Milk chocolate… good. Salt…goood. Caramel…gooood!!
      As for Augusting (sounds disgusting)… I could charge you royalties or a copy of your book! But wait… that can’t work…. I already ordered it via Santa Claus!
      Cheers!

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  2. Arcady says:

    I like that post. Much as we all love the sailing, life is so much more than that. You mixed up your activities beautifully in August: it sounds wonderful! (I’ve been messing around too – I’ll try and update the SOHVI blog soon).

    Enjoy the last bits of summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. moritz says:

    Augusting, nice! Just spend 3 Days probably close to your sailing grounds Augusting on anchor in Porto Rafti passing the time for the winds to pass!
    Nice read, cheers mate!

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    • Welcome to Porto Rafti! Hopefully the winds were not too bad. Were you anchored in the main harbour or behind it where Zoot Allures swims with the old ladies with white hats?

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      • moritz says:

        Hi, thank you!
        I can not see Zoot Allures. I am anchored in the bay, north of the port. The winds were ok, gusting maybe 32 knots max, the holding seems to be good here. Waiting for my girlfriend to arrive on thursday with the plane. Probably friday we will take off to sail over to Megalonisos/Chersonisi.

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      • Wonderful. I’m south of the port (behind it).. A bit rolly but much more pleasant to the eye.. Before you take off you should drop by.!

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      • moritz says:

        Ah, now i think i understand where you are ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, i will drop by, maybe i move over tomorrow morning there on anchor. Finally the wind is calming, eh? Did not expect so much today. If you see a Ketch with red stripe and red sail covers it is me. Hope to see you!

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