Oops ‘n Ouch!

Hey yo! Howayall doin’? I’m not half bad, thanks very much for asking. My pride is a bit off but that’s ok. Boating plans don’t always go as planned. I’ll be kinda brief. … cause I find writing on a tablet annoying. 

So the plan was to sail to Ikaria this summer and to check out a few islands in the area. Day one was to sail to Tinos island and tuck away in Panormos Bay in the north side and wait for Kostas to sail by the next day so to cross the Ikarian sea in company. The forecast was perfect… force 4 to 5. I headed out and was doing great. Reefed and doing 4 to 5 knots. Waves were tolerant as well. At some times the wind would pipe up to 25knots but all was well. I even got my shaft lock happening. It poped out a few times, I’d tighten the claws and rebreak the shaft. But the 4th or 5th time I f@cked up!

(sorry about the gore…I cant resize the pics with this damn wordpress app) 

I smashed my left thumb. It didn’t hurt but I knew it was gonna really suck for a couple of weeks. I cleaned it with some oxygen peroxide, wrapped it with paper towel and electric tape and carried on. Soon I approached the famous Kavo Doro. That’s an opening between Evoia and Andros Island where the Aegean sea funnels down and the seas are huge. Like orca huge. Hellesh sounds good. Well, after and hour of that and with another two hours to cross it, and after my stomach exploded 3 times, I fired up the engine and autopilot, turned around and headed for Evoia. I passed out afew times, got thrown off the cockpit bench a few times, and eventually dropped anchor at 7pm. The next day I got up at 11am (!), spent the day licking my wounds, pulled the plug and head back home in the evening with my tail between my legs.
Two days later the Meltemi winds began, force 6 to 7 and I just hung onto my mooring doing silly little boat jobs. Cleaned my water filter,
 butchered an old crocs iphone case and glued little feet under my cutting board, 
also butchered some old croc straps to cushion where my ladder is messing up my hull
….. you know…. lots of silly little boat projects. I even pollished off my last can of Lucas sardines. They are simply the best and just impossible to find any more. 
So after several days of rocking and rolling I jumped ship and head down  to the farm house in Nafplio to join Mom. She likes to swim. I like feta cheese, fries and beer. Gotta enjoy the summer one way or another!

BUT……. I’m heading back to Zoot Allures tonight. The meltemi is subsiding and I’ve got company arriving Monday for a week of smoooooth sailing! Hopefully there’ll be “some” wind!


Stay tuned ….and dont cry for me Ikaria,

Capt. Pete.

Ps….this wordpress app sucks!

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Errr… Still Wet!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, we are still wet… in more ways than one!

The weekend after I launched, it rained.

The weekend after that, it rained again. Are you getting the jest of the “wet” thing yet? But one Saturday it was nice so ol’ Zoot and I stretched our legs and sailed to the nearby Perati Island. Mom had given me a tupperware  of Tourlou veggies which I spilled…twice! I was back in the evening when it started to rain… for about 24 hours! I occupied myself with cooking, minor boat stuff (keyword being “minor”) and cleaned up my chart table. When was the last time you did yours? The sun did come out.. half an hour before sun set which was sweet!

But the weekend after that was wonderful. I grabbed Alexandra and we left to Petalious Islands Friday night. It was a blast And Alex was ecstatic! The first morning the sea was like a swimming pool and the sunsets amazing. We also met up with Carla and Ulber with s/v Pyrrha. Two drawbacks…. motoring/no sailing and the beach got cluttered by approx. 25 speed boats which was a bit of a fuss when they fly by you.

This past weekend… we had a heat wave! 43 plus deg C and no wind. Brutal! Carla and Ulber had also sailed back and were anchored next to my mooring. During Carla’s first swim the swans came by with there new member. Talking of ugly ducklings! So yeah… heat waves suck!! We were constantly wet! Wet wet wet! Either sweating or swimming or playing with a spray bottle. I got Carla wet so many times Ulber was taken aback and was giving me that look, like he was going to do something to me! So I got him wet too and everyone was happy… not to mention the amount of beers we drank to wet our innards!

So it’s summer time= vacation time! Math time…. 25 work days plus Aug. 15th is a holiday=26. 7 days saved from working Saturdays=33. Plus 2 leave of absence=35= 7 weeks! Zoot Allures Sails Again!! Time to lock and stock (which I did, but the stocks are hurting a bit… whoops!)

Now it has cooled off… and is blowing a freakin’ force 7! How typical! If it doesn’t stop by next week, I’ll be wet from crying!

Spoiler alert… I’m planning on sailing to Ikaria again via the Ikarian Sea. Some Twilight Zone music would be appropriate here.

Stay tuned and bring a towel.

Capt Pete.

ps… Here’s a shot of some wood damage from the launch. I just can’t let this get me upset anymore.



pss…. Speaking of getting upset…. I don’t like getting woken up. When I awake,  I like a nice quiet cup of coffee. Keyword being “quiet”! The launch weekend I took a nap and was rudely awaken by Kostas and Alex demanding I make them coffee. Ok. One of these past days I was awoken by a noisy jet ski which eventually bumped in to ol’ Zoots’ old hull. It was Kostas and he demanded coffee. Ok. Last Saturday he said he was going to come by again and I told him if he woke me up I’d throw and anchor at him! Ok. Have I mentioned I’m real tired from work and conferences getting up at 5:30 am?. So this last Sunday I planned to sleep…alot. At 8:30 I hear a voice around Zoot Allures… Peeeeeter, Peeeeeter… you have a cooooonference… we’re opening the dooooooors…. I jump out of the v-berth to find a colleague of mine swimming with a friend of hers. So they climbed aboard and I made them coffee. AND THEN I THREW THEM OVERBOARD !!


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Wet Again!

Howdie folks!

Yep it’s that time of the year. Zoot Allures is back in the water! This is my 6th season. You’d think I’d be used to this stuff, but I’m not. It always seems like the first time except for the procedure. It’s tiring as hell.

The previous weekend was the last rap. Most of the lingering projects were stuffed away and launch mode was set in place. On Wednesday I blasted out of work and painted the antifoul. Friday night the last prep was done… take off photovoltaic panels, clears decks, sort lines etc. Saturday morning Giannis and I launched with Giannis first. He had his sons to help and I had a colleague, George, come over to watch with his grandsons and camera. All photos are credited to George… a.k.a Mastoras! Another important note… it was partly cloudy. If it had been sunny, we would have died from exposure. I know I would have.

So the truck pulled in and away we go. Strap her up and step aside.

Once on the truck, I gotta sand and paint where the supports were and under the keel while the mast was raised onto the deck. Plus we took the windvane off.

A tight squeeze out of the yard and off to port. And ol’ Zoot is wet again.

By now the grandsons had gotten bored so George took off and there are not photos of the mast-ing. Whatever. After that we went for a few beers and food! The next couple of dayz were putting Zoot Allures back together again. The last day I motored away from the dirty noisy harbor to my nice quiet mooring. The ball had sunk so I anchored, dove in, retrieved the mooring lines and tied up. Then washed the decks with about 20 buckets of sea water… those mooring lines get really gooky  and gooey over the winter and …… that’s it! I was totally spent! But boy, it felt soooo good to be back!

Stay tuned and gooeyless,

Capt Pete.

ps…. I don’t really have anything to add here. But one thing did cross my mind. Paula over the winter said  after my whining about my dead boat, is that it’s a dream killer. And so true. Now I can dream again. !! 🙂


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