06 July 2014 | Cephalonia
In May 2013 we had our friends Barbara and Richard visit our boat in Portugal, unfortunately we experienced a serious engine problem and as a result we were unable to travel anywhere during they stay with us. It was therefore with pleasure that we heard they were coming to Cephalonia to stay with Desi and Chris on their boat Skylark. A week before Richard and Barbara arrived we met up with Desi and Chris in Fiskardo and after mooring alongside we invited them along with Roger and Cathy from their boat Black Rose aboard for coffee. We all had a lovely couple of days together in Fiskardo. We met up again when we visited Ay Efimia harbour where we were able to plug into mains electricity and fill up with water. The harbour master there was great and gave us a lot of help and advice with the med mooring technique that is still so new to us. All went well with the filling of the water up except the flow was extremely slow and we had to wait hours for the starboard tank to fill. We decided we would be fine to leave the water filling overnight after calculating the time it had taken to fill the starboard tank. We do have to be a little cautious when filling our water tanks as when full the water will flow over into our bilges and believe me emptying those out is not fun and very wearing on the back! We dually went to bed, setting an early morning alarm. Unfortunately the water flow must have been a lot stronger overnight possibly due to less use by everyone was asleep. When Paul arose and looked out there was the water pouring out of the tank and over into our bilges. Paul shouted down to me the bad news. As Paul suffers with his back I wearily got out bed, dressed, pulled out the bucket and sponge, put on my rubber gloves and got to work mopping out for the next couple of hours. We decided not try that again!
Our next destination was back to Ithaca to visit the beautiful small bay of Skhoinos. So delightful was it there that we stayed 4 days. One day we cycled into Valti to buy some provisions, it was during this that it became very clear to me how unfit I had become, it nearly killed me! Paul has resolved to set me a fitness regime, a 3 times around our boat twice a day. That was now 2 weeks ago and so far I have done it twice. Well........it’s better that not at all isn’t it?
Whilst there, Paul had a great dive nearby to where we had anchored. As I needed practice with my rowing it was decided that I stayed in the dingy until Paul was finished and then rowed him back to Paradise. I was not accustomed to the term ‘boat support’ and while Paul was under water I rowed leisurely around the bay now and again glancing round to check I could still see Paul’s buoy bobbing above the water. By the time Paul immerged I was a good way off and it took me a good 15 minutes to reach him. As I approached him I shouted, “Have a good dive?” “Yes, it was great” he replied, “Except for the boat support!” I think I comforted him by explaining that I would understand my role better next time.
Soon we were off back to Valti to meet up again with Desi and Chris. This time they had Richard and Barbara on board Skylark and we all enjoyed a pleasant couple of days together, chatting, relaxing, and eating out and having a shared meal together on our last evening. We also raised our glasses to Richard and Barbara to congratulate their recent engagement. We wish them all the best and many happy times together.