2 clueless day skippers with Patience

Two good spottings - Dolphins on the Starboard bow and a launderette.

11 May 2017
Thursday 4th May
We consulted the weather , as all good sailors do haha and headed North up the Adriatic coast of Italy. Mum came here on her honeymoon, to a place called Riccione. Unfortunately, that is quite a way up the coast, we'll probably not get that far as winds are predominantly from the North this time of year, but never say never I say !

Our heading - an anchorage by the beach in Otranto. We had a great sail, even spotting a pod of dolphins quite near on the Starboard bow. Near yet so far, we couldn't coax them nearer to play. It would seem that they are as shy or hungry as the dolphins in the Ionian, making us realise how honoured we had been on our trip down to the Med two years ago, when Dolphins playing on our bow had been a regular Occorance.
The spot by the beach was prettier than the book but rather rolley , so we just had the night there before continuing on to Brindisi.

Brindisi may surprise some of our yachtie readers as it has a mixed reputation, mostly "too commercial".That said, we have come to realise that the only way is to find out for yourself and as it was a good cruising distance away, in the right direction, with a quay or marina at the other end we headed out.

What a stonking sail. The wind was perfect, the sun was shining - what could go possibly go wrong ? Well firstly, during a tack , I caught the rope around the binoculars, sat on the deck, and watched them gracefully bounce overboard into the sea. Secondly we moored against the town quay and a speeding motor boat caused a mini tidal wave next to us wrenching our rope fair leads and ripping up part of our toe rail. We were sat down at the time fortunately, so no one was hurt, but on further inspection we realised that the bow fair lead had actually snapped in two . Testament to Moody Boat Builders I guess that the fair lead took the brunt and the cleats, remained fixed in the deck- that would have been a major disaster. Sadly we think the culprit was the Italian coastguard !

Needless to say, incredibly disheartened, we left the quay and headed for the shelter of the marina. Ricky will investigate how and where we can mend the damage later, probably remove the broken bit and bring it home as he has already found a store selling Moody bits, a stones throw way from Hayling would you believe? Don't worry it does not effect our safety, just a blooming nuisance.We enjoyed Brindisi, the marina staff were really friendly and they had a launderette - clean sheets and douvet covers yay! You have to understand dear reader, that despite my earlier claims of washing by hand in an oversized washing up bowl, on the bow deck, duvet covers and sheets are just too big and take virtually our entire water supply on board to rinse - so a launderette is luxury. I was tempted to use the photo of Patience as a 'clothes horse' as the blog photo, but thought it didn't quite reflect our glamorous life style haha, the sunset on the horizon at sea perhaps does?

Until next time.
Take care,
Love Donna and Ricky xx
Vessel Name: Patience
Vessel Make/Model: Moody376
Hailing Port: Haslar , Gosport , England
Crew: Ricky and Donna
About: 2023 Still clueless , but having fun !
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