Did we Vote for Brexit?
13 August 2016 | Meganisi
After several rest full days we moved on to one of the remote fingers on Meganisi. Here we found a small cove with two boats anchored with lines to shore. There seemed to be enough space for us to fit between so we carefully backed in dropping the anchor' this bit went really quite well with the boat exactly where we wanted it Pete jumped in the dinghy and took a line ashore unfortunately by the time we had fastened the line to a tree we had drifted close to the Italian yacht and they in a panic that we hight hit them had released their shore line. As we tightened our line we returned to our planned position but now the Italian yacht was swinging all over the place. Angry stares were being directed across to us so, Pete went and apologised for disturbing them and offered to retake there line back ashore. There first questions stunned him at first .They asked if he had voted for Brexit! When he said no, there were handshakes all round and the whole demenor changed to something much more pleasant. They decided that they were fine as they were and said that they would be leaving in ten minuets anyway but thanked us for the offer. Four hours later they were still there and by then had drifted very close to the bows of Argonauta. Suddenly we realised they were about to hit us. Our chain was now passing under their boat between the keel and the rudder they couldn't move forward or backward. Jackie was standing on the anchor well lid fending off the boat so we couldn't get at the cleat to release the chain the only option was for Pete to grab a knife and cut the rope to the chain so allowing us to drop back and release them to motor forward and recover their anchor. All was done in a friendly manor. Though obviously if we'd voted for Brexit things might have been different.
Eventually they left leaving Argonauta and the other boat in the cove. It was a small British boat, when we swam passed and talked to them, we discovered was crewed by a couple who had kept the boat in the Ionian for over 40 years and were both 84 years old. We only wish we are able to keep going as long as they have.