As soon as we arrived we deployed the dinghy and Ian went to the jetty at Agia Annas to collect the Hill-Cable gang. They all came back to the boat and Sam and Louis were soon jumping in and defying each other to do more and more intrepid leaps off the boat. Sam, who had stayed with us in June, was in charge of showing everyone around and explaining the use of the heads!!
We enjoyed a few chilled beers with everyone and I loved showing Sarah and Paddy around Linea.
They headed off to freshen up and and we all met up later for dinner. Deciding to wander up towards Prokopios we came across an open air cinema showing Zorba the Greek. It was an interesting film with a young Alan Bates in the lead role and Anthony Quinn as Zorba. It was fascinating to see Crete of old and to learn of the harsh amoral ways of the society then.
The following day Louis was poorly and so Paddy and Sam came out to the boat to chill for the afternoon as the wind was picking up and we didn’t really want to leave her.
My pal Jane, who I used to work with at Malsis, arrived to stay for a few days. She was thrown right in at the deep end with a trip to the cinema to see Mamma Mia with Bryn and Jill. We all had a good sing!
Next day, Paddy and gang were heading off to Paros. Jane and I took a bus trip to Naxos town and had a lovely afternoon wandering around the Chora… me reminiscing about the time I spent a night sleeping in the park there with my friend Stephanie Minto in 1979! (Don’t tell Ivan and Carol!)
We were just heading out of the bus station when i heard a familiar voice. I turned to look and recognised Nikos, whom we had worked for at Powder White during our ski season. It was quite an extraordinary coincidence as a couple of seconds either way and I would not have seen him.
On the Sunday, we set sail for the north part of Paros to a wonderful anchorage with safety from winds from any direction. We anchored in the NE side of the bay and it was stunning despite the power station far off on the south coast of the bay. Unfortunately, it was a long and exposed dinghy ride to and fro the beach where Paddy and gang were.
Nevertheless, we did manage for them to come to the boat for a day, and for Louis to stay over and watch the meteor shower with us. We had a good walk along the shore, some snorkelling, a bit of beach time and an exploration of the marina and town of Naoussa.
The town is a lovely jumble of alleyways and squares. The marina is an interesting place with lots of anchor knitting and big motor yachts taking up a lot of the space. We decided that we would have to stay at anchor.
We spent lovely, all too few days with the family. Paddy and gang were due to depart on the Wednesday from Mykonos so we dragged ourselves away just after the sun had gone down and the wind picked up and set off across the bay to the boat, waving a fond farewell as we went.
We were happy to get back to boat after a thorough drenching in the dinghy in huge waves and in the dark!
Spotting a weather window we decided to sail back to Naxos on the Tuesday so that Jane could get back to Athens. We had a fantastic, heeled over sail back from Paros to Naxos. We sailed into the anchorage at 8.5kt. The wind was over 35kts in the bay. We put away the head sail and switched on the engine. Just as we were just about to head up to the wind to get the main sail down the engine would not give any power.
Oh shit! We were quite well into the bay and in reasonably shallow water so we put the anchor down and let out a lot of chain. Ian went down to inspect the engine. We were holding nicely. We let out even more chain, cause its better out than in!, and tried to fix the engine and get it started again.
We took Jane ashore the following morning in relatively calm winds of 22kt. We had sailed only about 50 miles all week and spent most of the time with a load of random people she’d never met. She handled all this brilliantly, as I knew she would, and we really enjoyed our week with her. We hope you’ll come again, Jane.