Having survived, not only the ski season, but the return coach journey from Val d’Isere to London Victoria, and from there the train journey up to Preston we spent a happy few days with Ian’s mum. After packing our boxes of essential purchases for the boat we posted them to ourselves as we ourselves set off for Manchester Airport at 0430hrs to catch a flight back to Catania, Sicilia. Friends from Marina di Ragusa, Bryn and Jill on Fly the Coop) picked us up and we were whisked to Decathlon for Ian to buy his latest mode of transport; a push along scooter, on which he can bomb about the marina. (Much to the amusement of Keira and Erin!)
We passed a delightful lunchtime at Donnafuggata eating mussels baked in the oven with a pizza lid, washed down with beer and wine, as we whisked off our socks and shoes and basked in the spring sunshine – great company and a warm and welcome meal to mark our return to Linea.
We were delighted that the boat was fine and the bilges perfectly dry and clean. Just a little dust and sand on deck but otherwise in great nick.
For the next few days we would be gradually reversing the winterising process: trying to remember where everything went and prepping the boat for the sail over to Greece. This included food provisioning for the trip and visiting The Fratelli Mazza wine wholesalers. We now have 50 litres of wine stashed in every available locker.
Soon our crew arrived for the sail across to Cephalonia. David Heane on Friday afternoon and Bill Dear during evening happy hour. A good few beers were consumed.
Today has been spent putting the sails back on and we are very pleased with our repaired Genoa which is now trimmed in a sand coloured UV strip to match the spray hood and new bimini, so we are looking very smart. (The sail bag is on next year’s expenditure list!) Also, we are delighted at our newly upholstered saloon cushions, which look clean and fresh and are super comfy.
So, we will set sail as soon as our parcels arrive. The boxes we dispatched from home are now subject to a delay due to public holidays in Sicily. A five day delay – In getting them from Milan to us! Hey ho!
Today, we are watching Optimists bob about the bay as they race to be the champions of Sicily; the monthly angling competition and large numbers of scouts milling about building tents and bridges and all manner of structures. So, ‘Molti manifestioni’ as they say here.
We will be back in Sicily in October/November. It has been wonderful to catch up with our new MdR fellow yachtie friends and we look forward to catching up and exchanging stories when we return. In the meantime, there is plenty of sailing to be done.