Getting Organised (Day 1)

20 Jun

It has to be said, our journey to Greece didn’t go quite as planned. It started with the take-off being aborted on the runway and went downhill from there, really. A change of plane and a three hour delay were nothing compared to crashing the luggage trolley into a bus. Then there were tears when I thought I’d left my tablet in Manchester and tantrums when it seemed like I hadn’t packed any adaptors along with not being able to find the hire car, the resort or the apartment. Quite frankly we just wanted the day to end.

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This morning dawned hot and overcast but pleasant enough and we were treated to a fabulous traditional Greek breakfast. Things were definitely looking up. Miraculously we found the boat yard at our first attempt and Desi (yes, she’s already been nicknamed) was waiting for us. Newly rigged and antifouled she looked a treat from the outside if a little grubby, while on board was something of an adventure. This was not just because of the precarious ascent from ground to cockpit via an 8 foot ladder, more that we really weren’t sure what we would actually find on board. The previous owners had been to remove their belongings since we last saw her and we were rather uncertain what they would have left behind. Plates and crockery – good, a huge, fake Rocna anchor in the stern cabin – not so helpful, wet weather gear including size 9 boots – of doubtful use (did they really mean to leave these?) Eventually we found masses of ropes under the forecabin berth which seemed a rather strange place to store them.

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Time to make some lists. What had we got and what did we need to buy before launch date? Unfortunately this is where our plans faltered again. It turns out that today is a very important religious day in this area and, you’ve guessed it, the shops are shut.
Ah well, we got most of the stuff we brought with us unpacked and some sort of order seems to be emerging from the chaos. Time for some R and R.

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6 Responses to “Getting Organised (Day 1)”

  1. GeorgieMoon June 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m looking forward to following your progress! When we bought our yacht six years ago, the previous owner left behind a pair of rubber sailing boots too! Perhaps it is some sort of tradition! And he also left two huge bright yellow oilskin jackets which take up valuable space in a locker, but husband won’t get rid of them. Good luck with your launch!

    • lamputts June 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

      Thanks, Georgie. We couldn’t believe it when we uncovered what must have been quite expensive kit. The boots have already been left by a public bin on the chance someone will get some use out of them but the jackets are lingering!

  2. Cath Short June 21, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Cathy,
    Loving your blog . Shall look forward to your many adventures , can almost feel like I am there. Wishing you both lots of luck and enjoy the sail away xxxx

    • lamputts June 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

      Thanks, Cath – really pleased that you’re still following the blog!

  3. john tat June 21, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Great to hear about the progress, he boat looks good – love the funky bow sprit – what are your plans for the year ?

    • lamputts June 21, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

      Thanks John. I think with the bow sprit opinion is divided! The plan is to just beetle about the Ionian for this summer – a sort of shake out cruise. We’re not planning further ahead than that or in any more detail. Very much just see how it goes.

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