Ups and Downs

27 Aug


We sat out a few days of thunderstorms in the marina. Although never a hardship for us, we were nonetheless eager to get out and about again as the weather improved. We’d both been studying the forecasts with a view to heading south to Paxos and while Neil was quite happy, I wasn’t so sure.

You see I’m a nervous sailor. Scrap that. I’m not a sailor. I’m here under completely false pretences. When real sailors come in going “Oh brilliant, great sail today. 30 knots and we were stonking along” I just think “Mad!”

The forecast was for a Force 4, perhaps the sailing ideal. Really nothing to worry about and as Neil pointed out, I can’t have it both ways. If I want a breeze to keep us cool at anchor we’ve got to actually go out when there’s some wind. He’s right, of course.

Off we went, up went the sails and off went the engine. We weren’t heeled over much, the sails cast a pleasant shadow into the cockpit and all was well with the world. Wonderful. Yes, I get it.

Soon we were anchored at the southern end of Corfu in Petriti’s large bay and for a while it looked like we were going to be the only boat there. It wasn’t long, though, before they were rolling in – and so was the swell. Not the annoying, boat-rattling swell of the ferry boats further north but the constant, all-nighter. We were bucking like a rodeo rider but, to be fair, the motion wasn’t unpleasant. It just meant that Neil didn’t get the fried eggs he was looking forward to.


We didn’t hang about the next day and happily left the crowded bay heading for Lakka on Paxos. Lovely, lovely Lakka. Yes, it gets crowded too but we like to tie up to the rocks, providing a relatively private patch of turquoise water to swim in and the shade comes in early as the sun starts to go down.

This time, though, the last few miles were uncomfortable to say the least. I’ve often felt seasick but never actually reached the throwing up stage. It took about 10 minutes. Just writing about it now makes me feel ill and, would you believe it, a rolling swell has just started here in Lakka. I’ll be sitting next to the bucket.



6 Responses to “Ups and Downs”

  1. southamptonoldlady August 28, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Well I have never heard that one for the best cure for sea-sickness.

  2. GeorgieMoon August 28, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    Oh dear, I hope you are feeling better. I must admit, as I get older, I get more nervous too. About everything. Especially sailing, but also driving! When I was young, I was never a nervous person, I was a daredevil.

    • lamputts August 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

      Ive never been a particularly confident driver – I was a late learner. When it comes to sailing it seems the more experience I got the more anxious I became. Perhaps ignorance really is bliss!

  3. brummytezza August 28, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    Great timing – just as was being tempted to look at the late sail site. Will be in remission at the end of September when we return to Moraira!

    • lamputts August 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

      Don’t let me put you off! We’ve had a perfect day in Lakka today. Heading for Javea in September, too

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