Never a dull moment
Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
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Over the past three weeks we've left Turkey, crossed the Aegean Sea, visited some incredible places, encountered winds of nearly 50 mph (Storm force 10!!), and saved someone's life.
Yes, we are now in a place called Kalamata in the Peloponese having travelled about 350 miles. We've moved on quite frequently but have found time to explore a few places on the way. Perhaps the most interesting was a little-known town of Monemvasia where there is an ancient walled city that is still occupied today. It was also the most eventful sail so far with winds of a steady 40 knots with a peak of 48 knots.(Weather forecasts here can be a bit out sometimes!!) To make matters worse the sail accidentally slipped out further just at a time when we needed to reduce it to the size of a handkerchief. It crossed my mind that we weren't far off of calling for help and it wasn't very reassuring when we got to the port of Monemvasia to find that the only lifeboat for miles was out of action and about to be towed all the way to Piraeus for repairs. Glad we didn't need it in the end!!
Over the next few weeks, wind, weather and fate permitting, we are heading North West into the Ionian and Corfu. Speak soon .....
As Peter mentioned, Monemvasia was an eventful place. The wind finally abated and we were about to sit down for a peaceful supper when all of a sudden there was a splash and the sound of screams of absolute panic. I rushed up on deck to see Peter jumping to rescue a three year old boy who was face down and lifeless in the water. As is often the case - harbour walls are quite high and it was a struggle for him to raise the boy high enough for someone to reach and pull him out and thanks to Peter's agility, he was able to climb out too. Luckily it all ended well and the next morning a very tearful mother, Anna, and her children came to say a very big thank you. I don't think Horace will be allowed near the water again for a while!! The Port Police arrived, not to say thank you or well done, but to say that the life boat was being towed away at 0600 and that we would have to move our boat so that they could get out! No peace for the wicked!!
We have just arrived in Kalamata marina to shop and hopefully find a laundry and get a good night's sleep so I hope the thunder stops rumbling soon!!