You went how far to get up your hair cut?

May 19, 2015

As we waved farewell to Terri and Iain, we were undecided as to what to do next. The only constraint operating was the need to have J ready to catch her flight to Dublin on 20 May, for Jessie’s First Communion. That gave us about ten days to do as we pleased. What to do? Where to go? Oh, decisions decisions. Never been good at that sort of thing…..


Rampage on the southern quay in Gaios, heading south.

J had been hankering for sometime to visit Angela, her hairdresser in Nidri. The forthcoming festivities in Ireland clearly required a fresh hair do. So suddenly that was the plan. Sail south to Nidri, J has a hairdo, sail back north again to arrive in Corfu about 19 May. No worries. Easypeasy.  
We’ve been lucky with wind so far this year, getting quite a lot of sailing in. That continued as we headed south: we sailed most of the way to Gaios, staying there three days before aiming to get to Nidri in a single hop. Didn’t work, as we picked up a strong easterly which combined with the autopilot packing in made us head into Preveza instead, but we carried on to Nidri the next day. 


Anchored off the boat yards at Preveza, heading south.

J got her hair cut, we bought meat from Eleni the butcher and new hinges for the aft loo seat from George. Much time was also spent looking at the weather forecast, which is usually getting quite stable by this time of year: no wind overnight and morning, north westerly building to a peak by late afternoon, dying away by about seven pm. Unfortunately, it has yet to settle down properly, so having looked at the forecast we decided to start back north after only a day in Nidri.  
Again, good sailing with southerly winds to Preveza and then on to Gaios. We were lucky to find a space on the northern quay as the southern part of the quay get very rolly with a swell coming in with a southerly wind. The next few days were spent there, enjoying the unique little world that is Gaios: slightly tarnished hippy mixed with the usual Greek relaxed attitude to everything, overlaid with the holiday feeling that comes from being a favoured tourist spot.


The Skipper, spuds placed in bbq to cook, adding to the slightly tarnished hippy appeal of Gaios.

Watching the weather is, of course, a yachtie preoccupation. Because the northern quay has no mobile phone coverage (it sits under a cliff, cutting the otherwise good signal), this meant we had to endure the hardship of visiting a bar for drinks every day, just to get wifi access look at the weather forecast. No, really, this is important. Didn’t look at Facebook much at all…… The forecasts showed a bit of unsettled weather due to come through late Monday and Tuesday, so we decided to head for Gouvia on Monday to ensure we didn’t get stuck in Gaios by the winds.
Work on odd jobs continues as always. I traced the autopilot fault to some damaged connections between the electronic compass and the course computer: because the computer couldn’t tell where we were heading, it couldn’t steer, so it sulked! Thankfully, it didn’t take long to fix. Sailing without an autopilot is, of course, quite feasible but it becomes a bit boring after a bit. It is also quite difficult to manage the boat with only two of us in anything other than the calmest of conditions, as the need to have someone steering all the time means everything takes that bit longer than when both of us can work at something.  


The Blue Bar, Gaios, Paxos. Our favourite wifi spot.

So that’s us. Parked up in Gouvia Marina for the next month (cheaper to pay for a month once you’ve been here longer than about twelve days). J flies to Dublin tomorrow, I have a list of jobs to stop me fretting whilst she’s away and then the Dublin Crew arrive on 27 May.

Oh, and we did round about 170 miles for J to get her hair cut…..


One comment

  1. Well, I have been to that hairdresser so I can kind of understand – there are massaging chairs there… .

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