That’s a bit of a worry. All over sudden we have to find a way to get to Amsterdam AND find a safe spot to leave Greatcircle. With (not just) a little help from our friends we quickly find solutions.
Supermario is even prepared to lend us his Superchickie so we can sail overnight to Poros. Pete calls Leakos to tell him in Greek that we will already be there early next morning. We were already planning to leave Greatcircle on a mooring in Poros later on, but now we are going to be there 3 weeks earlier.
It is good to have Nina aboard, she can help out with things I am not able to do with one arm. We also didn’t anticipate on having to set up night watch, so 3 is a lot better than 2 to cover it. It’s already getting dark as we leave the bay and it’s about 65 Nm in a direct line to our destination. There is favourable wind that we could have used but in these circumstances we choose to get over there on engine. Radar and AIS alarms on, full moon behind us, should be an easy crossing.
Just as the sun rises we are approaching Poros through the southeast entrance. In the channel passing the town we already see Leakos’ water taxi waiting on us even if it’s not even 7 AM. The ladies do the heavy stuff while I try to hold the nose of the boat as close as possible to the temporary mooring. This is the one where the 60 foot FP was on this winter, so it should be OK.
The ferry to Piraeus will leave at the end of the afternoon so we have plenty of time to prepare the boat. As we take off the code 0 we see that the material on the outside is already deteriorating. Apparently we were already (to) late with deciding for an UV protection cover. Seems a bit quick though after just 1 year, let’s discuss it with Technique Voile and see what options we have.
Nina will stay on Greatcircle until Mario and Seatramp arrive later that day. Leakos brings us to shore where we will take the ferry to Piraeus. Just as we arrive on the quay, and parallel to discussing the options for a permanent mooring, a lively thunderstorm arrives.
As Marijke tries to run for the hailstones she trips inside of her brand new trousers and falls flat on her face on the road. Within 30 seconds she has an egglike hump before her left eye and bruises and abrasions all over her body. It looks really scary but she doesn’t seem dizzy nor nauseous. We have to choose between trying to find a local doctor and get on the ferry and catch our plane to Amsterdam. Leakos explains the situation to the ferry personell and they help us immediatly with cleaning, disinfecting and covering her wounds. Pfffffjjjeewwwww.
We’ve got plenty of time to get from Piraeus to the airport by taxi. It must have been a strange sight, as airport personell is approaching Marijke asking her if she needs help….So much for my image as the always friendly husband.