Vathi, Mesalongi – Friday 7 September 2018
We were supposed to leave our berth in the morning, but we were still waiting for the outboard to be returned as they promised it would be done in the morning. While we waited I went into town to a supermarket to do the last bits of shopping. I persuaded the marina to let us stay until the motor was returned. Frankly the pontoon was empty and we saw no sign of the numerous Sunsail boats that were supposed to be arriving.
Finally at 1:00pm the outboard arrived and we made a quick departure down the canal, eating our luncheon sandwiches. We only had ten miles to go so there really was no rush. There was no wind but we put up the Genoa for a bit of the time. When we got to Vathi we contacted the marina who claimed they had no ordinary berths but could put us on a wall where we would have to put out the anchor. We really had little choice and the berthing man was very helpful showing us just where to put the anchor down. They wanted us to be nearly 2 meters from the wall and use one of their long heavy boards as a passarelle. But we persuaded them that with our keel up we were safe, so we went closer in and used our gear. There is electricity and water so it is fairly civilised.
This is a sweet town. The marina seems to have taken over all the mooring spots other than those for tourist boats and fishermen. We had an iced coffee and got enough WIFI to download our papers and e-mails. We ate on board as we really needed to finish the left over chicken curry before it went off. Richard seems a bit better, but has developed a cough. We are thinking of staying another day, but there isn’t much here, except a butcher shop!