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A Great sailing day ahead

A Great sailing day ahead The day began with little to no wind but by lunch time, it came. Up went the sails and my good friend Mark was keen to take the helm and within minutes we were cutting through the water and on our way. He still managed a beer though, I see!

We had a week to achieve as much sailing as we could. My friend Mark had travelled from Canada with his wife to experience the joy of sailing in the Mediterranean. A long journey by plane and sea. We all hoped the wind would give us the amount of sailing wanted.

Skippered sailing gives the beginner the chance to learn the basics. Sailing a 49ft yacht requires concentration and a basic understanding of how sail and wind work together. Mark was a beginner but soon grasped the fundamentals. Consequently he spent a goodly amount of the day at the helm.

We had set out that day to arrive late afternoon in Fiscardo.  We motored for the first 2hrs and pulled into Skorpios bay. Dropped anchor and plunged into the warm waters of the Ionian. A large bay that is popular for sailors. It’s sheltered from the prevailing wind and offers a small cafe with a great choice of snacks and ices. There is the site of an old and ancient Monastery. It’s a bit of a hike to get there. The path to the site is little used and very over grown. However after a while you reach what is left of the Monastery. Due to its age there is consequently not too much left to see. In addition it is badly over grown. There are however still the olive trees that have seeded from the originals first introduced by the monks.