Mama Mia! – The Butcher of Spetses

Weeks have passed and so too have the Greek Islands of the Didocanese – Simi, Tilos, Kos, Leros, Patmos; the Cyclades – Mykonos, Paros, Serifos, and the Saronic Gulf -Spetses, Poros, Hydra plus some spectacular anchorages along the coast of the Peloponnese.

Gone are the long sailing passages and sleepless nights, replaced by sleepless nights brought on by mosquitoes and loud music emerging from chartered yachts carrying small groups of millennials trying to outdo the local clubs! Gone are the delicious cheap local restaurants of Indonesia and the South East Asian area, replaced by the delicious expensive local restaurants of the Mediterranean. Gone are all our friends from the Oyster World Rally, and our split off group of three – nearly all who have now resumed their previous lives! Miss Tiggy continues on with the same aim – complete the circumnavigation…..albeit months after everyone else.

A short trip to London brought home just how much time has passed since we departed. We had forgotten our front gate code, our ATM PIN numbers, and how to open the windows in the Mini. Pounds sterling notes and coins have changed and the bank notes we were still holding were out of date. We are also now both eligible for free trains and buses on the London transport system.

The internet is more freely available to us now and many hours at sea have been spent listening to the ABC radio AFL broadcast, specifically the Melbourne Demons, which has brought little joy! We definitely feel like we are more a part of the world again with news updates done at the table every morning over breakfast. We have missed much of the Brexit debate (thank goodness) which seems to have gone on forever. We have been up close and personal with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, our very own 6cm tsunami, and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

James’ birthday came and went and we were joined by Will and Theo to help celebrate. We retraced the steps of our honeymoon charter sailing experience between Poros, Spetses and Hydra in the Saronic Gulf. Not much has changed in the past 30+ years apart from many more tourists and charter boats jostling for limited anchorages. The highlight was a long leisurely birthday lunch overlooking the port of Hydra! Even Calum, our ex Scottish swimmer who normally doesn’t drink much, enjoyed a big afternoon out, encouraged by the rest of the group!

Yesterday we transited through the Corinth Canal, the third major Canal of our journey. The only downside of our passage was the loss of one of our Crew members, Calum’s drone, aptly named Drona, who ended up head first mid stream after crash landing in a tree! She has documented many hours of our journey and has also been a useful tool for assessing heights of bridges to ensure our 27 metre mast would pass under the structure. She will be missed!!

Time spent with friends, on and off the on boat, has been special. Jude Turner stayed on Miss Tiggy for two nights in Mykonos and a lunch date with Jann and Ian Patrick on Miss T while in Spetses was a case of being in the same place at he same time – how lucky! Also, it was Jann who alerted me to the Butcher of Spetses, clearly the most handsome Greek butcher around…attested to by his totally female clientele.

Our journey west continues towards Palma!

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