G and T Sunset and Dolphins
Mor Toad / Moy Toad
David and Jocelyn Fawcett
Fri 29 Sep 2017 06:03
We woke this morning ( now yesterday) to grey skies and rain. Bother! Several cups of tea later we finally got up and decided to go out for breakfast. Lots sailors coming back into the marina with bags of shopping obviously keener than us. We found a cafe for breakfast - coffee and a croissant style bun fllled with cheese ham and tomatoes - pretty calorific but fitted the bill. David then decided he'd better go to the hardware shop again to see if he could get a spiral wired pipe unblocking tool for sorting the heads!! Success €6,50 he acquired a 'millazzo strulavindini' with the aid of google translation!! We dont think that quite the right Italian - he threw the packaging away but apparently the guy in the shop understood!!
By now the weather had started to improve so boat made fit for sea and we exited the marina along with several other boats.
We decided to head to Panarea not Stromboli as David wanted to try and sort the heads. Weather forecast good so a 'nice anchorage ' was required.
After a couple hours motoring in calm waters sun shining we reached the island of Panarea . Charts round these islands are interesting.
and after a little motor around checking main port area where you can anchor there were several boats in a couple of bays which according to the books are not anchorages but according to other readings people use so 'they were so we did!
The main port is small , no marina lots of local boats but also where ferries come in continuosly so not a good spot to be.
Apparently this island and just looking at the houses is where in summer the rich and famous come!
David spent the afternoon trying to debunk the outlet to the aft heads with some success but in the process created a hole in a brass pipe which is below the waterline!
We suspect the corrosion was extensive on the inside causing the blockage. Now temporarily fixed sea cock turned off and useable but on limited basis
Boats came and went all day including tripper boats with people enjoying a swim but by evening just two of us left.
Calm peaceful definitely a night for a G and T and we did. Amazing sunset and dolphins several large ones swam across the bay. What a change from the previous night. Very very good.
Late in the afternoon we put the dinghy in as I'd read there were the remains of a prehistoric village on the headland . Indeed there was
Moy Toad at anchor.
The geology round here is interesting volcanic and plenty of Columnar basalt.
A beautiful morning, calm seas and a swim beckons before breakfast and then off to Stromboli.