Met up with another Mark from Belgium who also has
a 440 Lagoon and looks not too dissimilar to Bud Spencer! He was most interested
in our wind generator set up and asked to come aboard and have a look at
it.Turns out that he winters in Tunisia and has met Barbara and Rick from "Far
Out",so we were catching up on news regarding them. Decided to move on to
Emerald Bay which apparently is a beautiful spot to anchor,well we motor sailed
the short distance to this bay only to find "no room at the inn", so we
continued down to Preveza where we will at last make our presence known in
Anchored just off one of the marinas in
Preveza.Mark went ashore in search of the Port Police Office to check in.What a
fiasco ,he arrived at some office only to be told that he needed first to go to
another obscure office to pay a tax and then from there he had to return to the
first office to complete in triplicate forms for the cruising license and pay
another fee,2 hrs later he managed to obtain the DEKPA and return to the
I went ashore in the afternoon to get some
provisions and have a look around for myself,unfortunately everywhere was closed
apart from street cafes,it seems that Wednesday afternoon is half day closing so
so much for my victual experience.Decided to go ashore early the next day and
then sail deeper into the bay to a well sheltered anchorage just west of the
village of Vonitsa so that we can at least have a swim.
Making our way to Vonitsa we espied a large dolphin
swimming quite near to the fish farms that we were passing.
Anchored in the bay only to find the Belgium chap
Mark anchored in the same bay.He was really pleased to see us and invited us for
supper the next night aboard his boat as a thank you for all the information we
had given him.
The next morning we were awoken by a tapping on the
hull to find Mark ,the Belgium, chap pointing out a problem with our bow
roller.The outer side had been wrenched off the spar and all the hexagonal bolts
had popped off.We could only put this down to have occurred on our short stay in
Mark said he would give us a lift into the village
as he was going in anyway to get some provisions.We found a small iron monger
and bought a couple of clamps to reinforce the bow roller and then went for a
quick drink to think about the problem and what we should do.
On returning to the boat Mark took the strain off
the main bow roller and transferred the strain onto our 2nd small bow roller and
then used the clamps to support the bent roller.Mark has decided it would be
better if we try to fix this problem once we are ensconced in our over wintering
marina where we would have lots of time on our hands to sort the problem out
without , hopefully,any difficulties.
I then went to help the Belgium Mark to gather
clams from the shore as that
is what he will be cooking tonight,clams and
Had a lovely meal that evening with lots of
Tunisian wine that both Marks drank with gusto!!!
The next morning awoke to grey skies and heavy
rain,it looks like we are in for around 4 days of rain so we will settle in here
and get ourselves confortable!!!