Web Diary Weds 5 September 2007

Sun 9 Sep 2007 17:24
WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2007                                                                    ASTIPALAIA POSITION   36:34.46N   26:23.14E
A day to remember !   Left Tilos early, heading straight into the wind again, so, motor on and head towards Astipalaia.   An hour out of Tilos, the instruments went off line and we had a 70 degree variation between the compass in the cockpit and the autohelm - so we had to recalibrate the instruments.  Then the mainsail stuck in the mast so we couldn't use it, and the engine started playing up - so we sailed, tacked & tacked..
Dropped anchor in Analipsis finally at 19.30hrs.  Relief !
A day of maintenance & repairs, unjammed the mainsail and re-attached it to the furling hook (!), sealed around the chainplates to stop more leaks (beginning to wonder whether we're on a boat or a tea strainer..), M sewed up the torn bimini and Heff did a very snazzy splice of anchor warp (rope) to the anchor chain!   Sailed around the headland to Skala, refuelled, then treated ourselves to dinner in a harbourside restaurant.