We are checked out of Greece and the EU with a grace period of 7 days for me and 10 for Jim. The Immigration officer here in Prevesa actually counted the days we had been in the EU! (You can have 90 days out of a rolling 180). Scoff laws beware! Headed to Albania for a few days to get out of the Schengen Area and potential VAT taxes.
No photo for this one because it all happened so fast….
We are hunkered down in Northenmost Greece, waiting for some weather to blow through tomorrow. So what does Jim do when there’s 20 knots of wind in the Bay? Jim goes kiting off the back of the boat!
We are way in the back of the mooring field. No one behind us. A mile away from the channel. Jim gets up and goes kiting for about 5 minutes, when the Coast Guard boat swoops down on us with sirens wailing and two very pissed off Coasties telling him to let go of the kite and get in their boat. He was right behind Morpheus when this all took place. Jim talked them into letting him hook the kite to the boat, grab his papers and shoes, into the Coast Guard boat he jumps and he’s gone.
Now what? I’m alone, anchored off on the boat, and they have taken Jim to God knows where. I watch the CG boat to make sure I know which Marina they are going to, then clean up all the lines and kite gear, grab the phones, wallets, and a book, and off I go in the dingy to track down my husband. This could take all night….
As I’m tying up the dingy to the docks, I look down the pier, and here comes Jim. He’d already gotten himself out of jail. The Coast Guard said they had received at least 10 calls from boats in the anchorage about Jim kiting. Apparently you are not allowed to kiteboard in the anchorage or in the shipping lane. Jim explained that he wasn’t in the anchorage and didn’t cross into the shipping lane…. As it turned out, the CG guys were very nice and just explained that there was no kiting here, at all. When Jim walked in all wet, the guys in the office just laughed and let him go.
The anchorage will be a lot emptier once we figure out who made those calls….
Who could have guessed back in 2002 when we first met these two New Zealanders in Musket Cove, Fiji that the four of us would spend time cruising in Greece together in 2015 & 2016??
It was great to get back to the boat and find friends immediately. We spent about a week and a half bouncing from harbor to harbor. Good times!!
We are currently sailing between several of the Greek Ionian Islands. They are beautiful and seem to all have too many anchorages to count. It’s really difficult to believe that we will be leaving them in just about a week.
We are enjoying our reunion with Paul and Amanda Mitchell whom we met in Fiji in 2002. Paul and Amanda live in New Zealand and we’ve spent time with them there as well as here in Greece last year. We always have a great time together. This cruising world is a small one!! It will be difficult to leave them next week…
However; we’ve planned to meet our friends Torben and Judy Bentsen in Barcelona mid September for well over six months. We both left the Richmond Yacht Club within months of one another in 2010, and we have run into them in both Mexico and the Caribbean. Barcelona is next!!
PLUS, it’s time for the La Merce Festival!!!
So, in about one week, Deb and I will set off on what will be a bit more than a 1,000nm journey leaving Greece behind and heading towards a big party and some friends in Barcelona. These trips never turn out the way you think, but here are our initial thoughts regarding our stops along the way.
All of this is of course weather dependent. So, stand by and compare this to reality as we move forward!!
We are back in Greece, onboard our boat, and having a bit of trouble figuring out how to restart this blog of ours.
Many of you know that I lost my Mother to a terrible disease (COPD) in late June, and have been home helping to sort out her affairs until just a few days ago. She was a great lady, mother, and friend to many.
She was also the person that I wrote this blog for. If we posted an update, we’d hear back with questions or suggestions within 24 hours. She was our biggest fan, and served as a virtual crew always ready to do a bit of research or help us with our plans. As Mike Wallach says, “She was our reader!”. We don’t have many of those, so we’ll see how the blog changes going forward.
Anyway, to get things kicked off, here is a quick video with a few pictures taken over the last week as we returned to Greece, the boat, and the company of some friends!!
Don’t worry. She will be released soon for good behavior.
I’ve left the boat in Lefkas to join Jim in the US. My last minute routing took me through Iceland, and WOW airlines had no problems taking ESDs, so I was good to go… or so I thought. I was met by security as I got off the plane. The airline had no problem flying the dog, but Iceland has a 4 week mandatory quarantine. If you are just flying through with a dog, they have to be kept in holding here at the airport. Uggg. So I left Ita in dog jail overnight and got some sleep. My 14 hour layover is turning into 15+, so Ita’s not real happy, we will live through our “forced separation”.
P.S. Iceland is a funny country. 75% of the people are BLOND… like white blond, and TALL. The men are all 6’3″. Everyone who’s working is under 30 y/o.