|Inside a blue cave||Near the blue caves|
Next day, the threatened wind was hardly more than F4, probably 5 or 6 outside, and we would have been safe on the SW wall. Still, better safe than sorry!
|Zakinthos harbour||Bay outside Zakinthos town|
We had a day to ourselves before Murray and Chreanne finished their stay with Pete and Carlie, so explored the town, finding excellent fruit and veg shops near to the SW corner of the harbour (which, incidentally, looked a good place to anchor a cat). Then a ride to the south coast, where the protected turtle beach is backed by rather horrible holiday developments, and inland through attractive, and flat countryside. Finally, in the evening we cycled, or rather pushed the bikes, up to the castle overlooking the town.
When Murray and Chreanne arrived next morning, we set out for Kefalonia in a light headwind, which made it less than certain that we would complete the trip. However, the wind backed and strengthened until we could lay Katelios, on the SE corner of Kefalonia, on a close reach. We anchored off the beach in 4m over sand to enjoy the excellent shelter of the bay, with a nice bar where we could sip our wine and admire Razzmatazz.
The wind was fickle next day, and it wasn't till tea time that the afternoon north-westerly gave us a vigorous beat up Kolpos Arostoliou and then a run down to Argostoli, where spent a couple of nights relaxing.
Finally we needed to get back to Zakinthos. The morning started with thundery threats. By mid-morning, it seemed to have cleared, so we beat out of Kolpos Arostoliou to round the lighthouse and run off to the south. But more thunderstorms appeared, to east and west. We tucked in a couple of reefs and had a splendid run between the storms to St Nick, dead down wind, in F 5 to 6, to moor again on the SW quay.