Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Walk/Swim/Sail One Hundred and Twenty-One – Astrous to Khaidari

We walked around the town of Astrous buying provisions. Hugo and Tom had made a model catamaran – with a magnificent skull and crossbones spinnaker – out of plastic bottles, for the kids boatbuilding competition, which took place in the harbour before we left. As we were at the end of the jetty, it was a breeze getting out of the harbour. We sailed alongside the friends we’d made, Michael and Jane, on their yacht ‘Ellhn’ for part of the journey. We had fun making it clear to them that they needed to pose as I was drawing them as we sailed.
We then found a tiny little bay off a small island to stop for lunch. Cave-like structures and a rock paddling pool for Xavier added to the fun. I dived for the first urchin shell present of the holiday for Xavier – many more followed.
Khaidari was a small place at the end of a long inlet. The inlet had a tiny stone church on one side and the remains of a Venetian fort on the other. There were fish farms at the end and a lovely view of a sugar loaf hill or mountain. That evening we all anchored, so I set myself the exercise challenge of swimming around the whole fleet of eleven yachts, which took me about an hour.
A quick shower and change and a ride over on the dinghy for dinner with everyone at the taverna.
Unlike many portraits, this one did capture something of George, a flotilla sailing instructor, characteristically making his point in a discussion.


Blogger Alison said...

I love this one - the instructor looks like 'come on, guys, believe me' and everyone else looks so dubious/anxious

12:43 am  
Blogger Tami said...

You definately captured the looks of lecturing and concentration in this sketch! Gosh, your trip sounds so amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the details with us!

4:44 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

This was dinner. I think George was just being vociferously opinionated about something that had absolutely nothing to do with sailing here, I think it was something to do with the superiority of all things Russian (a cause that George was newly converted to – coincidentally with his new Russian wife!)

11:57 pm  

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