June 7th, 2012

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Thursday June 7. Close to Corfu

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I  shall be on Corfu tomorrow and then plan to stay there through Sunday.  I am anchored in a beatutiful small cove near Mourtos at 39.34 N 20.14 E.

I think I am going to invest in a motorized dinghy and go around the anchorages and teach the bare boat charterers how to set an anchor. There is a large boat going around, with a bunch of Germans, for the last hour dropping his anchor all around the bay straight down and then drifting. It is just so simple, you drop the anchor while the boat is not making any headway and then you slowly back off, from the wind or current, direction letting enough chain out and then have the anchor set in the bottom.

Today was one of my best sailing days. I left Lefkada/Lefkas through the 8 a.m. bridge opening. I  had to put two reefs in and used the 90 % jib. It was blowing a good 20 knots. Then the wind eased to about 10/12 knots and I sailed fairly close hauled in a N.Westerly. with full main and the light 150% genoa. Just a little chop. But this is not enough wind for most of the “real” sail boats and most were motoring or motor sailing. That’s when I really appreciate my large main sail and light displacement. The shores have become greener with low brush and pine tres

“De Mastmakersdochters” : I had a long telephone conversation yesterday, on Skype, with the Dutch publisher. He will be able to do both the printed and e-book version. And since the printed version will be printed on demand it will also be possible to update any corrections/additions, that I expect will  come from the readers, in the printed version. Both should be available in the next months.