Argostoli: this was a perfect spot to make landfall. Our lines were taken by a super friendly Greek man and we were so close to the Port Police we just had to step a few metres to get checked in. It is a lovely town with great markets, restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. We regrouped, did the laundry started to think about the jobs we needed to do for layup and generally relished the last few days.
Argostoli to Preveza: we had two full weeks to get to Preveza and leave the boat so the first few days we mosied in the Ionian. Met some fun people and navigated the Lefkas canal into Preveza marina where we set about finishing the boat cover (thank goodness this job had been started in Naples). It was a big undertaking and going up and down the companionway from the dock to sew was quite challenging pulling the ever growing cover with me . Incredibly nothing got stitched to the wrong piece and the last touches were done with fingers crossed it would fit once Onegin had been lifted! the only casualty in the proceedings was my pride when I misjudged the passarelle whilst carrying a roll of canvas and slipped off into the drink! lesson learned: don’t try and carry too much and make sure the passarelle is square to the dock before rushing off….
Cleopatra Marina: rain and wind in the forecast we arrived at the travel lift within our time slot, were lifted and moved so efficiently and politely we couldn’t fault it. The rain did ease off to give us time to remove the sails and get the cover on pretty quickly which was a huge relief because it actually rained for the balance of our time so all jobs were conducted in the dry and protection of one very snazzy cover! The yard is huge with row upon row of boats chocked up for the winter. Onegin was so close to the back forty that we were very grateful to have our bikes to get around. We wondered at what point in the season the boats in Row A had been pulled, we were in Row O in October perhaps they came out in April. Boat put to bed we waved a soggy goodbye returning to Lisbon five months to the day we left.