Whilst the mast was lying on the quay side, we joined in with the yacht club evening activities. People were so helpful and in return John proposed to help any members who had any electronic problems on their boat, the first turned out to be Spyros who had some instrumentation problems. Then we met Yanis, the club secretary/treasurer and a very keen racer, John and he had a lot to talk about. The Chalkida's Skippers' Sailing Club is a very sociable club and members, especially Spyros (John called him the 'Coffee man' he made the best coffee, and I had few very good frappes) arrived every day for coffee in the morning/lunch time and then in the evening for coffee and sometimes dinner - food being brought in either by the members or take-away's. Despite the hard time they are have these people continue to be cheerful and enjoy their life.
Whilst we were there, we were invited to some good evening feasts. First a sardines BBQ, the food was abundant and delicious, there was music and I even joined the girls for a bit of Greek dancing. Another visitor, Constantin, organized a 'kid BBQ' (that's baby goat, not the screaming type) again delicious and more than you could eat, and of course more Greek dancing and vino and lots of fun.
We made ourselves comfortable on the quay, we had water and electricity, which meant we could have the air-conditioning, temperature in the cabin was in the 30 deg C. so it was great to have a cool night's sleep, despite the club dog barking at 5a.m. Since the mast was down, we took the opportunity to polish it, fit a new anchor light and replace some of the ropes. We met another Stavros, the shipchandler, very helpful and friendly,he has a shop not far from the marina but always dropped bits off if he was passing. Whilst John was playing on the mast, I did some painting maintenance, and some clearing. We also found that the kayak had completely rotted in the sun, so it had to be binned, which made some space on the boat.|