Nafpaktos port is picturesque, the view was even prettier when we climbed the mountain to the upper fort. There were a few Italian gelaterias and restaurants around the port and the town seemed to be busy even in November. The town is situated about a third of the way eastbound on the Corinthian gulf.
It is dark and we are headed for another unfamiliar port by night, I use the chart plotter, the pilot book and my eyes to navigate. We manage to dodge all the rocks around us and get closer to the marina. Thunders explode in our ears and lightning lights up the autumn sky. Most of the crew is on deck trying to identify the entrance to the marina on a dark night. The whole island looks haunted, the village is asleep and the marina lights are flashing (mostly off). The only lights to guide us in are lightning, for the first time in my life I am thankful for a thunderstorm.
It is well known that if the wind blows hard when you plan your maneuvers, she will blow way stronger whenever you approach the dock… We prepare the lines and fenders and get closer to the dock, lightning shows us the way and thunders makes the sound effects. This haunted Island with its dark village and deserted\half built marina made us believe there are zombies all around us… Shpongel jumped to the dock and the crew handed him the mid ship spring. I put Rachel in forward gear but the wind blows so strong that I have to rev the engine up to get us next to the dock. The mid ship spring worked like magic and we were able to comfortably tie Rachel to the dock. Once we were secured, Ouzo and wine came on deck and the rain started pouring from the sky. Perfect timing, what a exhilarating night. It is the dawning of a new day, we can see people waking up and the outlines of the village, we are safe to fall asleep now.
- Practice the use of spring lines on a calm day to understand the benefits of it.
- If you are caught sailing in a thunder storm go inside the cabin and stay away from the mast and other metal objects. Lightning discharges hundreds of thousands of volts. The best way to protect your boat and crew is to ground the mast through the keel to the water. Doing so will not promise 100% protection, but will reduce your chances of getting hurt.