Here's a word not often heard- a mediterranean hurricane. It was well forecast (unusual in this corner of Greece) and after four days of stormy weather, finally hit on Saturday. Kalamata marina was full of boats as everyone fled anchorages to find cover and we took down all of our canvas to prepare. We tripled ropes and left Lyra to her own devices, spending pretty much all day in the marina cafe, watching the waves break over the 4 metre sea wall. There was some small damage to boats in the marina, but given the severity of the conditions- 66 knots of wind recorded- no real damage. Reports of several boats sunk around the coasts underlined just how powerful a storm it turned out to be.
As we have sailed around since Saturday we have seen major storm damage along the coasts and are very grateful to the quality of weather forecasting of this event. There had never been a Medicane before 1990, now there's one in the Med nearly every year. This is directly the result of warming sea temperatures (27C currently) and whatever the cretinous climate change deniers say, is directly caused by man's activities.
It has taken quite a time to get everything on Lyra fixed. Electricians, insurers, assessors, surveyors have all added to delay and eventually I had to travel out here to Greece to supervise and hustle everyone along. Having said all of that, the work has been completed to a high standard and everyone has been very obliging. Just about everything with the brand B&G has required replacing and we have bedded in the new equipment and have enjoyed some test sails calibrating the new gear and getting to grips with some of the updates from the old equipment. It's amazing how four years in electronics changes so much these days.
The whole month of September has been lost for sailing, and of course, the weather down here in the Peloponnese has been perfect for exploring.