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Best Passerelle ever!

We're off again, although not quite as planned. We originally booked our second sailing trip for last year to Turkey with our chums Andy and Rosie, which was then re-booked for our second sailing trip for this year. Alas Turkey is still not to be, so we had to find an alternative. Readers of earlier blogs will know how much Ellison and I were taken by the Dodecanese islands and how keen we were to return to further explore the north in particular. So here we are, back in Kos to do just that, this time on Cecelia, a Bavaria 41. There'll be more pictures of Cecelia but the only picture of her so far is the one below of her rather wide bum (I'll come onto that later, or maybe in another blog).

So onto the main subject of the blog, the Passerelle (a french word meaning footbridge or gangway). On a yacht this is one of the means to get on and off the boat when parked stern too. The alternative, in common vernacular, is a gangplank, described in Webster's dictionary as 'a moveable bridge used in boarding or leaving a ship'. However this makes the gangplank sound much fancier than it really is. The humble gangplank is in fact just a plank of wood (as used by builders). It is often too short, too narrow, usually warped (making it wobbly) and prone to pass splinters onto the user when handled.

The Passerelle on the other hand is a thing of wonder. Permanently attached to the yacht with hinges at it's base, it's simply lowered down onto the harbour wall. It is wider than a plank, flat and the lines used to lower it can be used to steady oneself when boarding or leaving the yacht.

To young agile pirates the gangplank is more than satisfactory, indeed there was a time I would have scoffed at the namby pamby passerelle, but no more! I'm not saying we're old, although some may, but we're not as agile as we were or worst still not as agile as we think we are. The result is that the features of yachts which we might once have looked for are now of secondary importance to the marvellously fantastic Passerelle. Ellison has given Cecelia's Passerelle 9.5/10!!

We're off to Nisyros tomorrow which we were at twice on our last trip, but only as a stopover on the way to somewhere else. We're keen to loiter this time and hire a car to explore the island.

Before I finish, I might weave a tad of Greek mythology into this holiday's blogs, starting with Nisyros. According to mythology, Nisyros was created by Poseidon who arrived in Kos pursuing the giant Polyvotis. In an effort to kill him, he cut off a piece of Kos and threw it at Polyvotis, this piece of rock is now Nisyros. The volcanic activity of the island is attributed to the roars of the giant Polyvotis, trying free himself from the weight of the rock that been on top of him for centuries.

Where too after Nisyros? Who knows, depends where the weather gods take us (maybe more about them later as well!),


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