We spent Sunday sleeping in, chilling and stocking up, but the mobile shops were closed so we had to wait until Monday morning to get our new SIM cards for the laptop and ipad, which took hours because the Wind shop’s internet connection was down and another shop gave us the wrong SIM, so there was a lot of toing and froing, with the guy at Germanos finally sorting us out. We eventually got away a bit after one, only for the temperature gauge on the engine to shoot up. We dropped anchor off a beach and Simon dived over to see if the intake was clogged, which it was not. When he opened the door of the engine compartment he found that the raw water pump had fallen off – all four bolts had worked loose. He patched it up enough for us to motor sail to Agathonisi, which we reached about 7 pm.We had promised Kai that we would spend a week on Agathonisi, where he had made a lot of friends last year and when he came in June. The first evening he spent playing on the beach with his local Greek friends, but got annoyed with them when they sat around talking, not unreasonably, in Greek and leaving him out.
The following day, Tuesday, he made a new friend, Emilio, from Athens, who was staying with his grandmother for the summer and who spoke quite good English. Kai and Emilio had fun fishing together, catching a lot of little fish, which they dissected with a plastic knife, concluding that fish are built just like us.
On Wednesday Kai made another friend, Nicolas, who is Norwegian, has an ipad, and was on a one week charter with his family.
In the evening there was a big festival to celebrate the name day of the island, which is on Thursday. Motor boats came pouring in all afternoon bringing people in for the festival, and one tripper boatload arrived in the evening. After a meal at Yanni's we walked up the steep hill to the school in Megala Hora with our Norwegian friends and found a seat in the playground,
where the whole population of the island was sitting at trestle tables having a meal of souvlaki, sausages and so on.
At about 10.30 the music began, with a group of local musicians,
and the local folk dancing group started the dancing.
And the announcer broke into song
Soon the floor was filled with dancers, and Kai joined in almost at once, dancing joyously until 1.30 in the morning.
and the Greek navy arrived to show the flag - and to have a swim on the beach.
In the afternoon Kai's Italian friends from last year arrived on the ferry. Kai had a great time fishing and swimming with Alessandros, Katerina and Mikhelangelo.
and the boys had great plans for after Lin and Simon had got to sleep, but fortunately the boys slept first.
On Friday another smaller Greek navy boat arrived.
On Friday night Kai walked across the island with his Italian friends to a little taverna in a bay on the other side of the island. By the time he got back we were all ready for bed.
On Saturday morning we decided that we were almost out of water so had to go back to Leros to fill up. So it was goodbye to Katerina
and to Alessandro and Mikhelangelo
and we set off sailing. Kai has become such a good crew that Lin can take a leisurely approach to her duties.
We decided to stop for the night at Arkhangeli, where Kai did some great rowing
and made some new British friends who were on a chartered motor yacht anchored across the bay. They offered Kai a ride back in their dinghy, but he decided to swim back, all of 300 metres.
On Sunday morning we came back to Lakki and filled up with water, where Kai spent his whole week's pocket money playing computer games in the internet cafe.