They arrived in Parga on a sunny afternoon, clear skies, still waters and a fresh
warm breeze. A charming picturesque town on the coast of the Ionian Sea in
Greece. They strolled down, past the brightly painted houses, to the harbour.
She wore a blue cotton dress with seagulls, sandals and a straw hat, pulling
along a small smart blue suitcase. He wore a blue t-shirt and khaki shorts and
white trainers and carried a large heavy duty rucksack. All ready for their sailing
“ Do you know how to sail? “ asked Will.
“ No! The nearest I got to that was steering a friend’s 50 foot Swedish yacht
down the river Orwell in Suffolk. More of a picnic rather than sailing! “ replied
“But I do know my port from my starboard and I learn fast Will, “ she added in a
“ I booked us on a flotilla holiday, we have a Dufour 32 sailboat, it has
everything we’ll need on board, including cooking, sleeping and bathing
facilities.” he explained, sounding pleased with himself.
Every morning they were given details of weather conditions and instructions
on how to navigate to their destination. There were always experts available to
answer any questions or concerns. It was a safe way of learning to sail, so she
They discovered many beautiful sandy, sun-kissed beaches and swam in
crystal clear blue waters. They sailed to small islands dotted about in the
“ This is the life Will, I feel so relaxed!” She enthused.
It had been a crazy time in her life, but now she felt away from it all.
“ If only life could always be just plain sailing Ava!” Replied Will, in his usual
mellow laidback voice with a big smile on his face.
Today, they were sailing to the caves near Lakka, on the northern tip of Paxos.
When they started the weather was calm, but as the day went on, it became
very windy. They had anchored their boat just outside the caves and rowed into
the caves in their dingy.
On their return, they secured the dingy, and were about to set sail, when they
encountered freaky crosswinds, which made their boat spin in circles,
The boat was going to hit the rocks…
“ Make the emergency call! ” Will shouted.
Ava tumbled down into the cabin to the radio.
She could feel the adrenaline rush, her heart thumping as she went into
Somehow, she managed to make the call in a calm, assertive voice.
She had rehearsed this many times in her head, she said:
“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
This is sailing yacht Endeavour, Endeavour, Endeavour
MMSI 2341880 Callsign MBC5
Mayday, sailing yacht Endeavour
MMSI 2341880 Callsign MBC5
My position is 39.23675 N, 20.13248 E
I am spinning and have lost control, about to hit rocks
I require immediate assistance
Two persons on board
Along came a reply:
“ We see you, on our way. Over.”
She felt great relief knowing that help was on the way.
She quickly stumbled back on deck, as the boat spun round and round. She felt
giddy and disorientated.
Before she knew, three people were on board taking charge and steered the
boat way from the rocks and pulling the sails down and gaining control of the
That evening, Will and Ava laughed at their adventure, as they enjoyed their
supper on board, under the star lit sky and toasted to a life well lived!