On our last day in Mahon, Sarah sent me off in the dinghy to pick up Asia’s birthday presents, which had been sent to the local post office (incidentally this is a great service Amazon offers – you can buy on line and arrange for the item to be sent to a local post shop).
Anyway, she sent me to the wrong bay, so after a looong time I found the post shop and retrieved the package. No big deal, but deserved an ice cream.
While traveling back to Hector in the dinghy I noticed another dinghy with two ladies in it (both clinging on to a small rock in the middle of the harbour) and a man frantically pulling on the starter rope of the engine. Now in these situations one must proceed with care…normally the male definitely does NOT need help, while the female is more than willing to be given a hand. In this particular case, we had a husband and wife and mother-in-law. Well, the wife was not talking to the husband (this is normal), but the interesting one was the mother-in-law. She was ready to jump ship. Before I had a chance to ask if they needed help, the mother-in-law was throwing me the line and yelling bravo, bravo! For the husband, it was a rather long tow back to their yacht.
The French being French were very hospitable and friendly. Later that afternoon Sarah and I were down below and we saw a yacht very close to our port window. At this point I would normally go up on deck yelling, but when I arrived on deck, I saw the French with the husband (yes husband) holding up a bottle of red wine, yelling, “thank you very much, this is a very fine bottle of French wine for you”. We successfully transferred the bottle without damaging either ship and I promised to drink the wine on arrival into Sardinia.
Indeed the wine was outstanding. For those interested, it was a 2014 Chateau Fauzan, Minervois. See a photo below of our celebratory dinner on finishing our three day crossing to Sardinia.
To the French (sorry I didn’t catch the name of your yacht)…Thank you very much for a great wine!
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