forming an Aegean Odyssey pack

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In   subsequent blog posts my companions on our recent Aegean odyssey are represented by canines to allow your imagination to create scenes potentially more bizarre than the actual events.   Meet the pack arranged in order of sailing experience:

  • JoJo: the 50ft Bavaria50 yaught, chartered by GAP, that housed the pack for 10 days this summer.
  • Afghan Hound (50s):   JoJo’s skipper, German. Single, daughter at college.   Afghan wants to provide a genuine sailing experience, provide each pack member with a good, safe, holiday and manage the Greek based team of GAP skippers.
  • Chocolate Labrador (46):  Rhode Island, US,  married.   Owns a small sail boat.   Labrador is using time when sailing-unenthusastic spouse is working away to indulge passions for sailing and exploring foriegn cultures.   Labrador has attempted to learn Greek conversation with the support of utube.   I met Labrador in 2004 when we shared a room on a GAP tour of Costa Rica.   Labrador doesn’t snore or  produce smelly farts in the night.   Knowing this, we planned to share a cabin on JoJo.
  • Border Collie (44): Reading, UK, steadily single (me, Wendy),    I have an ancient  RYA Dinghy sailing licence, level 2, acquired at a Royal Navy training base.   The training methodology involved a perplexing frequent use of the Anglo-Saxon word for copulation in an apparently unsystematic and technically inaccurate manner.    I joined in with the liberal and unsystematic use of this term which did appear to stump  the Navy trainers.   For a couple of years I owned a Byte that successfully decorated my garage in the US.   I want to explore the current and past Greece at a leisurely pace,  repeatedly dive off  JoJo, avoid the sunshine, drink beers,  read books, practice sketching and bolster my memory with notes and photographs.
  • Golden Retriever (30): Minnesota, US,  has pottered about on boats on the Great lakes,   is married to
  • Springer Spaniel (30): Minnesota, US, has also pottered about on boats on the Great Lakes.   Spanial has known  the Retriever since pre-school,   started dating in high school.   They are interested in Temples,   archeological artefacts, museums, social anthropological history and sunbathing on-deck.
  • Red Setter (30): Seattle, US, recently divorced.   No sailing experience. Red doesn’t tolerate unfairness, and is equipped with the intellect to quickly talk-back when encountering mistreatment and unfairness.   Red wants to dance and explore culture.   This is the first vacation Red has taken alone abroad,   Red arrived early and tried out the Youth Hostel in Thira.
  • Standard Poodle (26): Sidney, Australia, Greek parents, no sailing experience, unmarried and behaving as if in love.   This involved cell phone predominantly attached to ear and conversations like ‘no you hang-up first’ and sleeping with the cell-phone clasped between both hands on their sternum.   Poodle had saved a long time to be able to afford this holiday which started in Spain,   involved visiting family in Athens and ould continue after the sail in Corfu.   Poodles luggage was of a different opinion.   It never arrived in Greece.  As far as I know it is still AWOL.  Poodle arrived with the bare essentials; cell-phone, credit card, swimwear and toothbrush looking forward to meeting the luggage,  sunbathing,   dancing and partying.  

Inside Jojo before setting sail:      Galley             dangerous staircase           Lounge

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