Finally we have a bit of time to write posts about what has happened since leaving Malta. The last day in Ta’ Xbiex was very nice – we had our last lunch in a cozy cafe nearby and said farewell to the guys there and at other places we often visited. Some Estonian and Maltese friends visited us on the boat and finally (it was about time) we carried out the boat renaming ceremony.
For those who don’t know, renaming the boat requires a very precise ritual. When left undone it will bring bad luck (very bad) to the boat and we sure didn’t want to risk that. According to the legend, every vessel is recorded in Neptune’s list of boats, so before adding a new one, the old must be completely removed from his memory. This means we had to take all the towels, documents, stickers, cups etc which had the old name, off the boat. And under no circumstances you can’t carry the new name on board before you have completed the ceremony.
The old name had to be thrown into the sea, so we had a nice metal plate with it made in Valletta, but of course when needed, it was nowhere to be found. So a quick replacement was made – label on a knife. That had to do. We took out the finest wine we had in the fridge and Martin improvised a great speech about the previous life of Cardissa (old name of the boat) and asked sea gods to protect her and give us fare winds and smooth seas. We didn’t have a fancy orchestra, but Martin’s harmonica skills saved the day and gave the boat renaming ceremony a final touch.
I had to do all the hard work. Literally hard, ’cause it’s not so easy to smash a glass bottle on an anchor, this one was especially strong. We had our dear friend Kristo documenting these fine moments and he did an amazing job. Finally, when we revealed new stickers on the stern, Süstik was officially added to Neptune’s list of boats to protect. Great joy and much fun.