Monday, 17 October 2016
Whilst at Sounion, when the wind changed 180º from S to N in early hours of the morning, we were swinging perilously close to a German yacht, which had earlier dropped their hook between us and another yacht. They were before the wind changed. After the wind changed it was a case of either us or them needing to move. Sue did her part and they (rightfully) picked-up their hook and went - not without suggesting our hook must be dragging! Something we can categorically say they were totally incorrect. We had dug our hook in well, had 60m chain out in 10m depths and the wind was <10kn.
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Whilst we were very happy being on the hook, once in the cockpit Saturday morning, we spotted plenty space in the harbour because several visiting yachts had slung their hook earlier that morning. Having decided we'd stay on hook and visit again in RIB we did the usual and changed our minds. (Sue first).
We didn't get a reply on the VHF but as we closed on the harbour were greeted by RIB and friendly staff. They have an excellent manner and can't do enough to help. Lazy-lines too. Even booked us a stretched-limo Fiat Panda for 9 a.m. next morning.
So we did the rounds. 55km roads mostly unimpaired by other traffic. What we call (almost no other cars on roads). Visited Skiros Town, museum, Rupert Brooks monument (1st World War poet famous for 'The Soldier').
Siros (AKA Syros as well other spellins) is a wonderful place. Locals most friendly. Harbour marina staff top class. Could easily have spent longer there and will revisit when next in these waters. Also met lady by name of Alda, who used to be Clerk in House of Commons, been visiting the island for many years and instantly recognised by locals. Her views on Members of Parliament, including Prime Ministers, Speakers and other MOPs since late 1960's were easy to listen to.
So today we've slipped lines heading towards Nisos Andos, 60 odd NM to our south. ETA late afternoon. No wind and no squiddy.
Earlier in the year we ended-up doing some repairs on our fridge and are pleased to see it's been working ticketeeboo. Last night I put the next 5L os Sue's wine in the evaporator part to chill it down, ready for transfer to bodies. This morning I decided to relocate it onto amshelf. The fridge is ticketeeboo! The 5L bladder of wine is frozen.
Thursday, 29 September 2016
When we set-off this morning we donked for first hour and a bit because we had little wind and rolly seas. We don't like flogging our sails when it's like this. Fortunately, after gettin' rid of a little excess and taking a shower it was evident the winds had strengthened just enough to contemplate getting the sails out. So we did and enjoyed some really pleasant sailing, broadreaching most the way here, as far as a shallow gap between Nisos Skiros and Nisos Valaxa, which pilot book describes as "It is scary". In the conditions we enjoyed today it was delightful, just bit shallow to pass through. Crystal clear water above easily observed detailed seabed.
We've decided to go on hook for tonight, harbour half NM away. Intention being to use RIB and visit Linaria town to have ganda and restock on fruit and veg, as well out-else taking our fancy? If we like the harbour and there's space, we might contemplate going into the harbour and tieing to dirt tomorrow. We'll see?
We enjoyed good sail from Nisos Kira Panayia. We visited Ormos Skantzoura on S coast of the island. A smaller bay with limited room to swing, which ment tieing-back. Sue didn't fancy the local geography and said "Lets continue towards Skiros" (a further 28NM) and was delighted to discover we had the option of another (much bigger) bay just over a NM further round the coast, where we enjoyed a lovely settled afternoon and overnight. Unfortunately, I forgot to recover squiddy so squiddy now resides in Davy Jones locker and we're a hundred metres or so shorter on fishing line, plus a lead weight. It also meant I had to skinny-dive under the yacht to check for fishing line round the prop. An enjoyable experience in crystal clear warmish water. Squiddy well disappeared along with all but few metres of line.
Very pleasant sunset too
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
The entrance is relatively narrow, say 50-60m with depths of 6m. It's open to the N and with a Meltimi blowing expect it could be bit scary getting in/out. We're lucky to have relatively light NE winds these past few days so no such daring needed. Once inside the entrance there's choice of two lagoons. We chose the E lagoon and the half dozen others who's arrived since us, for most once they get eyeball on us (plonked in the middle) seem to prefer the S lagoon. There's some small visiting fishing boats coming and going from time to time, even overnight, although tonight it looks like we might have the place entirely by ourselves. We've had two of the most peaceful nights possible so far and expecting same tonight (touch wood).
We haven't bothered visiting the island because there's only the odd goat for company. We're beginning to run out of fresh veg and fruit so intend making exit in morning, heading towards Nisos Skantzoura, to SE of us.
Ticketeeboo MMSI 235071989 Callsign 2CED3, Ham callsign = m0hng
At 27-Sep-16 07:19 UT our position was 39°20.71'N 024°04.71'E