After leaving Frikes, we motored down the coast (funny, when you want to sail, there’s no wind; when you want to anchor, up comes the wind!), looking for a nice spot to anchor awhile and have a swim.
Took a peek at Kioni on the way; looks nice, but small harbour so we’d have to anchor outside and tie the stern to a rock. Maybe another time. Tried anchoring short-term nearby, but the anchor was in fairly deep water and the bottom dropped away fairly steeply. That meant that we couldn’t really safely get out of the boat and swim as there was a risk that the boat might swing around onto the rocks. So off we go.
We motored right to the end of the Gulf of Aetou, where the water shelved gently and became conveniently shallow for anchoring and swimming. Which we did, in about 6 metres. Very pleasant. About 4 o’clock we decided it woud be prudent to find shelter in Vathy as the wind was coming up again. What did I say about sailing/anchoring?
We anchored stern-to next to another boat which had just arrived. We agreed that we’d probably crossed anchor chains, but in the windy beam-on conditions, all is forgiven and we’ll sort it out tomorrow.
We thought we were inexperienced, and feel embarrassed sometimes when anchoring. Turns out we must be experts. Since Sandra is limited in her movements, it falls to me to run around dropping anchor, tieing up and making sure all is done properly. Sandra takes the wheel and backs up as I drop the anchor (boats don’t steer well when going backwards), and seems to have the technique pretty well nailed.
Not so some other crews. Notably the catamaran with about 10 crew aboard which had numerous failed attempts to get tied up before finally succeeding after about 40 mins. Granted, cats tend to swing to wind very easily being so lightweight, but with two engines it seems to me that you could do a variation of a “crosswind landing” approach.
Astern of our boat there is a shelf below the water, which means that we can’t get close enough to the shore to get off the boat. Didn’t stop the council cash collectors from coming around and taking €12 from us for the privilege of tieing up there. Not good value!