colin on May 13th, 2017

Arkoi is a little island to the south of Samos. It has a taverna or two and what would be a nice harbour but for the prevailing wind which blows across the beams of any boats tying up there, giving plenty of scope for crossing anchors, while allowing room for only about 8 boats. And […]

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colin on May 11th, 2017

The online forecast suggested strong winds while we were in Samos, so we opted to stay a day or two in the Samos Marina, near Pythagorion. A nice marina, friendly “inmates”, and not too expensive. As usual, the forecast lied, but after a few days the blow came. Pythagorion is named after it’s most famous […]

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colin on April 30th, 2017

It was a calm day, so we motored over to Fournoi, north of Patmos. We expected to be able to tie up at the village quay, but was waved off and pointed to another area near the quay where we were expected to anchor. Didn’t like it there. Too deep for the anchor to be […]

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colin on April 28th, 2017

Another long day’s sailing, this time we used the wind. All too often we find ourselves motoring around the place because there’s insufficient wind to make it worthwhile hoisting the sails. Not today. It was a brisk (up to 8kts) sail almost due east to Patmos, one of the nicest islands we’ve visited so far. […]

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colin on April 26th, 2017

We left Mikonos and sailed past Delos. (The trip to Delos I did was done from Mykonos). A fairly long trip, about 45 miles, but pleasant, and with a nice, quiet bay on the south side of Denoussa for the overnight stay. Nicely sheltered from all but southern winds, the water a beautiful turquoise that […]

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colin on April 26th, 2017

In ancient times, Delos was the centre of the Greek world. The birthplace, according to the stories, of Apollo and Artemis, two of their most important gods. Ancient Delos became rich on the offerings of pilgrims visiting Apollo’s birthplace, and was consequently the pre-eminent cultural centre of it’s time. Occupied from about 3500BC, it reached […]

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colin on April 26th, 2017

From Syros to Mykonos. An easy sail, arriving early afternoon. Couldn’t work out how to change channel on the VHF. Was redirected by the Harbour Manager to tie up somewhere I didn’t really want. (The Greek Pilot book says you can tie up alongside…. not so). Anyway, long story short, got into a heated discussion […]

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colin on April 18th, 2017

Arrived in Syros, a few days ago. Had a few pleasant days/nights in Vari bay on the south side, then came to Ermoupoulos when the wind came up strongly from the south. Nice little island. We hired a car and toured the whole place easily in two days. But only because we went back to […]

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colin on March 30th, 2017

I’m back! Seems that anytime I contemplate another post, Sandra beats me to it with something from her iPad, robbing my sails of wind. Well, here’s how I can beat that: upload videos from the 4K camera. We’ve been in Aegina a few days, getting She’s Apples ready to depart. Here we are, playing silly […]

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colin on September 19th, 2016

We departed early in the morning for Zea Marina, the main yacht harbour for Athens. Or we would have, but for the 30 mins spent untangling our anchor. Conditions in the harbour were fine, then we ventured outside where the strong wind was whipping up some unpleasant swells and even a few whitecaps. So the […]

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