Off The Beaten Track
Tue 21 Jun 2011 08:00
Position: 38:15.0N 24:07.8E
We are going further north up between the island of Evia, (2nd largest greek island after Crete) and the mainland. We dropped off John & Liz in Olympic Marina then went to a deserted place called Vasiliko Bay on a group of very small islands which are not really inhabited. There were only four yachts there all night and it was a beautiful beach with rocky caves and places to explore.
Next stop was a hurricane hole called Voufalo which had a lovely little bay behind a sand spit and a reported wreck in the middle! When we got there we carefully spied the water bottle floating over the 'wreck' which turned out to be only a small motor sport boat which was sunk upright i.e. with the bow pointing upwards - presumably with the outboard sunk at the bottom. Why the greek village hadn't shifted it was a mystery but maybe there are some local politics we don't understand!
We met a nice german couple on a Contest who explained that they were moving to another bay to be safe in the expected NE F6 - 7 (Meltemi type wind). So when Naivasha with Ron and Tony, joined us we all went in convoy back to the small town of Panayia. It hardly gets a mention in the book but it is a lovely beach and we are tucked up on the wall enjoying the taverna opposite and the swimming. There are two supermarkets and a baker and some greek tourists but we are the only three yachts here. Graham's 'new best friend' in the taverna is going to get us some gas from the next town today and also some water tonight.
Last night we ate in the taverna with the German couple who also had coffee and schnapps (theirs) and ouzo (ours)on Gilly B afterwards! We slept well!
We have done some washing and shopping and had the generator on this morning to boost the flagging batteries. Otherwise we are all ship shape and waiting for the weather to blow through before we go further up towards the Khalkis bridge.
Bye for Now