Wed 3 Aug 2011 16:44
Position: 39:22.02N 24:05.14E
Hi Folks, We have been up North to a deserted island which has the most amazing inner bay. First picture though shows our boat tucked into Rousoumi on Alonnisos Island which is definitely not deserted. From here we went back up the east side to Steni Vala (second pic) which was a pretty place where we were bows to with the kedge anchor out. A bit tricky getting off the front over the anchor and only to be attempted wearing shorts and stable footwear!
We left Steni Vala quickly as the kedge anchor dragged when the yacht next door left and cross winds threatened to park us sideways on the quay! That drama over we managed to recover everything and set off north to see Nisos Kira Panayia. There is a bay on the north of the island with a very narrow entrance and a 'bar' and then once inside there are two forks and we chose the first one and free anchored with only about 3 other boats there and loads of space. The island is uninhabited except for a monastery (with one monk) and lots of goats!
The peace and quiet was amazing - especially as we realised that we had no telephone contact with the outside world at all for three days! We also found the night-sky very dramatic without the ambient light of any towns etc.
We set off on Monday and had a night in an equally quiet south bay then made our way back towards Alonnisos. The clouds looked threatening and we saw a large water spout (see pic) and then two smaller ones - fortunately all far enough away from us.
Back in telephone range now and we are in a bay called Milia. The plan was to go today (Wed) back to Skopelos harbour - so we set off and the sea got rougher and the clouds got blacker! So as we neared Skopelos it was a horrible sea state and 30 knots of squally winds and the thunder and lightening was spectacular. We did an about turn and flew back to Milia with reefed jib at 8.2 knots to free anchor in the bay again. It then rained cats and dogs for a good hour or two. Washed the boat pretty well but was a bit dramatic all round. This evening all is calm again and we are trying to check the weather to see whether the meltemi is going to stop us going to Skopelos. We may go back to Elios instead. In any event we are now on our way back towards Athens so revisiting some of the ports we have already discovered.
We hope you are all enjoying the hot weather!
Bye for now