Frikes on Ithaca

Our shortest sail so far this year – just 10 miles across the water and around the top of Ithaca to Frikes.  The hours spent cleaning Red Panda’s hull paid off with much better boat speed & engine efficiency – maybe as much as 20% better.  The pilot book isn’t explicit about mooring, so despite the tight space we did a normal stern-to moor, only to be told the bottom won’t hold the anchor well in the afternoon/evening winds.  So we dithered about deciding what to do, then those damned winds started and we were stuck.  We went alongside, as you do in the UK, but in a poor place and had to “warp” the boat around (pull her with long ropes) to the right spot.  A nearby Aussie boat helped, as did a load of local lads who thought it was a hoot.  We were so glad we did, as the following day a huge wave from a high speed ferry was funnelled into the port and caused some damage to boats less well placed!

 

Frikes is tiny, but delightful, and a short walk from “Homer’s School” – just a Bronze Age settlement of no certain history that they are using to cement the historical connections really.  But what a walk!  Great views all around, culminating in a really atmospheric setting.  We went late enough to have the place to ourselves.

 

Wonderful views on the way to “Homer’s School”:

 

 

The Bronze Age settlement – it was more atmospheric in the flesh – honestly!