38:34.15N 20:54.72E Port Kastos, Kastos Island.
Saturday, 20th August, 2011.
We left Vathy, Ithaca after a morning of wandering around the town looking for the hospital as I lost a large filling the evening before and we were advised to try and find the hospital which was unsuccessful. We also picked up provisions for the next two or three days. We headed north east and on passing the island of Atokos we could see boats tucked in under the cliffs of this very high island. Jim spotted a family of dolphins swimming and splashing off to our starboard but they didn’t come close. Once away from the land we picked up a lovely afternoon breeze and we were sailing very nicely between 6 and 8 knots and sailed straight over to the island of Kastos and into the very small port. We dropped the anchor in the middle of the harbour having travelled seventeen miles and tied up stern-to to a small quay for three boats as the larger quay was full and the fortilla boats were stern-to to the beach. The village population in winter is suppose to be only 80 people but there are several tavernas set in beautiful scenery overlooking the bay with prickly pear, olives and fig trees all around. The tavern we went to had its own donkey next door and the owner was picking the figs from the trees adjoining the taverna.
The water we were swimming in was crystal clear and so warm!!!!