39:10.85N 23:12.82E Orei, Evia
Thursday 18th July, 2013.
Up early and we could see a great improvement in the weather. The wind was just right for us to head north and the clouds were still there but nice fluffy ones. We had a wonderful sail and enjoyed the scenery and light houses with the mainland on our left and the island of Evia on our right. Once we turned to starboard and headed up to the Oreion channel we were hit by the full force of the midday sun and wind. We tracked all the way up until we were outside the harbour of Orei where we took our sails down and got ready to enter the harbour. We had covered 43.30 miles.
The wind came with us right up to the harbour wall but we managed to get the fenders out, move the dinghy and get the lines ready. Luckily we found just one space on the wall and with a little bit of lining up down went the anchor and with perfect handling by Jim we reversed into the space between a Greek motor cruiser and an Italian flagged Beneteau 31. Just across the wall is the beach. It is sandy enough to be able to walk in without shoes and after a hectic day very welcomed.
Once we were settled an American chap came along and was asking for information about the Chalkida bridge and asked if we would like to have a drink later. He returned with a bottle of red wine bought from the monastery in Israel. Excellent! We put on the cheese and biscuits.
At the end of the quay there was a local singing and musical show which went on for two hours which we enjoyed listening to.
Today (Friday) Jim bought fresh prawns which were still moving which we had for lunch.