37:26.05N 23:31.25E Bay of Skillaion
Tuesday, 25th June, 2013.
Over the weekend we had a relaxing time on anchor in Navy Bay. We had entertained and had been entertained by a fellow English boat who had loads of advice after spending five years in Turkey. George had taken up the guitar eighteen months ago and was busy practising most days which drifted across the water to Ariel and it sounded pretty good to us.
We had been waiting for Frank and Sue to arrive on Monday morning which we found out was a Greek Bank Holiday. There seem to be less ferries arriving from Athens but all the shops, bars and restaurants were open. Luckily our visitors arrived on the 10.15 a.m. ferry after a night flight from Heathrow. They had enjoyed the ferry journey sitting on the top deck taking in the views. We had a relaxing time as they adjusted to the hot sunshine and the beautiful scenery. For our first dinner together we visited our favourite restaurant in Poros, where we enjoyed a lovely meal.
This morning we motored on to the quay for water and shopping before heading out of the south channel towards Ermioni. Once we left the channel the breeze started to come in and we were sailing very quickly. We had spotted several times a lovely little bay just before the islands where you turn towards Idhra. There appears to be a small gap in the bay but the gap is not sand but hard rock so we turned the corner and headed into the bay and around the other side of the bay where we anchored in beautiful blue water.
We had not been there very long before a Lagoon 440 had entered the bay from the other side and was dangerously close to the rocks when the catamaran came to a sudden stop and reversed. The next we saw of them was appearing around the other side of the headland but heading out towards Idhra probably a little embarrassed and decided not to join us on the safe side.
We had lunch and then a little while later a nice swim. The next minute a charter boat with a small child and a woman sitting on the bow came roaring into the bay and was heading for the gap. The boat which was anchored closest to the gap started shouting from where they were swimming and luckily the chap who momentarily motored on and then stopped very quickly just as we heard a little crunching. Thank goodness he did stop in time as the lady and child would have been catapulted into the sea. We can’t understand why the port authorities don’t place signs on this gap as it must happen daily and many boats must get damaged
The wind had come up so we sailed all the way to Ermioni and pulled into the bay where we were pleased to see there were hardly any yachts on the quay or anchoring. The chicken and white wine sauce, new potatoes, green beans and sweet corn was very welcome as we sat eating and enjoying the sunset.
As Jim had not sampled an ice-cream we took the dinghy ashore in search of a pudding and a beer.