37:18.85N 23:08.53E Porto Kheli
Thursday 14th May, 2015.
The sun was beautiful when we woke up. There was a little breeze across the water but not enough to stop Jim going up the mast to put the windy gear back in place and check the rigging. Once this was done we were soon letting go of the buoy and making our way to Porto Kheli. As we passed the private island we pulled up the main. It didn’t last for long as the wind soon dropped so we motored most of the way. Not far outside the big bay I noticed a baby turtle of about 12 inches across floating in the surface of the water. At first Jim was worried it was poorly but we watched and it dived down. It seems much too small to be out on its own but that is what turtles do once they leave the beach where they are born. While Jim had been up the mast he had spotted the big turtle and we had were able to follow him around the boat. Just one breath of air and down he goes again for quite a few minutes.
We anchored in the first small bay on the right as you enter the entrance to Porto Kheli. A beautiful quiet anchorage on our own until a charter boat decided to join us and sit right on top of us. Jim was up putting out fenders and watching them. Thank goodness they stayed a while and left. .Why when there is such a big area to anchor in people have to join us like we are buddy’s?
We had covered 12.6 miles and with a water temperature of 26.5 we were very happy.
During the afternoon I was chief helper in changing the engine oil. In the early evening we took baby Ariel ashore to get rid of the old oil in the well positioned container on the quay, visit the mobile shop and activate our sim and speak to the Port Police. We were told that under the new rules we will need to buy another cruising booklet for stamping which is being printed for future use. Unfortunately, they had not received their supply yet. So to round off our shore visit we made to the ice-cream shop for one of their new flavours and some free wifi. All in all a very good day.