37:19.45N 23:08.81E Porto Heli
Tuesday 7th May, 2019.
The wind didn’t stop until 12 so Jim fitted the new
electric pump and I put away all the bags with paint
brushes, rubbing down paper which we only use on
getting Ariel ready for the water.
As soon as we realised we had a window of time before
the afternoon breeze kicked in we were pulling up the
anchor and making for the entrance.
Once out past the private island we could see the wind
from the north west was already beginning to blow and
the sea was rough but we were determined to get down
to Porto Heli so to get our sailing log stamped before
the date due.
We were very lucky to see a shoal of tuna of about 25
swim very close to the boat as we made our way to the
first headland. Our attention had been at first to notice a
large group of birds diving into the water and then we
saw the tuna swimming past. This was a first for us.
As soon as we got around the headland we tried out our
new genoa flying about half of it to steady the boat. At
times we had anything up to 25 knots of wind behind
us. We flew down to the entrance to Porto Heli which is
8.67 nm in about 2 hours after a quite thrilling sail. Itwas not a day for the faint hearted!