37:31.05N 023:23.784E Poros Island

Ariel of Hamble
Jim and Valerie SHURVELL
Wed 6 Oct 2021 14:03

Monday 5th July, 2021.

We left Serifos around 9.30 a.m. to cover the 57.37 miles to Poros. We checked out a very nice bay on the west coast which Tricia and Clive had told us about.  A very quiet bay where iron ore must have been mined many years ago. The old gantries have been left in place rotting away. It is also marked on the charters that chains are in the water and to be careful.

A highlight of the day was a pod of dolphins which we found half way across.  It was amazing as there were big daddy ones and tiny ones all swimming as a group. We were hoping they would stay with us but no they were off probably looking for lunch.

 The wind was behind us and once we were away from the island we managed to sail all the way. In fact as soon as we neared Poros the wind was a good 25 knots and luckily we were going in the right direction.

Sails came down before we negotiated the Poros gap. Hoping to anchor in Navy Bay was not a chance as it was blowing through the gap by the Naval College and every space had been taken as the quay and the new repaired quay were completely full. So we made for the top end bay and looked at the little bays on the right as you motor pass. All full so it was anchor at the very end facing the wind and hoping it will drop once the sun goes down which it did.

 I lost the bet as I said it will take us 12 hours but we arrived by 7.25 p.m. with the help of the very strong south west wind.  We were both very tired and ready for a good night’s sleep but a girl’s party boat started the singing and loud music but luckily we were a far distance from them and could ignore them but they had lots of neighbours!!!!!

Tuesday 6th July, 2021.

The next morning we motored down to the quay to get water and plug into the electric point for which Jim had to credit his key. The batteries would take longer to charge so we stayed the night in order for Jim to have his double ice-cream and check out the chandlers for a new fender sock. The quay filled up quickly with yachts, cats and super yachts.  We had coffees and Jim drinks at the usual little bar and checked out the local news and what had been going on.  The bar owner told us if they don’t put down a bill when they deliver your food, coffees, cakes etc. they can be fine which they had been earlier in the day. Poros is very hot on making sure all their taxes are paid correctly.

Wednesday 7th July, 2021.

A quiet night on the quay which was good and we ran the Transcool with ice from the shop which acts like air conditioning and cuts out the noise of any talking, laughing and general noise.

As we wake up we heard the call of the cuckoo which is pretty amazing on this little busy island. After breakfast and a few jobs we motored up to the top bay again and managed to get into the first little bay and anchor right in the middle out of the way of the continuous waves from the ferries who motor in as fast as they can to the harbour wall on their way to other places.

We had a great day of relaxing, receiving phone calls, Jim reading, me finishing grandchild number 10’s knitted hooded cardigan and swimming in the lovely warm water. Seafood and pasta for lunch, glass of wine and beautiful scenery what more can you wish for.