37:28.145N 023:15.259N Erimoni
Ariel of Hamble
Jim and Valerie SHURVELL
Wed 29 Jun 2022 11:14
We spent a few days with our friends Tricia, Clive, Mari and Brian and enjoyed a dinner out at a local restaurant.
A new paddle board passed by us from the Hotel Niki but to our surprise it had a bicycle on top!!!! Our 13 year old grandson thought he would love to have a go being a confident paddle boarder himself.
After 4 nice days and nights in Porto Heli it was time to leave and sail to Erimoni to await Jim’s cousins arriving from England on Monday.
Before leaving we pulled onto the quay for diesel. The tanker was there waiting for us. A lot more expensive than last year due to world prices and the war in the Ukraine. 183 litres worked out at 2.09 1/2 euros per litre and so a grand sum of 385 euros was handed over. At least we are practically full and no worries if we have use the engine when the wind drops or is on the nose.
The island of Spetzes was hosting a weekend of classic sailing boats so we had to go and motor through the lovely yachts anchored.
Fly Me to the Moon owned by Mr EasyJet was moored on the end of the quay.
It was shame but we missed the full parade of boats but we saw a large selection.
We had a lovely wind and we were able to sail the 13.44 miles averaging a speed of 7.62 knots taking the sails down just before the south quay.
Only one yacht on the south quay with the wind blowing in we went around to the north quay. We anchored and had to move a couple of times as the white water was blowing straight into the harbour and we were jumping up and down. Of course, charterers came tried anchoring or driving around here and there as didn’t know what to do with the wind blowing so hard. One boat went past us and shouted why ain’t you on the quay. The two boats there were heaving up and down it was frightening. He turned and went on the quay and tried several times to get lines ashore before giving up and anchoring in the bay. It lasted several hours but then died in the evening. Unfortunately, the died so much Ariel beam rolled all night. Oh help!!!
The next day Sunday wasn’t much better and we didn’t leave the boat. In the evening it died and we had a peaceful and very still night.
These two charter boats were left on their own and it was just so lucky they managed to miss each other by inches. Neither of the groups involved even knew they had nearly caused themselves a problem.
Maid Marian 2 came on the quay in the evening. Owned by a movie director in Hollywood. Built in 1931 and sailed in Florida until WWII when it was used by the American Navy to help with the war effort. Since then it has had two rebuilds and can be charted May to September each year. A graceful ship.