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Chris and Alison
Mon 22 May 2023 18:56

After our 4 days in Athens it was lovely to be back in the Islands again out of the noise and the pollution of the busy city.

We started to make our way to Monemvasia taking in the island of Agkistri where we unintentionally joined in a yacht race who were going the same way. We tried to keep out of their way, but eventually we were caught up in the race and had to try to keep to leeward of the racing yachts in a dying wind. There was about 30-35 yachts, eventually they peeled off to cross the finish line and we were able to sail to our anchorage in Dragoneria Bay while they all somehow got a berth stern to the town quay. The next morning they were obviously racing back and they all left the quay and drifted about just outside the town in no wind. Eventually the committee boat motored off to try to find some wind to start the race and that was the last we saw of them.

Out next stop was back to Poros for one night. We were expecting some strong winds but they didn’t materialise, or, we were so tucked away that we didn’t notice the wind.

Then it was back to Ermioni in Kapari Bay before making our way across the Gulf to Fokianos a lovely bay but open to the SE, the pilot book said untenable in SE winds. We sailed in, with a SE wind and anchored in sand. The bay is very deep up to the beach so we were anchored in 11m of water, but the anchor held well and as the wind was meant to change to the NE we decided to stay. We were expecting to have to get up in the night to re-anchor when the wind changed direction, but Muskie drifted around her anchor that stayed in the same position and we slept all night. We decided to stay in this bay for 3 nights. The water was clear, perfect for swimming, and there was a taverna on the beach with WiFi. The bay was popular with campers and motorhomes all parked along the beach edge but it remained peaceful.

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Dragoneria Bay

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The yacht race trying to start from Agkistri.
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