Out of the anchorage at 09:00 while the Germans took a
morning bath and shower off the stern of their boat. Not the warmest time
but they toughed it out. Again crept out of the anchorage watching the
depth meter. No issues but every time it starts to get shallower you
never know. The rocks here can be 20-30 feet high underwater.
Just a side note on Amorgos, there is a nice small town and
harbor that we did not visit. There are ferries to the island and it is
getting more tourist but it is still deserted overall and has high hills with
cliffs along the water. Very pretty.
The trip to Astipalaia was again not the smoothest.
The seas were on beam again with some wind that died. So again I did not
raise any sails to prevent the slamming of the boom. We made for the
western point of the island heading for a larger anchorage than we have last
night and was supposed to have a couple of areas for good anchoring.
There is one large rock to avoid at near the entrance otherwise no
issues. When we finally got there after 5 hours of motoring we poked into
the anchorage. The entrance was 200 feet deep with rock walls. As
we went in there were two boats already at anchor. But looking at the
depth we were still recording and the rocks walls our experience tells us the
bottom will have little sand to set the anchor. Also since it is near a
cape the winds are higher. We just turned around and left and headed for
a nearly fully enclosed anchorage further up the island.
This anchorage would be great if we can get thru the inlet
without hitting bottom. The Pilot guide says 3 meters. The charts
give the shallowest at 2.8 meters with deeper water on the northern side.
We entered along the north side and got thru with 19 feet of water (5
meters). As usual the depth data is not accurate here but this time to
Once inside it is like a lake. Three other boats were
anchored at the southwest end trying to get some wind protection. We
chose the northeast end since the wind will never make enough waves in this
small a place to bother us. Dropped anchor in 7 meters water with 50
meters rode out. Nice sticky mud bottom so good holding and that
translates into a sound sleep at night no matter what the winds are like.
Again the goats bleating and their bells gave some nighttime
music. Very peaceful with only a few houses and what looks like a small
limestone quarry and kiln that was no longer in use.
Looking southwest from our anchor spot
Looks like a limestone kiln but maybe iron was
involved. Anyway the goats did not care.