Kea Anchorage

Digiboat's "Product Testing"
Simon Blundell
Sat 13 Jul 2013 14:55
37:34.58N 024:16.61E
13/7  1555
Another well deserved recommended anchorage half way up Kea's W coast made today's hop short and sweet. Mostly sheltered from the wind between the islands so motoring up Kythnos' NE coast, then a pleasant sail across to Kea with a long tack taking us up N to the anchorage.
Quite a busy anchorage as it offers very good shelter from the Meltemi which had just started to build again and was forecast to blow quite strong in a day or two.
Very dramatic with high hills surrounding it and a resort at the head and suspiciously looking dutch windmill houses on the sea-side headland.
Swimming and a long, late lunch in ideallic conditions followed by an early night as tomorrow is planned for a race-day up the coast to the town.
As I'd been on board now for a week with a boat load of strangers, some stranger than others, and a couple just simply difficult and not much of a pleasure to be around, I decided I needed time ashore, and a long walk to stretch the legs. A small church high on a lone hill, a couple of miles almost straight-up looked like an enticing solution. I tossed the idea to Carol who looked to be about the only one of the mob who was fit enough for a challenging hike, and also fun company, and she jumped at the idea - well almost, I could sense a certain amount of reservation. Whether that be the challenging nature of the goal, or spending time with the grumpy Captain I wasn't sure... So an early night as I wanted to leave at about 5am to do the hike without the Meditteranean sun boiling us and also to aim to be at the top in time for sunrise.