At 10.15 on 15th July we slipped our warps from Naxos harbour
and motored out into the bay with a 15 knot headwind.
The 22 nautical miles to the south coast of Mykonos would be relatively
easy with a different wind direction, but with the Northerly on the bow, we knew
the trip was going to be a motoring bash north.
The seas were quite steep as we left the bay, but the forecast showed a
reduction in wind and sea state in the lee ( shelter ) of Mykonos.
However, we were crawling along at 2 knots speed over the ground so we
decided to do some sailing tacking, zig zag for a while but gave up later doing
too many miles and little headway.
By 15.30 we were in stronger winds and had only covered 15 miles. As we
approached the last 7 miles to the coast of Mykonos the wind increased to 30
plus knots gusting 36 knots true, we were shocked not to get any shelter from
the hills on the island. The sea state worsened with foaming spray, the wind
accelerating in the gusts.
We gave up making for the harbour on the west coast and in the exposed
channel between Mykonos and Delos and headed for the south coast.
As we approached we couldn’t believe it, there was no shelter at all
and the two bays were full of 90—150ft super yachts and motor yachts bobbing
around in the gusts and foaming sea like dinghies.
We cautiously motored through them to a clear area, dropping the anchor in
30 plus gusts and waited to see if we were holding, we dragged in the gusts
until it finally dug in---phew !
We were in a good spot, away from other yachts, shoreline and with 12 m of
water and 72 m of chain out.
A 40m motor yacht anchored behind us in the foaming sea and whilst the crew
were distracted by rafting a large tender alongside---they dragged about 200
meters—thankfully downwind from us.
The wind howled all night with Tony on anchor watch on deck---listening to
a bar ashore playing ‘Zorba the Greek’ at 2am.
Tioram had her anchor well dug in and we didn't move.
The next morning the wind dropped to 12-16 knots, so we lifted anchor and
motored up the west coast to the harbour.
The crossing and yachts in Ornos Bay, Mykonos--- never looks as rough as it
was on photo
The next morning calm and motoryachts stern to the rocks
Love to all
Tina and Tony x x