September 22, 2011
Another thunder storm at 3 a.m. this morning, great to watch whilst lying in bed. We woke up to cloudy skies and sunshine, we will stay here another day before heading towards Orhaniye tomorrow.
September 21, 2011
The forecast for today is rain and thunder and lightening with a south easterly wind. The wind started at 7 a.m. and blew us towards the beach where the depth below us was 0.2 metres which was OK but if the anchor dragged we would end up on the beach. Brian made the executive decision to go into the harbor around late morning after we had seen lots of boats leave and went stern to the quay on the left side. We had lunch and the sky was beginning to turn grey and the wind picking up to 18 knots. Lots of boats came into the harbor and it soon became full, the Sun Sail flotilla had to raft four boats out against two of their boats. The rain came at 2 p.m in bucket loads along with hail stones the size of marbles, it just sounded like somebody was throwing stones at the boat with a good dose of thunder and lightening. It was amazing to watch and we were so glad we had decided to come into the harbor. It lasted about two hours and returned again at 9 in the evening taking out all the electricity and putting the restaurants in darkness – time for bed me thinks!
September 20, 2011
We left the anchorage at 7.15 a.m., the sun just rising on the horizon. We motor sailed all the way to Bozburun arriving at just after 4 o’clock, a nine hour passage. We anchored to the left of the harbor in 3.3 metres of water and went for a refreshing swim.
Bozburun - 36 41 N 028 02 E
September 19, 2011
Susan took me shopping to Lidl’s in Kos today to stock up again on wine and beer and bacon and pork before we set off tomorrow back to Turkey. I cooked a meal on board in the evening and we had a great game of cards. Susan and David have another week here in Kefalos, so we left them in peace to enjoy it.
September 18, 2011
We drove along the coastal road in the opposite direction to Mandraki, a road which lead to nowhere, we had hoped to find a nice beach to stop and swim but alas no. We returned to the boat and handed the car back and set off towards Yiali, David was curious to see the quarry and the island. We sailed back to Kamares arriving at the anchorage around 2 p.m. for a spot of lunch.
In the evening we went to the Sunset Wave Beach restaurant for a meal and to watch the sun set – it was beautiful.
Kamares, Kos - 36 4 N 026 58 E
September 17, 2011
Early start to Palon, Nisiros and left as the sun was beginning to rise. Today is the start of the hunting season in Greece and we could hear the gun shots in the distance. They shoot grouse, rabbit, pidgeon and who knows what else.
We motored across to Nisiros, passing Yiali island where there is a huge quarry.
We arrived at 9.30 a.m. and anchored stern to the quay on the right hand side of the harbor. Brian and David went to organize a car hire whilst I got the bacon butties on the go. The car hire was 30 euros for 24 hours and we collected it at midday and Brian drove to Mandraki where we parked and had a walk around the town and harbor. We then went to Emboreios, a small town overlooking the volcano and had a fantastic traditional Greek meze – courgette flower stuffed with cheese, garlic and almond sauce, chickpea balls, greek salad and cheese saganaki.
We then drove to the crater of the volcano, the smell was like bad eggs! We walked down into the crater where hot gases were emitting from the small holes in the ground – how amazing is nature!
We went back to the boat and in the evening had a nice meal at one of the tavernas in the harbor.
Palon, Nisiros - 36 37 N 027 10 E
September 16, 2011
Susan and David took us shopping to Carrefour this morning after Susan had cooked us a full English breakfast at their apartment. We stocked up on wine and beer and other items that we cannot get in Turkey easily. It was then back to the boat to unload the shopping and then we went to Sunset Wave Beach restaurant for a cool beer which is on the other side of the island. We have booked a table here for Sunday evening on our return from Nisiros to enjoy a meal and watch the sun go down.
We returned to the boat around 3.30 p.m. and all had a swim off the back of the boat, the water here is definitely cooler than in Turkey. In the evening we went for a meal in Sebastian’s on the sea front where we could see our boat anchored in the bay. Susan and David came back to the boat with us to stay for our trip to Nisiros.
September 15, 2011
A good night at anchor, just as well as we will be here for a few nights. Susan and David joined us around 11 o’clock, Brian picking them up from the shore in the dinghy. We are very pleased with our new dinghy, the solid fiberglass floor makes it much more stable.
We had a great day, swimming, playing cards, reading and had a meal on board in the evening and watched the moon rising – another perfect day.
September 14, 2011
After a rolly night, we lifted the anchor at 06.50 and headed out of the bay into the swelly sea. With hardly any wind, we motored towards Kos, the wind picked up just as we were parallel with the island of Nisiros to 18 knots on the nose with a short sea, spraying us now and again over the bows.
We arrived in Kamares just after 2 p.m. and anchored in front of the Acropol Bar in 2 metres of crystal clear water. Anchored in the bay was ‘Fourth Dimension’ our Australian friends from the EMYR. Lenny came over to see us in his dinghy, unfortunately Helen had had to go home to Australia as her son was very ill and Lenny had just dropped her off at the airport. They had been sailing around the Greek islands for the past few weeks but tomorrow Lenny was heading to Kos with friends on board to check out of Greece before returning to Marmaris Yacht Marina to winter the boat on the hard standing and then join Helen back in Australia.
Susan and David arrived late afternoon and Brian went and picked them up in the dinghy – it was good to see them both.
Kamares, Kos - 36 44 N 026 58 E
September 13, 2011
We left the marina at 07.35 a.m. with little wind till we reached Ciftlik when it picked up to 12 knots. The Rhodes Channel is always windy and today was no exception although the sea state wasn’t too bad. Brian caught his first fish this year, a mackerel of a decent size. We arrived in Panamorttis Bay on the south side of Simi around 1.30 p.m. and anchored to the left in 1.1 metres of water. The bay was quite full with other yachts anchored here, every now and then the bells sounding from the monastery here.
Panamorttis - 36 33 N 027 50 E