May 19, 2012
We awoke early and left the anchorage at 6.25 a.m. for our long passage to the west coast of Khios, some 50 + nautical miles south west. It was very cold this morning and there was a mist hovering on top of the water as we left the anchorage, just like a picture postcard. The wind was very light so we had to motor sail all the way passing two huge container ships quite close by. We arrived at Volissos on Khios around 4 p.m. and went alongside the quay behind another yacht, the owner being a local man from Kolpos Kolloni on Lesvos. The harbor is very quiet with only a few fishing boats moored here and it appears that like so many harbours and marinas, the Greek government has ploughed some money into it and then work has stopped and it is left unfinished. There is a quay been built near the outer breakwater which appears to be for a ferry but the path/road to it is all rubble and rocks – it certainly is nothing like the photo or the plan in our Greek Water Pilot book. Having said that, we were comfortably moored alongside the inner quay (with 1.5 metres under the keel) with several tavernas to choose from. We like it here, the locals are very friendly and one guy even offered to swap his 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroom house for our boat – tempting offer !!!!
Volissos, Khios - 38 28 N 25 55 E