The Meltemi is back. The North-West summer wind arrived last night with up to 40 knots (8 Beaufort). Even in the very protected Kalymnian bay of Palionissos all boats were jumping around on their moorings.
We collected quite some fish from the approximately 800 hooks, Kostas put in places yesterday evening: Sargos, Xarakida, Xiona and Michalis.
So we will have a lot of fresh fish for dinner tonight at Ilias Taverna in Palionissos nicely prepared by Nomiki and Christos on my last night, before I return to Kos tomorrow - the end of my trip to Sicily after almost 2.000 nautical miles.
We had to follow a 109meter tanker, that was tugged through the canal.
With a bean of 17meters it was quite a spectacular.
The problem was, that the speed of the tugboat was only around 3.5 knots and the current going the same direction was about 3 knots as well, so we hardly had enough speed for the rudders to keep Lady Soul straight. I had to reverse a couple of times.
This morning we started early to take advantage of the predicted south going current in the Straits of Messina.
With an average of 7.2 knots through water we reached close to 12 knots (11.8) over ground, that's what I call highspeed on a 38foot catamaran.
Now we are relaxing at the beautiful tiny Marina di Porto Bolaro, where we are again the only boat. Tonight there will be the opening of the new Pizzeria in the marina, with pizzas out of a specially designed wood fire oven.