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Lots of room

For my first trip of the season I sailed to the little harbour of Paloi at the vulcanic island of Nisyros.

In high season this harbour is packed by boats every day, but now just very view sailing boats moor here and enjoy the tranquility of this place.

Surprisingly all the tavernas are already open, so I will find something to eat.
Location:
Paloi Nisos Nisiros
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
NW

Season starts

Just in time for Greek Eastern this weekend Lady Soul is back to her designated mooring spot.

With great weather the season can start now.
Location:
Kos Marina
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
N

Last catch of the season

Today we sail from Pothia/Kalymnos back to Kos Marina. It with be the last sail of the season as I finally will fly home on Wednesday.

It is quite challenging sailing with winds up to 31 knots.

While on a broad reach with a speed of approximately 7 knots the fishing rod started off. We were not able due to the wind conditions to bring in the fishing line for about an hour.

Surprisingly the fish was still on the hook when we finally had a chance to wind the rod up.

So we will have a nice dinner again with self caught fish. I am quite sure that George at Psarovarka will prepare the tuna nicely tonight.
Location:
South of Pserimos
Position:
Destination of the day:
Kos Marina
Heading:
81°
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
6 - strong breeze
Wind direction:
N

Catch of the day

We had a nice downwind sail today to Leros marina.

Shortly after leaving Patmos harbour this morning a 1.3 kg Tuna went on the hooks.

Before we went into the bay of Lakki there was another one on the rod but we didn't manage to get it in.

But 1.3 kilos are quite enough for tonight.
Location:
Leros Marina
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
5 - fresh breeze
Wind direction:
N

Seal visiting us

This morning we had a nice sail from Arki to Patmos in a Force 6 with a top speed of 8.1 knots.

While relaxing in the harbour of Patmos we were quite surprised, that a seal came next to Lady Soul visiting us.

It was the first time I encountered a seal in these waters.
Location:
Patmos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
6 - strong breeze
Wind direction:
N

Last trip of the season

All forecasts for today predicted 2-3 Beaufort from various directions . So we decided to go north and sail back south in the upcoming days.

We ended up in force 5-6 from north.

Now were relaxing in Lipsi harbour watching the sunset with a nice glass of Syrah from Kos before we will have a delicious supper at Manolis.
Location:
Lipsi
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
4 - moderate breeze
Wind direction:
N

Nightmare Symi Town Harbour

It looks like Symi is continuing to be my nightmare!

Some years ago we were there at Greek Eastern time not knowing what to expect: at 00:00 on Easter Sunday the locals were throwing dynamite into the harbour and we were quite scared.

So I only went there once again and had problems again with crossed chains.

This time I thought I might get more luck.

WRONG!

The first morning a polish charter boat skipper, who did not get tired of repeating he would be a professional skipper, was going in circles while trying to get his anchor out, screwing some other anchors like mine.

Michalis, the local diver had to take my chain of the anchor to clear the mess.

Now I am anchored in Panormitis in the South of Symi waiting for the weather in Kos to calm down tomorrow.
Location:
Panormitis Symi Nisos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
N
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