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Nice downwind sail

To get away from the cold northerlies I decided this morning to head south to Symi for a few days.

Winds are up to 27 knots but gladly from the stern.

Until Knidos it was more of a surfing than sailing with a max speed of 12.3 knots.

Not bad for a 12 meter catamaran.
Location:
South of Datca Peninsula
Position:
Destination of the day:
Symi
Heading:
99°
Speed:
7 kn
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
6 - strong breeze
Wind direction:
N

Kids are talking

A new experience for my son Nicolas and his friend Michael: no internet!

They have to talk!

No chatting, no Google, no nothing:)
Location:
Palionissos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Catch of the Day

On our way to Palionissos we first caught two plastic bags and we already thought, that would be it.

Than finally south of Pserimos a 600g Bonito got on the hook.

So Christos will have something for the barbecue tonight.
Location:
Samos Sea
Position:
Destination of the day:
Palionissos
Heading:
103°
Speed:
7 kn
Motoring
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
NW

One of my favorite tavernas

In the lovely bay of Lera on the island of Lipsi there is one of my favorite tavernas, Dilaila.

After 2 very windy days in Arki the wind drops today and we continue our trip back to Kos.
Location:
Lipsi
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Quite busy Arki

Yesterday morning we moored safely in Arki at the last available place.

Just before I called Manolis Trypas to make sure, there is space.

In the afternoon it got quite busy as a seldom guest came to Arki - the Hellenic Coast Guard.

First we thought, that they start checking for illegal entry to Greek Waters and even one boat had to move to give more room to them.

About 1 hour later there was another Coastguard ship arriving delivering the mayor of Patmos followed by a SAR ship carrying a minister from Athens.

Hopefully nothing happened at sea as the politicians used all the available boats.

All inhabitants of the island then met at Tripas taverna to listen to the politians, who promissed free TV receiption and free internet. Nothing about a doctor or a pharmacy ):
Location:
Nisos Arki
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
4 - moderate breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Heraia Festival

Our stop in Pythagorion was topped in the evening by the Iraia Festival in the harbour of Pythagorion.

From the bimini top we had a great spectators view.

Haraia was the biggest festivity in ancient Samos celebrating the birth of goddess Hera, who according to the myth was born in Samos under the leaves of an osier tree. Later she got married to Zeus..
Location:
Pythagoreio Nisos Samos Samos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Yachting Weather

I am starting the 2nd half of my 2017 season tomorrow with a promotion tour for my Yachting Weather app.

Next planned stops will be Samos, Ikaria and Levitha as well as my favorite spots.
Location:
Kos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
NW
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