Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Windy and ambitious cruise
and KarlHeinz Wolf.
Only small winds at 4 bft were announced in the morning of Friday, 18th September. So we decided to go to Kokkari in the north of Samos, taking a bath at Megali Lakka onroute. Afternoon the wind grew to 6 Bft from northwest, so my crew was tested by high waves and hard tacking. In Kokkari we were the only sailing boat anchoring in front of the restaurant row, but we had faboulous T-Bone Steaks medium rare at Dyonissios as usual. The night was rather choppy, the wind kept blowing. So we changed our route in the morning and went back east, stopping for dinner and a long swim at Kasonisi in the east bay of Samos.
After fixing a small problem with the anchor relais we spent a quiet night at Pythagorion Marina and next day sailed downwind to Leros, where we anchored in front of Pantelis Harbour and climbed up to the beautiful castle. After a windy night we set sail with reef 3 and tacked for 5 hours thru heavy 7 bft winds to Marathi in the Arki archipelago. After an evening walk we had a nice dinner at Pandelis. Next day we continued northeast to Agathonisi harbor, anchoring in front of Glaros restaurant, where we enjoyed an excellent dinner with superbly grilled dorades and lamb. The last day was very pleasant sailing back to Pythagorion Marina.
Thanks to my ambitious crew, who also helped me to prepare Sea of Joy for a long winter pause.
18th – 23rd September 2009, 170sm, 33 sailing hours
track in gpx-format or view it directly on Google Maps.
You can also view a video about this cruise on youTube:
Roundtrip to Amorgos
Starting again with no wind we crossed over to the west coast of Samos, where we stopped for a swim at Megalo Sheitani – the most beautiful beach of Samos. Moderate winds brought us further to Kokkari at the north coast of Samos, where we anchored in the small harbour and enjoyed the usual good barbecue dinner at Dyonissios restaurant. On the last day we rounded the northeast corner of Samos, stopped at Megali Lakka for a nice lunch and a swim and finally ended with a speedy sail thru Samos Straits at Pythagorion Marina.
The Stastny Cruise
Next day we decided to sail through Samos strait to Posidonias Bay. On the last day we did a nice sightseeing sail along the south coast of Samos with an anchor-break at Kiriakouli Bay for lunch and a good swim.
You may download our track in gpx-format or view it directly on Google Maps.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Istanbul to Samos
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Samos to Istanbul
Next day we bought the Turkish travel log at the marina office and worked through the tedious entry formalities, visiting police, customs, health control and harbormaster in Cesme. At noon we left north and reached Kavurlukoz harbor, where we were the only sailing boat. The owner of the harbor restaurant started his barbecue and prepared for us a tasty lamb and chicken dinner.
On Sunday we visited Eskifoca, stopped for a swim in beautiful Bademli Channel, nearly got stuck in heavy silted Bademli harbor, and finally squeezed in between small fishing boats in Dikili harbor, where we enjoyed fresh grilled fish at the local harbor restaurant.
Monday morning we restocked our provisions and continued north with weak westerly winds, explored the wonderful Ayvalik archipelago and moored in Adibey harbor, climbed the hill to the old windmill and dined at the famous Bay Nihat restaurant.
We left early Tuesday morning, followed some dolphins near the northern coast of Lesbos, turned north at Babakale and reached Bozcaada harbor, where we enjoyed a swim in clear water and a tasteful dinner at Yakamoz restaurant.
Wednesday we started before dawn to make as much way as possible through the
We anchored in the quiet
Nice north easterly winds continued on Thursday, so we could sail the whole day in the
Next day we started early sailing further east. When the wind grew weak, we motored NE right to Atakoy marina.
On Saturday we made the usual Bosporus trip, passing the famous Blue Mosque,
Turning south on the Asian side back via Beylerbeyi to Ueskuedar, passing Kiz Kulesi to Fenerbahce Marina.
As a total we logged 485sm for this cruise, which took us 88 hours of sailing in 9 days. My ambitious crew made this possible: Congratulations and thanks to Albert Burgstaller, Gerhard Heumayer and Kurt Drexler (from left to right) !You may download our track in gpx-format or view it directly on Google Maps.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Heavy Sailing south of Samos
Spring Cruise round Samos
- Andrea Köhler-Ludescher
- Stefan Köhler
- Richard Stastny
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Next cruise June 4th 2009
End of June we sail to Istanbul.
Easter 2009 in Samos
Greek Easter in Samos was a nice experience. Weather was rather cold. Swimming was possible, but at 16° Celsius very frosty. So we did a lot of hiking all around Samos.
Here are google-map-links to 2 wonderful round-trips we did in Samos:
- potamiRound, see a picture of Megalo Sheitani Bay:
- pefkosRound, here is a picture of Pery Beach in the South of Samos
Here is a small map of this hike:
pefkosRound auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen
End of April we did the usual antifouling and service work in Marina Pythagorion. Now Sea of Joy is fit for the season.