Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Windy and ambitious cruise

This was the last cruise before winter. The distinguished Crewmembers were:


Aaron Kaplan,















Andreas Wildberger















Christian Singer


















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


You can view the track in Google Maps or play this kmz-File in Google Earth.

You can also view a video about this cruise on youTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9JKfrbCH_A&fmt=18

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