Barely beat the wind
19 May 2017 | Naxos
We had an abortive leaving at Katapola, Amorgos, 2 days earlier when we had equipment failures in pretty strong winds, so decided to go back and anchor and sort those out, (chart plotter and reefing jammer) which mostly we did.
So we left for the second time in much gentler winds with our chart plotter working and had a good sail for several hours with the code 0 sail again. We decided to skip our original destination at Mirsini Skhinousa, and press on for Naxos. Unfortunately we lost the wind and then ended up with a head wind for the last 2 hours. With strong winds forecast we decided to shelter in the town harbour.
The marble arch on the sea spit is part of a temple begun in 530 BC but was never finished as it was sacked by Persians in 490 BC. We spent our first day ashore wandering around the Venetian castle on the hill surrounded by alleys, arches and tunnels which used to be the up-market part of town. The Venetians occupied the island in 1207 and was a Venetian duchy for 300 years until it fell to the Turks in 1566. It became Greek in 1832. The author of Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis, taught here in the school for 12 years. The young Byron on visiting Naxos wanted to buy it for his retirement; nice idea.
Next day we took the town bus up to a hilltop town call Apieranthos,had lunch and wandered the town.
I had dropped the outboard motor off when we arrived, so picked it up after they had worked on it for 2 days and they still could not get it to run either. The only solution in the end was to put a brand new carbie on. $$$ It now runs better than ever!
Leaving soon (Sunday 21st) for a short trip across to Paros.