Khaidhari to Navplion
12 October 2016
Khaidhari is another amazing place you enter the bay between towering cliffs on both sides one topped with a Venetian castle. In front all you see are more cliffs and a small beach but once inside you turn into a large bay at the far end of which is the town. We anchored off the town beach with a few tavernas and settled in for a very calm night. That evening we had a BBQ ashore sharing food cooked on our Cobb and watched the sunset.
The next day we left and sailed (rather motored in flat calm) to Navplion. Here we Tied up to the town quay next to some young Russians on a charter yacht, who kindly took our lines. 15 mins later they left and hauled up an anchor as they left. We had just helped Marissella moor so dashed back to our boat fearing it was our anchor they had pulled up. Fortunately for us, it belonged the boat on the other side. The young Russians had no Idea what to do, shouted instructions both in English and French from the other yacht probably only served to confuse matters further. We watched as they tried hooking it with a boat hook only to loose that overboard, Scrape the anchor along their top side causing a big gouge in the gell-coat, Finally dropping a whole mooring line overboard whence it sank as they no longer had a boat hook to recover it. Eventually releasing themselves from the other anchor they motored off leaving the French boat to try and reset his anchor sufficiently to hold him off the quay. I suspect the Russians deposit was substantially reduced when they eventually return the boat.
Navplion was a lovely town, with Venetian Influences on the architecture wandering the streets and squares was a delight. The town is dominated by a huge castle perched on high cliffs, on the second day we travelled on a open top tourist bus to visit it and spent several hours wandering round taking photos. Whilst not as complete as the castle at Methoni the views from the top are stunning. It was also here we enjoyed Pete's birthday with a celebratory meal on Marissella (Thanks Stuart and Christine)