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Ready for winter

09 November 2011 | Spinalonga
Well, we're back in Spinalonga getting ready for the winter. We stayed in Paros for another couple of nights and then moved on to a lovely anchorage between Dhespotiko island and Andiparos. After a rolly night spent there we moved on again to Manganari Bay, Ios. We had a few days of calm weather in front of us so we decided to keep moving and try to see as much as possible before we had to hide from the northerly winds again.

We left Manganari Bay early on Monday morning and headed for Santorini (Thira) where we planned to go ashore and explore. Santorini is a giant volcano that, legend has it, erupted in a spectacular way in 1440 BC, sending a tidal wave towards Crete that wiped out the Minoan civilisation. There is speculation that Santorini was 'Atlantis'. The volcano is still active and last erupted in 1926. The caldera is huge, 10km diameter with a few volcanic islands poking their heads above water. It is very strange to sail into Santorini and realise that you are actually in the crater of a huge volcano! Unfortunately there wasn't anywhere that we could safely leave the boat so that we could go ashore so we sailed around, took some pictures and then assessed the weather and decided to head straight for Crete - 70 miles away. Unfortunately the wind that was forecast died a few hours out and we ended up motor sailing all the way to Spinalonga, arriving at 2am on Tuesday the 8th November.

Now we are here we're quite pleased to be stationary for a few months, we've sailed almost continuously since we left Crete in March so the rest from checking and waiting for the weather is welcome. We've caught up with some friends, have a few dinner engagements and other plans and are looking forward to a relaxing winter, along with getting a few jobs done.
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Vessel Name: Norna Biron
Vessel Make/Model: Custom Steel Cutter
Hailing Port: London
Crew: Andy and Steph Marsh
About: Husband and wife team with Puss and Fluff to help out!

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Who: Andy and Steph Marsh
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