2 clueless day skippers with Patience

Castles by the sea, moonlit bays and friendly locals .

20 September 2016
Wednesday September 14th
As our trip to Methoni had been a whistle stop with Johnnie and Bernadette, we decided to sail there when we left Pilos. After all, there was a magnificent castle to explore, one whose walls reached right down to the sea.
On route we popped in to see Navarinou Bay, just North of Pilos.It was a beautiful spot, very pretty, but the castle at Methoni was calling so we didn't stay long.
Built by the Venetians in the early 13th century and later added to by the Turks, the castle stands proud as a fortress protecting the harbour. It is huge and has been beautifully preserved. You can walk the battlements and peer down at the crashing waves below or climb the stairs of the Turkish tower which once served as a prison and torture chamber- yikes !! The gates, stone bridges and arches are really impressive and within the grounds there are still the remains of some of the medieval town. We spent a great couple of hours there before retiring to a taverna for lunch and a swim to cool off.

The following day we headed for the island of Sapienta, but unfortunately the anchor wouldn't set so we headed back to the mainland and anchored under Mt Kolivri.There were no other yachts there, a perfect spot, peace and quiet,topped off with a full Harvest moon.

We left the peaceful anchorage under sail, around 10 the following morning, after a swim and breakfast - what a way to start the day! We called in at the small port of Finakounda to check it out. It was very very pretty- next time we pass we intend to stop and anchor off the beach.

We had a very leisurely,slow sail all the way to Koroni, which was quite nice,but as we were enjoying being on the sea, in the sun, so much and time wasn't against us, we carried on to Petalidi.We anchored between two yachts outside the quay in the sheltered bay, both very chilled after the days stress free sailing.

The port had a friendly vibe- no tourists ! We got some great fruit and veg from the market, where one of the store holders told me with great pride that his daughter was a doctor in Southampton Hospital - small world eh ? Another let me try one of his home grown olives, that he uses to make olive oil. I would have bought some oil, only the shop keeper in the chandlery had already given us a bottle of his home made olive oil for free.- definately stay here a few days before heading across the bay to Kalamata Marina to meet Betty (our next guest) - she flies in on Saturday.

Signing out for now,
Hope everyone at home is well,
Love Donna and Ricky xx
Vessel Name: Patience
Vessel Make/Model: Moody376
Hailing Port: Haslar , Gosport , England
Crew: Ricky and Donna
About: 2023 Still clueless , but having fun !
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