2 clueless day skippers with Patience

Hayling is lovely, but we're going to miss the clear blue sea

02 June 2017
Tuesday 30th May
We finally, eventually, after a week,under sufferance, left the gorgeous anchorage at Lakka. I couldn't bear to leave the island of Paxos (not yet) so we headed just a few miles south to the port of Gaios, that Johnnie recommended. It was a pretty port, with a bustling quay and two very friendly geese.We found a spot to moor, just up from Sue, Jeff and Tim who we'd met in Lakka, anchored in their huge rather magnificent 20 meter Trader Motor Yacht. Our plan was one night here then further south to Mongonisi,still on Paxos -yay!

The quay stayed buzzing till the early hours, so after a bit of a lie in, we headed off towards Mongonisi. The wind was so good that we thought "What the heck, let's not stop at Mongonisi, let's circumnavigate Paxos." Ok not exactly the globe, (that trip is still residing in our dreams - for the moment haha) but a circumnavigation all the same. So that is exactly what we did,we just kept sailing. We did check out Mongonisi on route, which was actually pretty crowded. By 6 pm we ending up back where we started, in Gaios . It had been a wonderful sail, not fast, lots of tacking, but really relaxing and gave us the opportunity to see the stunning caves on the West side of the island.

Thursday 1st June
We left the quay the following morning for the short hop south to the island of Antipaxos, where to our surprise we found a bay that was even bluer than Lakka. (Check out Marine Boy in the photo.) Apparently the bay was Christened Emerald Bay by one of the yacht charter company founders - not hard to see why. It was a perfect spot for lunch and a swim before heading across to the mainland. Yachts are discouraged from staying overnight in the bay to try to preserve the wildlife and unspoilt beauty of the spot - again, not hard to see why. The mainland anchorage we headed for was excitingly another new bay for us. It was called 2 Rock Bay , which is helpful for navigation purposes, but a bit scary when the pilot book warns of an under rock and shallow water. The cove sits between Fanari Bay and the small fishing harbour of Ligia.

Ricky is usually the cautious one when it comes to anchoring, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when he threw caution to the wind and edged up close to the sandy beach. When we snorkeled to check the anchor there was less than a meter under the keel! Another clear blue sea and because we were anchored in such shallow water it was warm like a bath. On the beach we met a lovely Australian family who own the big brother of Patience a Moody 425 called 'Vega.' They spend 6 months at home and 6 months cruising, during which time they home school the children. I must say I was very impressed seeing Ben, the youngest crew member only 8 years old motor the dingy back to the boat from the beach leaving mum and dad to swim. (Cheeky Monkey🐵)

Tomorrow, we really do have to get a wiggle on and seriously head South towards the boatyard as it is now only a week until 'lift out day' unless of course we manage to squeeze just one more swim in just one more glorious bay with a 'clear blue sea'

Here's hoping ,
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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