Porto Rafti and Ormos Thoriko
04 June 2019 | Porto Rafti
Porto Rafti is a good sized bay back on the mainland. It's about 18 minutes by taxi from Athens Airport and hence our interest as a pick up point for Mitch and Sun when they arrive on Friday. We had to dodge a number of ships on passage back across the channel from Kea, but the trip passed without incident. We dropped anchor in the middle of the bay in 5m of water and in company with 3 other cats and a few mono's. There's good shelter here from all but the east and the small harbour, whilst we can't really use it, will be fine as a pick up point with the dinghy.
We explored the harbour and the SW end of the bay where we were able to find a couple of supermarkets for general stores. These areas were functional but somewhat run down. We also visited the north shore as the best rated taverna was there. This was a bit different, it's clear that those with money have their holiday homes on the north shore and the tavernas follow the cash. Our meal at 'Fike Fike' was good and the style was clearly again trying to move Greek food away from the tradtional offering. There's also a walkway along the shore so the locals can promenade of an evening so we joined the crowd after our meal.
Even though a number of additional boats joined the anchorage, it's big enough to cater for many more. We will be back there later in the week to pick up the new crew.
After two nights we fancied a change and picked up the hook around 10.00hrs. The wind was broadly southerly at 10-12 knots which meant we had to tack, but Chris was determined to sail, so we spent a pleasant couple of hours working our way down the peninsula in long tacks. As we entered the channel between the mainland and Makronisi Island the wind dropped to a fickle 6 knots and after a while even the Skipper got tired of sailing into a constantly changing light wind, so the engines pushed us the last mile or so.
Ormos Thoriko is the bay north of the town of Lavrion. It's not a very pretty place, with views of a refinery and the tankers waiting offshore to unload but it provides good shelter and a different view from the previous nights. There are a couple of other boats in the more northerly anchorage, but we chose the southern end of the bay to hide from the afternoon wind driven swell. We'll just use this as a one night stop before Lavrion where we hope to refuel, stock up for our visitors and meet up with sailing friends Grant and Les who are about to launch their boat 'Cattiva' there after her winter sleep.
Main picture: Porto Rafti harbour