Splice

Catamaran cruising

Who: Carolyn & Chris Gebbie
23 October 2019 | Kilada
12 October 2019 | Kiladha
06 October 2019 | Astros
29 September 2019 | Kiladha
29 September 2019 | Porto Heli/Spetsai
21 September 2019 | Monemvasia
11 September 2019 | Astros
11 September 2019 | Tiros
11 September 2019 | Plaka
11 September 2019 | Porto Heli
06 September 2019 | Ermioni
06 September 2019 | Vathy
21 July 2019 | Aigina
21 July 2019
11 July 2019 | Poros
11 July 2019 | Finikas

Astros

11 September 2019 | Astros
Chris Gebbie
With a force 1 NW wind the journey further north to Astros was just under engine, the 12 miles covered off in a couple of easy hours. On arrival we were happy that again our pre-selected spot was free, allowing a 'side to' berth again. Twice in a week is a real bonus as the skipper doesn't have to worry about the anchor slipping or someone pulling it out for us!

Despite again being the port part of a main town inland, Astros is larger and a popular holiday resort for Greeks in the area. It's not too commercial and the recently extended harbour is well set up. The main mooring for yachts is on the east wall 'stern to' but we had seen from photos that there was a space on the west side quay that could accomodate two cats. We had the first place and a 45 foot charter cat came in behind us with a professional skipper and American clients. We even had a power supply here which are in short supply on the other quay.

Astros Harbour from the castle, Splice is moored to port of the entrance, just left of centre shot

We plan two nights here before crossing the gulf back to anchor in a bay whilst the strong winds go past. The forecast for the southern gulf is not looking very good, wind gusts up to 40 knots so we are glad we decided to head north.

We climbed the hill to the local castle which, despite being built in the 11th century looks odd with large windows. Then you read the plaque that explains that 3 brothers in the 1930's built their homes within the structure suposedly to defend it in the Greek War of Independance at that time. On closer inspection the original slits for defensive fire still exist in some parts and the view is worth the climb.

Astros Harbour with the castle above

Today is being spent patronising the laundry, some shopping in the local stores for fruit, bread etc and catching up on the blog. It's calm today with little wind, not the story for Friday and over the weekend.....we'll be in hiding!

Main photo: Carolyn keeps lookout at the castle


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Vessel Name: Splice
Vessel Make/Model: Broadblue 435 Catamaran
Crew: Carolyn & Chris Gebbie
About:
We have been married for over 25 years and have two grown up sons. Carolyn has dual English/French nationality and speaks French well. [...]
Extra: Contact us at splice435(the at sign)gmail.com
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Who: Carolyn & Chris Gebbie