29 June 2015 | Mykonos Cyclades Geek Islands
Angie very sunny. 29 Degrees
We overnighted at a few islands on our way to Samos, where we wanted to check out a Marina, as a possibility for leaving "Split Enz" next year it is central in the Aegean and also close to Turkey so gives us plenty of options. We moored in the bay around the corner from said Marina and Steve rowed ashore with the bike on board and pedaled around to check it out, it looks to be a good option, after Steve got back we settled down for a relaxing afternoon. At around 4:30pm the mad evening rush started to happen, boats coming in thick and fast all vying for the quickly filling spaces. While we were watching the action a rather large catermeran came in casually weaving its way around the already moored boats looking for a spot to anchor. Unbeknownst to us they had forgotten that they had a fishing line out and proceeded to get it caught around all the boats it passed as well as their own rudder. They dropped their anchor in the beach zone and with much yelling which they ignored proceeded to drop back to us to check if they had done any damage to our boat. The captain then casually puts on snorkel and fins and gets into the water to cut the line away from his rudder. In the meantime this big "cat" is caught by the wind and starts drifting towards our bow, Steve is there trying to hold it off as the Captains wife is busy chatting laughing about how this is not the first time they have done it, she then notices that Steve is trying to push their boat off our bow and says "oh would like me to pull up some chain" 👏😤😁. The captain finally finishes cutting away the line and is back on board and the begin to move away from us, just as the wind catches them again and their rudder starts to go over our anchor chain. With lots of pushing we managed to move them away from us without further incident. They were shooed off by a few other boats as they tried to drop their anchor near them and finally managed to settle way out in the bay near the entrance of the harbor. I did feel rather sorry for them but glad that they were well away from us. They were a menace. We left the next morning heading towards Mykonos, we were in an area that was notoriously bad for good holding and also very windy in the Greek Pilot book the writer Rod Heikell comments that Icarus didn't get too close to the sun because his feathers were blown off as he passed through this area. We were unsuccessful at getting good holding so Steve decided we would overnight to Mykonos. We had quite a bit of wind at first but this died off and we ended up motoring most of the way arriving around 7am. We anchored in the same bay as last year then went to bed to catch up on some sleep. The next day we did some reprovisioning and then caught the bus into Mykonos town for dinner and a wander. Lots of people as there was a cruise ship in the harbor. We had a lovely dinner at "Little Venice" then it was back to the boat for a good nights sleep before heading off for our next destination.
The photo is of Little Venice in Mykonos