WEATHER BOMBS, TURTLES AND GOATS
01 October 2015 | Vathi on Ithica
Angie/ fine and 27°
WEATHER BOMBS, TURTLES AND GOATS.
Wow time has flown quickly and we are now on the countdown for putting Split Enz to bed for another season the weather has definitely cooled off and become a bit more unsettled so far since my last update we have had to sit out 2 weather bombs. Lots of wind, rain, thunder and lightening. Nights are cooler which is very pleasant for sleeping and when the sun is out we are still getting temperatures in the high 20's to low 30's so nothing to complain about really. As we get closer to our return to NZ I must admit that I will be pleased to be back home and being able to spend time with our family, we especially miss the grandchildren so it will be nice to spend some quality time with them. So picking up where I left off on the last update.......
14 September we headed for the Island of Kastos just south of Meganisi, we anchored in a bay just next to the port in lovely clear water we swam and Steve used the GoPro to do some underwater videos. After a lovely peaceful night we went ashore the next morning for coffee and to explore, our provisions were getting low as well so we hoped to stock up on a few items but alas the Market was closed.
15th September the intention was to head to Astokos on the mainland for provisions and then anchor in a favorite bay of ours but as we headed into the bay the wind came up. Too much to anchor and go ashore in the dingy so we quickly turned around and headed for the port of Vathi on the Island of Ithica we did manage to get in a little sailing before it died down again. The cook had the night off as the larder was looking a little empty 😀. In the morning we did a much needed food shop then headed for Fiskardo on Kefalonia.
16th September we did manage to do some sailing but again the wind died off so it was engine back on, it really does make you appreciate the silence of sailing 😀, we do have to run the engine to top up the batteries so I guess it is a necessary evil. Fiskardo is a very busy port and very popular with the charter fraternity. So it's first in best dressed. We dropped our anchor near the head of the bay and with the help of some friendly yachties managed to take long lines ashore and tie to some trees. We went ashore and explored a very pleasant place but definitely caters to the charters so quite commercial and lacking a bit of that Greek character.
17th September we headed out before the mass exodus hoping to get a little sailing in and not really sure where we would go. There was no wind and not enjoying the sound of the engine we started to poke our nose into a few bays looking for some where quiet to have lunch and wait for the wind. We entered Kalo Limini still on Kefalonia, there was only one other yacht so we decided to anchor with long lines ashore and just chill out. Top spot water was lovely and clear so we spent the next 2 days there, it's so lovely just to be able to jump in the water and cool off, in fact spent most of the day in the water. On the 2nd night the cook had another night off and we went ashore to a little Taverna, we were the only customers and enjoyed a lovely meal of Calamari, Greek salad, tsziki and fries 😋washed down with 500ml Mythos for Steve and 500ml Rosé for me all for the grand total of €22. Turns out we were their final customers as they were closing down for the season.
19th September we headed for Eufimia further south still on Kefalonia, there was some bad weather headed our way and we needed protection. On arrival we anchored in the bay for the night. Next morning we went onto the town pier it was nice to have power and water, we were able to run the big fan 😅 which was lovely for keeping cool inside. We were next to an English boat and I got chatting to Juliet and her husband Dave, they have been cruising for 21 years and sailed to NZ which they loved they then sailed up to Thailand and put their boat on a ship to Turkey and have been slowly sailing through the Mediterranean countries. We swapped ideas and information it was great meeting them and talking to them. we were certainly hit by the bad weather with gusts up to 48kns and lots of thunderstorms and rain we got a message from fellow sailors Dee and Dave who were sheltering in Vlhiko on Lefkas, their anchor dragged and the Bimini was shredded, but they were safe and able to get the Bimini repaired the next day😀.
22 September and it was time to move off again, we headed further south managing to get in a little sailing and anchored in the bay of Argostoli on the southern end of Kefalonia. On checking the weather we can see that we're going to be hit by another weather bomb so head onto the town pier again. We walked around the town and went for a bike ride and did some food shopping. Steve also managed to get some photos and a video of one of the local resident Turtles. The next day the weather was still clear so we decided to hire a car and be land tourists for a change. It was great, we headed up into the mountains where we saw a lot of goats they were everywhere I even saw them in the trees. We particularly want to see Asos as we were not going there on Split Enz, was worth the drive such a beautiful spot, very scenic. The next morning the expected storm hit we were so glad that we had decided to do our car tour the day before as the roads flooded and people had to be rescued from their cars. We went across the road to a cafe for coffee and free internet and got trapped there for most of the morning as the main road and footpath turned into a river. That afternoon we left the town pier as we needed to charge the batteries and empty our tanks. We headed out of the bay in very big seas did our "house keeping" then turned around and headed straight back in and anchored off the town pier. A few boats were watching us leave and must have decided to follow we thought that they were crazy! Latter that day we were really hit big time and the boats that followed us out came back. With the flooding came the pollution into the bay, and the water went from its natural green colour to muddy brown with lots of debris, rubbish and sadly oil we were very worried about the turtles and fish life. We were concerned about Dee and Dave and made contact to see how they faired but they were good safely tucked away with LOTS of chain out and Bimini stowed away😅.
26th September and we were headed off again at last. The weather was still overcast but expected to clear and we still had one more place to check off our list of "must see's", so headed straight south across the Chanel to the northern tip of the next island of Zakinthos and "Ship Wreck" bay as it is locally known. Wow wow wow is all I can say so worth the effort and photos we took only go a small way towards showing how amazing this place is, the water was the most wonderful colour and crystal clear. We stopped for lunch and a swim then headed across to the mainland and a place called Killini and anchored in the bay for the night. There was a taverna on the beach that was turned into a wedding venue for the day and we were treated to a fireworks display and traditional Greek music for the evening the next day we went onto the town pier to get a few supplies and I cooked roast lamb with all the trimmings for dinner we had a very pleasant evening listening to music and watching the locals fish.
Well that brings us up to date for now thanks for reading.
Ps photo at Shipwreck Bay