15 October 2021
Nisos Kalymnos - Emborious
Second time around.
We slipped our lines without any histrionics at 7.30 am. We sailed the 40 miles from Skala to Emborious but the sea was very lumpy and we had gusty wind, stronger than forecast. Waves came over the portside and we did get a bit wet. So we erred on the side of caution and reduced our sails by putting a reef in the main sail and a couple of turns on the genoa. This kept the boat upright which was much more comfy. We don’t do “tippy-uppy" any more!!!! What we had omitted to do however, was lock down the hatches and the result was a very wet bed!
We had to cross 2 shipping lanes that were busy with a constant stream of tankers reminding us of our many channel crossings between the UK south coast and Cherbourg. Its amazing how quickly they can creep up on you. Initially a dot on the horizon and very soon becoming cause for concern – will they pass in front of us, behind us or hit us? We never leave anything to chance and I will take readings on my hand bearing compass. If the numbers decrease, the tanker will pass behind us. If it increases, it will pass in front. If it remains the same we are on a collision course and we will act by changing our course until it has passed.
We were here just 2 weeks ago and have stopped here again as we are now slowly making our way back to Ikaria where we shall spend the winter. We picked up the same mooring buoy as last time and next day the mega yacht Pacific arrived making us feel like we had never left!!!! We watched in awe at the skill of the helicopter pilot getting off the deck and returning in such strong winds and I was very touched to get a farewell blast from the skipper of the yacht as he turned towards us to leave the bay. Had he seen me showering on the transom I wonder ?! 😂
We spent 7 days here waiting for the winds to die down. The Meltemi this year has been long, strong and unrelenting. The normal pattern, during the months of July and August, is about 7 days of strong winds followed by a few days of much lighter winds, or no wind at all. This year has been exceptional with strong winds lasting for several weeks, all day and all night. I have to say that listening to howling wind for days on end drives me MAD but, it keeps things comfortable during the hot summers . Without the wind we would all just fry! Normally, these winds would be subsiding during the early weeks of September, but they haven't. On the plus side we saw dolphins in the bay, several close to Stiletto, lovely.
Eventually we left and motored the 7 miles round to Nisos Leros and Lakki marina.
Muse for this post: no matter what life throws at you. Ice cold beer and chilled white wine always help!