Archive for Greece 2006

Jun
10

A fine end

June 10th, 2006 -- No Comments »

A fine end
Final day on the seas… Taking a quick trip across the shipping lane took us back to Kalamaki marina. After cleaning up, fuelling and packing, we were off in to Athens for some final drinks before catching our flights back home. Our waitress providing one of the most viewed online images of this trip!
Saturday
Daily statistics:
•Wind force: 3
•Calm sea
•Total nautical miles: 13 NM

•Total nautical miles of trip: 145 NM

Jun
09

Alcohol is your best friend

June 9th, 2006 -- No Comments »

Please....please...just let me die
After a heavy night of partying, the crew was not feeling great today, and that’s an understatement! The winds picked up to a strong Northerly force 5 as well. So rather than trying to reef and tack through that with a crew ready to puke out last nights fun, we decided to motor up North.
The plan was to head up all the way back to Kalamaki, but at reaching N.Aigina we decided to anchor up in the leeway of the island, getting a well deserved rest from the swells.
At this point we also learnt our speedometer had been off by quite a lot during the week. According to the calculations we were about 10% faster than the instrument told us! We would do the last stretch to Kalamaki on Saturday morning instead, allowing a nice night in the bay rather than the polluted Athens.
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Friday
Daily statistics:

  • Wind force: 5
  • Moderate sea; high swells
  • Total nautical miles: 22
  • Jun
    08

    Finally some real sailing!!!

    June 8th, 2006 -- No Comments »

    Proper sailing!!!
    All hands on port side
    Work those sheets!
    Rob, our final crew member, joined us in the morning, and what a day to join! Thursday was by far and away the best sailing day! Strong winds of force 4 allowed us to get the most out of Apollon. With the crew taking turns at “skippering”, we finally got a good feel of what it’s like to tack through some proper winds.
    Even though Duncan did shat himself and needed hand-holding when the boat started heeling over a bit, the wuss!
    After about 10 NM of sailing around Hydra’s bay, we went back to Hydra early to secure a spot for the night… the actual Stag NIGHT!!! (for obvious reasons we will not show any pictures of the night here)
    Thursday
    Daily statistics:

  • Wind force: 4
  • Moderate sea;
  • Total nautical miles: 10 NM
  • Jun
    07

    Surfingggggggg

    June 7th, 2006 -- No Comments »

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    Johan joined us early in the morning having arrived by Ferry from Athens. Unfortunately there was not a lot of wind today, so after bobbing around for a while, we had to entertain ourselves in a different way.
    Who said 5 knots under power is slow? Let’s see who can hold on the longest shall we?!
    After our attempts at water skiing, we headed for Hydra in the afternoon, only to arrive at a chockablock full harbour. We ended up anchoring in the bay of Mandraki just East of Hydra.
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    Wednesday
    Daily statistics:

  • Wind force: 1 to 2
  • Calm sea;
  • Total nautical miles: 30 NM
  • Jun
    06

    Cutting it close

    June 6th, 2006 -- No Comments »

    I'm smiling... but i'm SCARED
    Today was a calm day on the sea, which allowed for a nice photo shoot of our Apollon. Finding a quiet spot, Skelly and Ian got in to the RIB to take some pictures as we sailed past them. Duncan couldn’t help notice those waves being significantly more pronounced in a small RIB than when you’re on the yacht, but non-the-less, they managed to hold their own and get some good shots.
    In the afternoon Jason spotted some rather out of tune sails, and after a bit of tightening up, we managed a whole 10 degrees closer to the wind! The crew got their first real chance at being at the helm.
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    We moored up in the town of Spetses where the following morning Johan would join our crew.
    Daily statistics:

  • Wind force: 3
  • Calm sea; average speed: 4 kn
  • Total nautical miles: 20 NM
  • Tuesday

    Jun
    05

    Whatever you do, do NOT drop the gin!

    June 5th, 2006 -- No Comments »

    Close call...
    After a quick morning excursion to the town of Poros, we headed out south through the tight channel. Lucky our depth meter was working, as we had to dive out of the way of ferry steaming it’s way in to Poros with no concern for anyone else!
    Some serious cool tacking in between the islands N.Skilli and N.Spathi allowed us to round the corner and head up to the “Crouching Frog” (N.Soupia) for lunch and a bit of a swim.
    Made it....
    The afternoon turned in to a calm and very pretty sailing trip, highlighted by dolphins around the boat! We anchored up in the bay of Órmos Skindos on the island of N.Dhokós, where after some very hilarious attempts, Rich and Per managed to pull a long mooring line back up to the shore… (Rich: perhaps you should look up Snell’s Law?)
    Monday


    Daily statistics:

  • Wind force: 3
  • Calm sea; average speed: 4 kn
  • Total nautical miles: 20 NM
  • Jun
    04

    Bowthruster madness

    June 4th, 2006 -- No Comments »

    First leg
    Sunday morning we headed out on our excursion. Heading out of the harbour caused some fine moments of engineering (why does that bow thruster have its own bleeding on/off switch??).
    Having past the shipping lane, and out in clear skies (boy Athens is polluted!) we hoisted the sails and the crew got their first taste of tacking as we had direct head wind.
    Half way through the day we dropped the sails and ate some lunch on board as we motored the rest of the way to Poros, where we found a nice spot on a mooring buoy to settle for the night.
    Crack open the beers and whisky!
    Whisky for the main man
    Tacking is hard work!
    Daily statistics:

    • Wind force: 2; head wind
    • Calm sea; average speed: 3 kn
    • Distance: 30 NM
    Jun
    03

    Who said stag do’s last one night?!

    June 3rd, 2006 -- No Comments »

    Whatever happened to the good ‘ole days when the groom would go out for his last night on the town with his mates the night before his big day?!
    When Ian decided he would tie the knot, he also planned three (!) stag do’s. One for work, one in London, and one… wait for it… a week sailing in Greece!
    Well who am I to complain? Especially since I got to be the skipper on our yacht, an Ocean Star 51.2 called Apollon.
    Saturday the crew arrived at the Kalamaki marina to be shown to our yacht. We spent the day provisioning her and going over some safety instructions. Most important rules on board:

  • Skipper is always right (and does not ever cook)
  • No alcohol between anchor up and anchor down
  • What to do during man overboard (SPOT THAT MAN!)
  • Know your eight knots (pop quiz: who still knows them all??)
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