Finally heading westwards

leaving the Yacht Marina after 4.5 weeks
leaving the Yacht Marina after 4.5 weeks

So finally we are on our way direction West. Well first of all we leave the Yacht Marina in direction customs in Marmaris.

 

 

Customs in Marmaris
Customs in Marmaris

and head south towards Rhodos. Only few miles we have some nice gently wind to start with, then quite soon we are happy to have installed the safety lines because we go with the 2nd reef and more than 5 beaufort up wind. As we haven’t sailed since last October we feel that we are a bit out of training, but fortunately we were well prepared.

Mandraki harbour
Mandraki harbour

Like this we soon reached the city harbour Mandraki in Rhodos and were told to fix the boat with the anker and two lines on the back. Interesting that we should not use the mooring line that were there.

after replacing the first lost swiss flag
after replacing the first lost swiss flag

While the paper work of checking into Greece was done by the agency we soon were able to take a walk in Rhodos.

 

 

the castle in Rhodos old town
the castle in Rhodos old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

together with these flowers of which I always forget the name ;-)
together with these flowers of which I always forget the name 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at the harbour entrance of Mandraki
at the harbour entrance of Mandraki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finally the right beer comes on board ;-)
finally the right beer comes on board 😉

and most important finally bought the right beer ;-).

 

 

the diver has good practice in making the anker free from the mooring chain in the harbour bottom...
the diver has good practice in making the anker free from the mooring chain in the harbour bottom…

As we wanted to leave the next morning we then also understood why we had to use the anker instead of the mooring lines, the reason was we had to support the local divers who make their living from helping the boats getting their anker freed from the mooring line again. A learning for sure and for 50 EUR not even so expensive, but nasty somehow from the harbor and agency that they also had charged another 20 EUR only for helping us in the harbour, while not passing on the correct information. Well, we feel welcome to Greece and already do miss Turkey and the friendliness of the people there.

arrival in Ormos Panormiti on Symi island
arrival in Ormos Panormiti on Symi island

After a nice day of sailing we finish the day in the bay of Panormitis on Symi sein, and finally have time for good swim throughout the bay.

 

 

Ormos Panormiti on Symi
Ormos Panormiti on Symi

 

 

 

 

Monastery in Panormiti
Monastery in Panormiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

harbour in Panormiti
harbour in Panormiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the weather forcast telling us about some strong Meltemi winds coming up in the next days,we decide to head on and sail our first night through direction north-west.

the first sunset with the sun "falling into" the sea
the first sunset with the sun “falling into” the sea

So we enjoy the first sundowner with the sun going directly into the sea, how beautiful!
Thanks to AIS and Radar we travel quite safely through the night, and without any clear plan we change over for the watches every couple of hours when one is tired and the other wakes up. Also we learn that the large tankers don’t really care that the sailing vessel should have priority.

After Ormos Kalandhon at Naxos we travel to

Ormos Vathy at Siphnos island
Ormos Vathy at Siphnos island

Ormos Vathy at Siphnos, then Seriphos Ormos Koutala, then Mericha at Kithnos, every day a bit more North-West, most of the time the wind on the nose, but well, that’s the way it is while sailing…

Chapel and mole of Vathy
Chapel and mole of Vathy

With every day our confidence in our She San grows and we get more routine and feel comfortable in what we are doing.

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