and on we go in Greece

After arriving in Kithnos we have to recognize that we are a bit exhausted by the sailing of the past days, so we decide to take a break the following day. Of course that doesn’t necessarily mean that we go to the beach and sleep the whole day.

the Chora in Kythnos, we got there after a good walk
the Chora in Kythnos, we got there after a good walk

Instead we decide to walk up to the Chora of Kithnos which is 7 km up on the island. Walking on the paved road in the hottest time of the day was not the most relaxing thing to do, but in the end we were happy and enjoyed the village as well as the refreshments 😉

great beer and the great greek Frappé (cold coffee with a lot of foam, you can get it even without milk!)
great beer and the great greek Frappé (cold coffee with a lot of foam, you can get it even without milk!)
coulorful houses in Kithnos
coulorful houses in Kithnos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next days sailing was going over to Aigina island, in the morning the motor was running but from noon on we had a nice wind blowing us to the other side. It was on that afternoon that we both stated who great the weather forecast “Poseidon” had turned out to be right, really a good tip to use this one. Well, from this evening on we found out that that was true for the Cyclades, the Dodecanes and the Turkish coast were we used to sail in the past years. But not for the Saronic golf between the Korinth channel and Athens.
Just as we were well anchored in the bay that evening  a wall of waves and wind came up and we tried to flee into the harbour of Aigina.

Of course all other boats on that Friday evening had the same problem and the same idea.

She San in the ferry harbour of Methana
She San in the ferry harbour of Methana

So next plan change and going down south to Mericha. Good that there was a lot of space in the ferry harbour since one of our engines became overheated, so had had to choose an easy manouver in the wind that still was blowing into the harbour.

Mericha Yacht harbour - calm but a bit smelly from the sulfural spring water in the back
Mericha Yacht harbour – calm but a bit smelly from the sulfural spring water in the back

After a bumpy night were we had been pressed into all our fenders the whole night through we of course first had a look at our engine and quickly found out that the lid of the cooling water system had been a bit loosened (why ever we still have to find out) and therefore the problem could be solved by filling up the system again. Although the direction of the wind had changed the next night resulted to be almost as bumpy as the first one and we found out that the strong pier was looking quite strong, but the waves just passed on underneath it. Thanks to Reto’s brilliant idea to put some soap on our fenders we finally did find our sleep.

we arrived in Perika on Aigina island, a lovely bay used as harbour by fisherman and yachts, in the back the island of Moni
we arrived in Perika on Aigina island, a lovely bay used as harbour by fisherman and yachts, in the back the island of Moni

The next day we crossed over to Perika on Aigina island, a beautiful small bay with many fishing boats and filling up with yachts in the evening. Good place to enjoy harbour cinema, first of all because the charter yachts just sail out of Athens and make their first stop here, second because there is a lot of rubbish in the harbour and apart from the usual chains also large tires and such things are fished by the anchors.

Well it also happened to us that the anchor in the first large blow ripped out and at the second trial we fished a large chain and a lot of rope. Only on the third trial we were fixed safely to enjoy the stay and had a nice lunch together with Volker and Elke. I know Volker from my time at Nestlé and they were just spending the weekend in their weekend house here around the corner.

And you cannot imagine how we did enjoy the peaceful night without bumping and squeaking of ropes and fenders.

great view around the bay from the top of the mountain at Aigina during our bike tour
great view around the bay from the top of the mountain at Aigina during our bike tour

The following day we spent watching the harbour cinema again and made a nice bike tour, to Aigina and up the hill to finally make the first meters of hight after leavin Switzerland.

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