Now I was alone again. Remained at Kalymnos way to 9/8. Hot it was, could
not do anything. I figured I must be out on the waves again before I die.
Had been told that I could go home at the end of August to take part in my friend Pärs wedding.
Shall also arrange for my boat trailer, which was rented out last winter, gets it towed away and parked in Tores caravan parks. Tore has pulled the boat to and from the port in recent
years. Timing is perfect for weddings and wagon transport.
Plenty of time yet.
Leaves Kalymnos with engine. Straight against the waves, and some winds too, took it piano so to speak. 3.5 hours later and 9 M, I am in Emborios, the pretty little village at the top
of Kalymnos. There was no chance to moore to the buoy alone, much wind. Put out the anchor instead.
At 9 o'clock I took the anchor up and went motoring up to Lakki on Leros. 3 hours and 13 M. I anchored again and took the dinghy to shore to buy some vegetables and Mythos beer. Vegetables are just a product that is a bit so-so with down here, contrary
to what you might think. They import and may not ship the best to the islands, it might stay in Athens. The beer is brewed in Thessaloniki, on the mainland of course. Have found that Mythos is the best beer. Very good!
After 28.3 M and a wonderful sailing I arrived to a small lovely anchor bay with goats on Agathonisi where we have been twice
before. It was, as usual, almost no vegetation. The little that was made up of small low spiky gray-green stuff and some larger shrubs with something like a goat might think is a little luxury food for a change to the thorny. Then there is also the occasional
slightly larger "bushes" that the goats for the most part supports so you can not see them. It's really hard to even see any wildlife until they suddenly moves a little. Some are black, maybe with a bit of white somewhere, and others are dull gray. Perfect
protection mask. Another boat came into the bay but went around the corner into a smaller stick arm out of sight. Perfect-alone.
Up on the mountain side there are the process
of road construction. Two smaller excavators hums a bit weak when they take the mountain down with a ground spike. Knack force sounds slightly higher but lost in the monotony after a while. Paradise Steam.
4 hours and 20 minutes with the engine running up to the town of Samos and Pythagorion was this time trip, 16.6 M.
Objective achieved. Going into the city harbor to see if there is a little space to squeeze into. Takes one turn along all boats, but it is too crowded. There is a Swedish boat, and another. Well, I'll anchor off
until tomorrow so maybe there is an opportunity to get into.
Anchors in the lagoon off the playa, quite far out. Thinking of moving further in so I do not interfere in / outbound
traffic. A little later, I take up the anchor and move further in, but I do not want to go too far in where people bathe. Outputs anchor about 50 meters from the beach, then a port police officer on a motorcycle ride on the breakwater and shout that I must
go further in because they are waiting for a ferry. Ok, got up the anchor again and went even further and released it.
The ferry comes and it is GREAT. Moreover, it goes a long
way toward me and sends out his giant anchor. Then he runs into the harbor. He took a lot of space.
I took the dinghy to shore, pulling it up a bit and goes up to a Taverna where
I got to know the people. I ordered grilled fish, fish I have not eaten in a long time. The fish is expensive down here too. There are not much fish in the Mediterranean they say.
but a lot of bones in it. You get the whole fish with head and tail, 2 pieces. Bread and vegetables. Will be very satisfied.
Lying nice looking on the other boats around, seing newcomers enter the harbor just to getting out again. Can from my position not see if there is any gap in the row, there may well be a motoryacht, without a mast. I can
only see the masts above the breakwater. I'll Have to wait some more.
At noon, I go into the harbor and it still looks just as full but I see a small possibility to squeeze myself
into a small gap so I bet on it. Outputs the stern anchor and goes forward and in between two boats. Once there, almost at the quay there is not enough rope anymore. Only about 4 meters too short. Takes a different line to extend it and makes a knot in between.
The rope is very rigid of all the salt so it's hard to get a knot together. Releases the line and goes up to the dock and get help with mooring of a lady from one of the Swedish boat, she saw when I came in and recognized me from the previous day. Now I lie
still very close between the two boats. When I shall bring home the aft line, there is no cord attached to it! The knot is dissolved when it went down in the water. Thanks for Murphy! Anyway I was still, could not get either forward or backward. Will fix it
later. Visiting the people in the other two Swedish boats. They already know each other and we discuss my problem. We will help you getting up the rope they say, no problem. We take my dinghy and go out with a long rope to attach once we got it up. John has
brought a nice little grapnel that we let down where I think the line is, but gets nothing. We go a little further out and then we get it up immediately. It may well have slipped out a bit when it was stretched and suddenly got loose. Wonderful. Johan makes
a fine knot and then double half hitch on its own part on each side of the knot. It will not slip, guaranteed.
We celebrated it on one boat with Pelle and Marie from Uppsala
and Johan from Skåne. We had some nice days together.
In Samos, I will buy three T-shirts with text on for Maria in the tavern on Kalymnos. XXL or as big as possible she
says and adds, you know we are tall here in Greece. The text on the shirts is a translation from English of a lot of Greek words and sentences. On top it says: It's all Greek to me. I bought one when Asa and I was there earlier in Samos and they became excited
when they saw it. Went to the store again and asked for them but they had not the great white with black text. But on Friday, she said, she would bring in new. Well, may well wait until then.
On Friday no shirts had arrived, but on Saturday she thought they will. OK, it may well take a while.
On Saturday they had come. A little late to leave Samos
today. But tomorrow so ...
On Sunday, 19/8, I left Samos after some controversy with Port Police. Thought I would go to jail when I asked him to hurry up. It all worked
out at last and he was really nice in the end.
I had good wind south but a little too much straight from behind so I had to make some cruising. The wind increased all the time
and when I was just north of Agathonisi Asa called and asks how things are. Well thanks just fine, much wind so I think I go into Agathonisi. I was about going all the way to Lakki on Leros but Port Police had delayed me so it was better to go to leeward here.
I went to the usual anchor bay and had a very enjoyable afternoon and evening.
Arrives Lakki after 5.5 hours and 28.5 M. Smooth sailing all the way. Here, I intend to sign a contract to take the boat up for the winter. This resulted in that I decided to take the boat up
at november 12 and launch April 10. Five months on the hard and I could stay home approximately 4.5 months before I have to go back to fix the things. I have to exchange some valves and improve the bottom painting.
I need to replace the original bottom valve to the toilet even if it is good up here in our region, it can not freeze due to trapped water, because it is open, but it needs to be greased to be tight and be easy to turn.
Now it has not been served since 15 months and it was often used on the channels through Europe. It will be better with a regular ball valve.
The personnel in the office of Leros
Marina were very nice so I hope this will be the same for their entire business.
to Pothia on Kalymnos, it took 3.5 hours to sail the 18.4 M. Always nice weather. Have not seen a single cloud since we left Patras on Pelopenosos when we got a little rain on the way to Corinth Canal.
It was in early May. False! I remember now we had one night with a huge rainfall when Marie and Pär was with us early june. But after that no clouds at all.
As nice as always to come back here. Now I just go home for a while.
Delivers the T-skirts in the taverna for great rejoicing. Now Johan is here with his boat. He is on
his way to Crete to stay there for the winter.
Now I will go home for ten days. 9.30
is the ferry to Mastikari. Taxi to the airport and waiting for departure.
Change plane in Pisa. There it is as hot as here. In the airport building it is a nice temperature.
Can not think about running away somewhere to have dinner in a place far away so I decide to remain and have something smaller to eat at here.
Back home I was met at the airport
Säve by Åsa and Malin. Wonderful to feel the Swedish soil under my foot but huuuu so cold. Only 16 degrees and windy, lucky I have a jacket with me. Temperature Shock!
is justgetting warmer when I come home, it seems that I took some of the heat with me. Good to be home for a while.
Will fix everything that is on the agenda, but first comes
the wedding on Saturday 25/8. It will be very nice.