|Temple of Poseidon at Sounion|
|Temple of Poseidon at Sounion|
The next morning we moved on to the island of Kea. Again motoring, of course. Trey calls this Lake Med -- the seas totally flat glassy calm and not a breath of breeze. Using lots of that expensive diesel this summer!
|Swimming behind our boat in Kea|
|Swimming in Kea|
|Kid's sailing lesson in Kea|
This was our first time to take a stern line ashore. I really don't like doing this because it is a major hassle. We carry the dinghy upside down on the mizzen deck and the outboard either mounted on the rail or stored down in the stern lazarette when at sea. When we set the anchor then we must put the dinghy in the water and mount the outboard so that Bill can take a line ashore to tie off. There is plenty of swinging room and the depths are perfect in this section of the bay, so why bother to do this stern-line-ashore nonsense! However, the last time we were in Kea so many boats arrived on Saturday afternoon that the shores were lined completely. So we brought a stern line ashore just in case this Saturday afternoon turned out to be as busy as the previous weekend had been. For some reason, it wasn't. This Saturday hardly any boats came to Kea and we shared this section of the bay with only a few other boats. We needn't have bothered with that stern line after all.
Zachary wanted to fish. We convinced him to wait until sunset (about 9:30 p.m. here). Then he and his dad got in the dinghy and tied off to that silly stern line we had tied to shore. They sat out there for 3 hours fishing in the dark. Nary a nibble, but they enjoyed it.
The next morning we motored down to a beautiful bay called Ormos Kolona on the island of Kythnos; latitude 37.24.88N longitude 024.22.62E.
|Kythnos -- 2 anchorages back-to-back|
This is a long bay open to the west. Mega yachts lined the sides, tied stern-to the shore. We went up near the beach and anchored to swing; none of the line-ashore stuff today. This is a beautiful place. There is a narrow strip of beach connecting the main island to a large segment that could almost be a separate small island if tides were a foot higher. Behind this strip of beach is another anchorage and another bay. Yachts anchor both east and west of this strip of beach in the different bays. We were here to meet up with S/V IMAGINE from Chicago-- Marc and Jane and their kids Caroline, Grant and Noah. We thought Zach and their kids would enjoy playing together for a few hours.
|Marc & Jane, S/V IMAGINE from Chicago|
|Water Football on S/V IMAGINE|
Jane reminded us that it was Father's Day (really? hadn't even thought about that!) Caroline baked special brownies for her dad for Father's Day and they invited us over to share after dinner. The kids watched a movie and played and ate all the remaining brownies while we adults sat on the stern deck and visited. A good time was had by all.
Early the next morning Zachary asked Bill to take him ashore. He wanted to climb the hill by himself. There are ancient ruins on the high hillside. Frankly, we would probably not have realized these were ancient ruins if the sailing guide had not mentioned this fact and provided a sketch of the location of these ruins. To us it all just looked like scattered rocks. But if you looked closely you could make out a pattern to the fallen rocks. Obviously something had been constructed here at some point in distant past......supposedly well more than 2,000 years ago.
|Ancient ruins on hillside at Kythnos|
|Yellow spot upper left is Zach climbing hillside at Kythnos|
|Blue domed church on hillside on Kea|
Weather was predicted to kick up the following day (Tuesday). Winds were predicted to increase from the north at 25 knots. We decided the best thing to do would be to head back west and return to Sounion. We were afraid to risk going any farther south or east because Trey's flight home was scheduled very early Sunday morning. We did not want to get stranded during high winds and not be able to get Trey to Piraeus so he could get to the airport. Seas picked up noticeably and winds continued to increase all day. We anchored in Sounion beneath the Temple of Poseidon in 30 knots winds.....the bay filled with white horses galloping across the sea. We were all very glad we had made the decision not to proceed to Syros or Mykonos. It would have been very uncomfortable and very slow getting back north in these winds. And the winds were predicted to continue at least 4 days.
This was our first experience with the famous meltimi winds of the Aegean Sea. Many areas of the world have special names for local weather phenomena, especially for high winds. In Greece and Turkey these winds are called meltimi and blow very strong for 3-4 days at a time, especially during the summer months.
M-E-L-T-I-M-I = My Enjoyable Lovely Time In Med Interrupted
Zachary's Summer in Greece