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Travelling With Our Best Friend

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In previous entries I have written about the requirements for sailing on a non-EU registered boat in Italy and Greece. This includes applying for and updating a travel log while sailing in each country. The process has been a bit exasperating at times, but doable. The frustration mainly comes from having to walk from one office to another in the heat, usually about one kilometre each way, and dealing with opening hours that are unpredictable and agents who seem to be uncertain about the requirements. For the most part, however, the port police, capitainerie du porto, and customs officials have been very friendly (but usually appear quite gruff and serious at first). One thing that both Neil and I feel has helped smooth the way is the presence of Finnegan. In every office we enter, the agents are all "official  business"  at first, but then part of the way through the process they, sometimes shyly, ask what his name is or if they can pet him. Finnegan, being hot and tired from

The Greek Isles - Winds Take Us to Unexpected Places.

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 June 20th - 25th On the morning of June 20th, we leave our anchorage in Paros with a plan to sail to the small Greek island called Kato Koufanisi. This is certainly not one of the more popular islands one reads about in the travel magazines, but is a very small island off the southeast corner of Naxos. After looking at wind predictions and the necessity of getting Al and MP to an island from which they can catch a ferry or a flight back to Athens by June 25th, and our longer term goal of getting to Turkey by July 3rd, we make a plan for the next few days. Our original plan was to sail to Ios and Santorini, but with the high winds coming from the north, it makes it difficult to sail from those more southerly islands back north to our last Greek island stop of Kos. So, we decide to pass on that plan and look for more comfortable options. The route now is Kato Koufanisi, Amorgos, Levitha Islet, Pserimos Island, and then Kos. We really do not know what to expect, but we read about quaint

The Excitement of Sailing, Anchorages, and Touring in the Greek Isles

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June 18th - 19th                                                            (Photo credit: Some pictures by Pierina and Neil) Our adventures in Greece continue, as do the meltemi winds I wrote about previously. At times the winds can be almost non-existent and then, in a moment, gusting to 25 knots or more. During one passage, we can sail in winds of about 5 knots and then a short time later be sailing in winds of 25 knots, gusting to 30. This is the case as we leave our private anchorage and make our way to the island of Paros. Both MP and I were a little apprehensive about the high winds and seas, but it turns out that the boat handles them very well and as long as we are keeping our movements to a minimum, we are both doing great. With the guys it is a different story. They are ecstatic with the sailing, barely containing themselves when the boat hits a speed of nine knots, hooting and hollering into the wind.  Then, to top it off, they are in complete awe as they have a front row s

Heat and Meltemi in Greece!

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Written June 15th, 2024 Boy is it hot! From the locals in Greece we have learned that the heat we are experiencing is due to the lack of rain here all winter. As we all know from the news over the past few years, Europe gets very hot in the summer months. If it is this hot now (37 degrees), what will it be like in July and August? Finnegan and I are not overly excited to find out, but we cannot complain because we have the beautiful Aegean Sea off our back deck and we can jump in whenever we want. Finnegan used to hate the water, but he is willing to let us put him in, using his harness, for a quick dip and then out again. He always appears so refreshed after. We spend a few days anchored off the town of Adamantas, Milos while we await our friends Al and MP to join us for a two week adventure. In preparation, Neil and I tour the town, enjoy an authentic souvlaki in a pita, not to mention the most amazing seafood meal I have ever had. It is a steamed Monkfish. Outstanding! The view of t