With our new crew here to do all the work in the form of rope pulling and winching we were soon sailing along. It took us three hours to cover the 12 miles between Tinos and Syros. We sailed into Ermoupolis Harbour, Syros passing by the recently re-opened and working Nerion boatyard, at about 1700h and were pleased to see that Thannassis, the most stylish harbourmaster in the Med, was there to welcome us back!
We had a quick stride around this beautiful town and went out for dinner with the gang from Fly the Coop. Later, we were treated to a free Jazz Concert
in the pretty theatre which is modeled on La Scala.
We were up early the next morning because we had people to see. The previous afternoon, Ian had scooted across the bay to the boat yard to collect a fender that we had lent to a dutch sailor whilst we were in Tinos. By chance, Ian saw that our friend, Robert Brons, on Saquilla was once again back in Syros, too. Robert was not around at the time but later we contacted him by phone and agreed to meet up.
We also wanted to go and see Georgios and Stamatis who fixed the boat last year.
It was so nice to see Robert and catch up on all his news, if only briefly.
We bid fond farewells to Bryn and Jill and their gang the following morning and set off on a long sail south to Serifos. We anchored in the bay at Livadhi in winds of about 3kts. It was calm enough to have a wonderful BBQ.
Next morning, the wind had picked back up to the usual 20 odd knots and, as we attempted to leave the bay, the main halyard managed to get itself wrapped around the deck light that is attached to the mast. We freed it finally by using what I had thought were long-forgotten ribbon flicking techniques from my rhythmic gymnastics days.
So, we were off. We had a very lumpy sail directly downwind to Milos. It was very tiring trying to keep the sails filled and to cope with the wallowing. Alice and Ian kept us amused with comical quips and references;
The Genoa….’Do you know her?’
The Vang… Release Van Gogh.
Same ting, same ting…
We arrived and parked up on the town quay with a number of other boats waiting for a weather window to cross to the Peleponnese.
On Thursday, we explored the island by car. It has some of the best beaches we have seen in the Aegean. Once out of the wind it was lovely and warm. We visited the spectacular lunar landscape of Sarakiniko where layers of volcanic ash have been moulded and sculpted by wind and waves. There have also been galleries, carved in the rock, from when the ash was mined for its kaolin content.
Back on board we had energy for rustling up a Thai red curry and competing for the coveted title of Articulate Champions!
The wind seems to want us to stay put here in Milos but Alice and Ian had to make their way back to Mykonos. They caught the ferry to Santorini from where they can get back to Mykonos in time ready for their flight on Saturday.
It’s been great fun once again!