Summer 2020 (pre and post lockdown). travel blog

Kypirissa at sunset

approaching Navarinou

Fortress near Pilos

anchorage at night

anchorage at night

Approaching Methoni

Approaching Methoni

Methoni

Methoni

Methoni

Kayio

Woman fishing at Kayio

Kayio

Chapel Kayio

View from Chapel

Inside Chapel

Inside Chapel

Monastery

Kayio

Crystal waters


Enjoyed our days in O.Keri – saw a “dude” (turtle) a couple of time and enjoyed a good few swims and ice cold beers at the taverna on the beach. Left on Thursday 30 July and anchored off Katakolon. Been here a couple of times in the past. Funny not to see any cruise ships in the harbour although Christina O was there. Got a lovely sail in, attempted fishing but no luck.

On Friday we headed south to Kypirissa and when along side in the harbour. Not been here before. The harbour is small and unfinished – electricity posts vandalised. It’s a bit of a walk up a couple of hills to get provisions but lots of supermarkets and fruit and veg shops.

Saturday 1 August we headed for Navarinou and anchored in the NW corner. Love this place. We ended up staying nearly a week. Nice and sheltered and calm so quite a few new projects were started. On Thursday we anchored off Pilos – in need of provisioning and finding bins. Big problem on the bin front – not that many, if any, near the marina or harbour.

It’s been pretty hot at night and with the wind dying down in the evening not much cool air has been funnelled below using the wind scoop. So there have been a couple of times where laundry has been needed to be completed in the evenings, which has meant using the generator, which has meant we could put the air-conditioning on – luxury!

Friday 7 August headed further south, passed Methoni and anchored off a resort town Finakouondra. Went ashore looking for bins and a petrol station. Couldn’t find bins close by and the petrol station was 1.5kms out of town. The resort was okay – lots of restaurants and loads of Germans. The anchorage was quite crowded.

We’ve been getting as much sailing is as we can – we need to get to know No.2 better. She sails very differently to No.1. No.1 would round up quite severely where as No.2 starts to, and then says “why bother” and sets into her groove and off she goes. You can definitely feel the difference in weight, with No.2 being twice as heavy. Also she is very different, we have hydraulic furlers, which means buttons to push and not manually winching – which I like very much but my bingo wings don’t.

Saturday 8th, tried to hoist the dinghy but the mounts didn’t hold up well underneath the weight of the dinghy and outboard motor. Needless to say Gen was a bit disappointed due to the amount of work he put in – so more fibre-glassing and epoxying needed.

We took advantage of the winds, yet again, and had a got a great and feisty sail in. Anchored off Porto Kayio on the Mani coast. What a lovely little resort this is. The views here are great, the resort, the chapel on the headland and most of all the monastery. Really liked this gem which is generally used by yachties as a transit stop.

Headed further north up the coast wanting to see it from the water. In Feb/Mar 2019 we hired a car and travelled briefly around the Peleponnese and loved it. Seeing the mountains from sea level rather than driving through them was a great.

On Monday we anchored in O. Sarakiniko off the beach. The water was the most beautiful crystal clear water we’ve seen so far in Greece – magnificent. Although we could have stayed longer to enjoy swimming etc we only stayed the one night. Music from the beach continued into the early night but was not unbearable.

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