We’ve been underway for just over a week and completed four passages as we island-hop our way through Greece. Although we are not in our usual leisurely cruising mode, we are quickly getting back into a routine of moving when the wind and weather allow.
Our days of open-ended cruising have come to an end, and the main purpose of this trip is to move Gyatso from point A (Marmaris, Turkey) to point B (Corfu, Greece). This requires a different mind set than when we were cruising full-time, one that has an end date looming in a matter of weeks, not months and years. We’re adjusting, but this early in the season, it is a real test in patience. Twice we’ve set out in hopes of making a passage but turned back when the conditions proved uncomfortable. We decided that we were pushing the schedule too hard and have settled back into our tried-and-true approach of letting the weather dictate our movements.
Today we are anchored in Katapola on the island of Amorgos waiting for more favorable winds to sail to Paros. We’re planning an early departure tomorrow (Monday). If the forecast holds, we might actually get some southerly winds this week to carry us north of our track to fulfill David’s birthday wish: to visit Apollo’s sacred island of Delos which is accessible by tour boat from the island of Mykonos.
Since leaving Marmaris, Turkey last Saturday, we sailed to Symi where we saw the super moon rise, to Nisiros where we visited the volcanic crater, to Astipalaia where we settled into island time, and now Amorgos. So far, we are re-tracing the route we took in September 2009 (see Gyatso Logbook for Greece) and hoping to reach the Ionian Islands before we have to get on a plane and return to the US in early June. All is well, but we had limited internet connection until reaching Mykonos (the store in Symi that sold internet dongles was closed the day we were there), making it difficult to provide blog updates.