26/8/2009 while at home in the
Lakki, Leros, Dodekanese
Monday 6th July 2009.
We had arrived at our base
for a short period, Leros Marina in the
Our first evening was an
exploratory stroll into, & around
Tuesday. Chores day – provision run to larger supermarket, diesel tanker, water (drinking) tanker, wash some of the salt off the boat etc, etc
Wednesday. Doug did some
maintenance on the autohelm. Then went
round to Xirokampos on the S side of island, to anchor for night. 5.1 nm.
Pretty village with ruined castle & small church, on hill behind. In the
evening light the
Thursday. Needless to say we went ashore & walked up the hill to the fort & the church.
Amazing views as we got
higher as we could see back to Lakki , but not quite the marina as that was
deeper in the bay. Found a different route back with more track & less
road. Then it was 4.8 nm along to anchor off the
Friday. Ashore, a quick stroll round the fishing port, then it was up a long & windy road, past some little chapels, then the row of windmills,
then another little chapel
with a gaudily painted bomb case mounted in its yard & finally up to the
fortress, another with a church in its walls. Once more the views both on the
way up & from the ramparts were fantastic. Again we found a different route
back, down a stepped path, shorter & sharper, to the town of
Saturday. Some youngsters in a rubber dinghy were fishing near the boat in the morning. They had caught quite a number of quite sizeable fish, which they showed us with glee. (most that we have seen while swimming have been smaller). Mid morning we moved on to Ormos Plakouti (Blefouti). 4.6 nm. Although it was Saturday there were only a few people relaxing & having fun on the beach & in/on the water. Even the taverna was quiet & it was another very peaceful anchorage.
Sunday 12th July.
A relaxed start past the Arkhangelos anchorage of last week, then a pleasant
sail down the coast & a lunchtime/afternoon stop in
This proved a good move as the forecast NW winds continued to increase.
Monday. Day for jobs - provisions, Port Police, laundry. We used the dinghy to go across the harbour to Lakki which saved a lot of carrying. The wind carried on increasing & gusting as the day wore on & a lot of boats came in, making lots of work for the harbour staff. There was a French boat moored across the pontoon from us, I’m not sure how many they had on board, but they were a very amiable bunch. Their skipper came to help when rubbish bin blew off the quay & we thought it was going to hit the boat. It took 3 of us & 2 boathooks to retrieve, & nearly won!
Tuesday. Another trip by
dinghy to the town for ferry tickets & some heavy shopping. Surprisingly
sheltered in the bay, the ferries are using Lakki not their regular
The forecast is still for the wind (now a meltemi) to stay up & we have friends due in a few days.
Our friends, Val & Rog,
blew in on the ferry from
The next day with the wind still subsiding we started on another round the island trip, with a short hop to Xirokampos for a lunchtime stroll ashore, then on to Pandelli, to swim & watch the windmills as evening fell & the lights came on.
The Saturday started with a run ashore for a stroll & taverna lunch, then a sail to the anchorage off Arkhangelos. We all enjoyed some lovely snorkelling & later on the sound of the goat bells as the goats wandered over the hills, & brilliant stars in the night sky.
Remembering how busy this
anchorage had been on an earlier Sunday we departed in the morning for a sail
to Lipsi island, this time tying to the quay in the main town. As we had looked
round the town before, we sent Val & Rog to explore while we sorted water,
lunch & took lines for some other boats coming in. They returned with the
news they had been told by some locals that the meltemi was returning, &
sure enough, there was the warning on the navtex. As we all had flights to the
It was probably useful for Doug & myself as it gave us the Monday to sort the boat out before leaving her for several weeks while we go home. We sent our visitors off to play tourist, so they returned to Pandelli & walked up the steps to the fortress before spending the afternoon swimming & sunning.
So on Tuesday we went for the
In the morning (Wed 22nd July) we had a brief look at some of the sights in the Town before we headed to the airport & our flight home, leaving the Val & Rog to catch a much later flight to their destination.
At home we have caught up
with friends & relatives & done some jobs in both house & garden.
We have also done some local walking & cycling, as well as doing some very
pleasant Wolds walking for a week in
The weather surprised us by being cool, if not cold, at first, but later producing a hot spell, although I think we shall find it hotter still when we return to the boat.