And Disaster on Enourmos Maginitude…
Lots of firsts today; an amazingly calm and beautiful sail from Kamari to Kos town, no bouncing over sideways approaching undulating waves tossing the boat off the horizon. A large motor yacht which SLOWED DOWN as he passed close by us (!?) A hoby cat sailor who appeared to want to join us onboard and I would like to say that we caught the elusive tuna!
But we didn’t!
As the crossing from Kalymnos to Kamari ( south side of Kos ) was really tiring yesterday, last night was spent chilling on the boat and planning a return trip. Rather than head back via the islands we have already explored is; Nisiros, Tilos, Chalki etc we pored over the charts and pilot books and decided to aim back for Turkey to explore some of the Datca peninsular – which we haven’t done before and is supposed to be beautiful.
The Beaufort scale forecasts look amazingly meagre over there compared to forecasts we have checked for Greek Islands, and as we know that the water temperature and air temperature are both higher in Turkey mum is ecstatic about not having to a) sail in a Henri Lloyd coat and b) swim in a wetsuit!
Geoff made calls to our Turkish friends to check that the coup has not altered anything about boats being able to enter and leave Turkish waters, before we arranged to sort out paperwork to ” check out ” of Greece, in Kos.
Upon arriving at Kos Marina Geoff checked in and acquired a contact for a reliable
” shipping agent” who could make all the relevant passport, transit log and official arrangements with port police etc for us so that we could exit Greece and re-enter Turkey again. The Turkish coastguard are always vigilant but recently even more so, we have been told. We spoke to a catamaran captain who said he had been stopped on four separate occasions in order that his papers could be checked!
With these important things organised we strolled into a very busy Kos town, for some dinner and some people watching.
Monday dawned and Geoff was being important and had to complete some company work, so mum and I took off to find something to do……. That was when we stumbled upon ” Mr. Blue Train”. I was simply overwhelmed with excitement as Mr Blue Train chuffed sedately around the narrow back streets of Kos town. I waved wildly at pretty much anyone and everyone we passed, causing waves from some game people and raised eyebrows or confused frowns from others!
We had a near miss with ” Mr. Green Train” who I think might have been a little bit riled about Mr. Blue Train hitting on his patch, but, really – just riding in the roller coaster of adrenalin that was Mr. Blue Train with mother shouting ” toot toot” at every passing pedestrian was enough excitement for one day!
We had to stock up the boat for our transition into Turkey, (secret code for making sure mum and Geoff had bought enough gin, ( a) we were going to be in Turkey, where alcohol is expensive to buy and b) we were going to meet up with Annabel(!!) ) but we stocked up on pork sausages and ham too…. Turkey is a Muslim country, so it’s difficult to buy pork.
Oh! And another thing which I should mention, which is in fact a disaster of un measureable proportions……………. In an attempt to increase the speed of which photographs load to this site, I ( although it was Mums idea – “yeah, Mum!”) thought it would make sense to delete the already published photographs from my WordPress media library, NOT knowing that the photos are actually hosted from the library, thus, as I deleted the picture from the library, the picture removed itself from the published post!! I know, I know! And it’s not funny!
There were nearly 1000 pictures in total, it’s going take me some time to re load them and put them all back! But I have to do it as the pictures along with the words I write are equally important in making a good article. It has been a lesson in ICT awareness and has taught me to experiment with the effect of change on a few things, before obliterating all things in one foul swoop!
I’m going to work backwards…… So, newcomers to my blog, please be patient…. Pictures will be back!