Our arrival in Milos was a Ian classic, his smile could be seen across the road on a rented scooter (Elvire was moored on the otherside of the island in the village of Pollonia) So it was a fast taxi to the othe side of the island, a close shave with a lost telephone and when all was back in order a Greek salade and fresh juice before setting off to find the tender sitting on the beach with it's grumpy outboard .. 🙄
Elvire 3 is an 12 m + Sloop OutreMer 43 cruising catamaran, built by the OutreMer Yachting shipyard in la Grand-Motte (close to Montpellier) in 1994 who has been across the Atlantic an few times and seems to know her way around the Cyclades.. She is fast up to 20 knots with a true wind angle (TWA) of 50° and light weight ( just over 4 tonnes) and is just asking for speed ..
"Elvire 3" had sailed many waters in her time, but there was something special about the crystal-clear Aegean Sea and the stunning Cyclades Islands .
As we were packing up and getting ready to move on to the next island, we received a surprise visit from an old friend, Captain Frankie, who had just come from a full moon party on the island of Milos, and had brought with him the festive mood and a cooler full of cold beer!
The first night is always a bit special, the general movement of the light swell sending me to sleep only to be woken by the shifts in the wind as Elvire streaches on her moorings.
As I lay there in my bunk, I couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation for the journey ahead. The creaking of the rigging and the gentle sound of the waves lapping against the hull provided a soothing soundtrack to my thoughts. I couldn't wait to set sail and explore, to experience the thrill of the wind filling the sails and the exhilaration of being at the mercy of the elements ..
I woke up to the sound of seagulls and the gentle rocking of Elvire. The sun was just starting to rise, casting a warm glow over the deck and the wind was picking up, and I could feel its breeze on my face it would soon be time to hoist the sails and set off onto open water..
The sea was silky smooth, as we rotated at the helm, navigating the shifting winds and keeping Elvire 3 on course, while at times reaching the magic "20 knots" as we passed the protection of the islands. Hours passed in a blur of sun, wind, and salt water as we snacked on fresh fruit and sandwiches, our laughter and chatter carrying over the sound of the wind and waves. As we neared Folegandros, the wind began to die down, and we eased into the small natural harbor of Karavostasis next to the Latinaki Beach. WWooww :)
The harbor of Karavostasis on the island of Folegandros is a serene and picturesque destination for sailors and visitors alike. The harbor is situated on the southeastern coast of the island and is surrounded by rugged cliffs and hillsides that rise steeply from the sea. The crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea are a vibrant shade of blue and provide a stunning contrast to the white-washed buildings that line the harbor.
Surrounding the harbor are a handful of restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and soak up the charming atmosphere of the village, tranquil and idyllic destination that captures the beauty and essence of the Aegean Sea.
But to me you have to look upwards and to the village of Folegandros, a hidden gem that captures the essence and beauty of traditional Greek island life. With its charming alleys, stunning views, and friendly locals, it's a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the island.
The village of Folegandros, also known as Chora, is a charming and picturesque destination on the island of Folegandros. Nestled on a hillside, the village is a maze of narrow alleys, white-washed buildings, and colorful bougainvillea that climb up the walls.
A must-visit is the Kastro, an impressive fortress that was once the main defensive structure of the island. The Kastro is located in the heart of the village and features a maze of narrow alleys, traditional houses, and stunning views of the sea and surrounding landscape.