This is the first episode of our brand new adventures aboard Kejstral, our newly purchased Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i. From arriving back in Turkey after our winter break in the UK, we undertake the week long Skipper Course, before travelling down to Gocek, where Kejstral has spent the winter. We see her lifted back in the water and make preparations to sail her back home to Akbuk, on the West coast.
After months of preperation and planning, we finally set sail for the very first time. Leaving Gocek in Turkey, where we purchased Kejstral and had her winterized, we head North on the first stage of our journey to Akbuk, where she will be moored between our adventures. After a good first day, things take a turn for the worst and we are dealt a very sharp lesson in seamanship and problem solving.
In this episode we continue heading North along the West coast of Turkey where we experience 40knot winds, get boarded by the Turkish Coastguard, and enjoy the flat calm conditions of the Aegean.
Still heading North, we experience the heart stopping moment when you realise the boat isn't where you left it. We spend some time in the beautiful town of Yalikavak, and share with you Dee's special Chilli Con Kejstral (Carne) recipe.
Sailing into destinations like Torba make you realise how beautiful the East Aegean and Turkey is. We explore the bustling town of Bodrum, enjoy the best waffles in town, ride the Dolmus (Turkish bus) and get mesmerized by bow riding dolphins.
After leaving Samos we head to the beautiful Island of Patmos. Jumping on a scooter we head off around the island and explore the walled city of Chora, the Monastary, and the Cave of the Apocolipse.
If you are to ever make a bucket list, then Santorini should be high on the agenda. We take a couple of days away from sailing and Kejstral to visit this beautiful Island, with its stunning whitewashed buildings in Thera and Oia, its incredibly well preserved ancient ruins and Jaw dropping scenery. Quad bikes, scooters, coaches and cars fill the quaint tiny streets, and visitors fill the passage ways between buildings. In the small town of Oia, masses congregate at dusk to watch, and then cheer as the sun glides down over the horizon to complete an amazing sunset. Gyro's are on the menu once again, and we visit the awsome ancient city of Akrotiri, destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption and buried in ash.
Leaving Knidos in Turkey and sailing East on a run, we try out ‘Goose wing’ for the first time with very little success. Next stop Kargi Koyu where eating out gets to be a challenge, before sailing on to Bozburun, a sleepy little town with expensive restaurants, but low mooring fees! Two nights here and we are pressing on to Bozukkale, a stunning location with the clearest water we have seen so far on our travels, and ancient ruins that stand proud atop the entrance to this beautiful location. Octopus are a plenty, and the locals spend no time at all showing off their expertise at not just catching these creatures, but how to deal with their demise! We explore, swim and enjoy the Taverna here, a rare treat for us, being on this tight budget of ours, we rarely eat out, but are glad we did, the food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. If you enjoy this episode of Sailing Kejstral Adventures, please give us a thumbs up, and subscribe to our channel to follow us as we venture further around this beautiful part of the world.
We have started to realise just how lucky we are being able to sail to these beautiful places, and spend time with great friends, normally something only dreams are made of.
Kalkan lies on the Southern coast of Turkey and offers everything you could hope for from a quaint and picturesque anchorage. The town is amazing, with small pathways winding their way up the hillside and down into the harbour. The restaurants and bars come alive at night, although we did find it surprisingly quiet during the day.
Sailing East takes us to Kas (Kash), where we meet up with Lee & Larry on ‘Sea Dreams’.
Hiring a car for the day we head into the mountains to the famous ‘Saklikent Gorge’. 18km long the gorge is all but dried up, leaving a trail which we follow for around 2km.
Back in Kas, we enjoy a local ceremony, para-gliders landing on the harbour and of course the traditional ‘Beer O’Clock’.
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BIGGER is not always better!
When it comes to mooring buoys I have always assumed that the bigger it is the safer it is. After our sail from Kos to Emporious on the beautiful island of Kalymnos, we discover this is definitely not the case!
Emporious is a beautiful part of the island, but out of season we find it extremely quiet.
Moving on to the small island of Levitha once again mooring buoys cause issues. These overcome we sample the wonderful delights of the local Taverna, and are welcomed into the family’s home to avoid the cold and wind.
Fish is our choice off the menu, and what a beautiful fish it is too, (Barracuda).
This Island was chosen last year to accommodate a wind farm, but the family who run the Taverna and supply the mooring buoys, assure us this is not the case, as the Military have blocked the planning request due to the islands strategic position!
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Corinth Canal, an amazing feat of engineering and a box that required ticking on our bucket list when we began sailing. It was amazing there is no doubt, but what awaited us on our exit into the Gulf of Corinth can only be described as scary. Once over the submerging bridge and through the breakwater we were hit with a 3-4 m swell and winds gusting to 40 knots. With 2 hrs to our destination of Kiato this was going to be a very bumpy ride! Kiato is the first mainland town of Greece we will visit on this journey, and after the trauma of our passage and the horrendous time trying to moor, our first impressions were decidedly poor. The saving grace is that 1 km along the coast road there is a Lidl store! Leaving Kiato behind we head for the popular town of Galixidi, a short sail North and a sheltered town quay that gives us time to re-gather ourselves and relax.
Shipwreck Bay, Zante is famous around the world for its beauty, tranquillity and of course the remains of the cargo ship ‘Panagiotis’. Sailing with friends around the Ionian, we just have to check it out, so decide to sail into the bay and spend overnight on anchor.
What we never expected was the evening to take a very sad and fatal turn.
A visit from the Coast Guard opens a chapter of events that will stay in our minds forever.
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Sailing through the Corinth canal is a must, so being able to do it twice in just a few months was just amazing. Heading back from the Ionian to the Aegean sees us meeting up with friends, exploring the wonderful ruins at Delphi, & enjoying beautiful guitar music in Galixidi.
Sometimes there are emergencies that must be dealt with, and in Trizonia a blocked head equates to such an emergency, not a job I will rush to do again sometime soon!
This leg of our journey includes a visit to Poros & bow riding dolphins, what more could we ask for!
As we continue our Atlantic crossing we leave the lovely British stronghold of Gibraltar and head for Lanzarote. Provisioned up we set sail, all still suffering from the awful Australian flu that we seem to have brought with us from the UK. Watches are becoming more organised now, but with the sea state lively to say the least, I’m struggling with both sea sickness and a hacking cough.
My first watch alone turns out ok, and it’s great to tick that one off the list of achievements! This part of the crossing was supposed to take us all the way to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, but a miscalculation of the fuel means Lanzarote is a must.
Dee seems to be the only crew member firing on all 4 cylinders, and her medical training is so greatly accepted by all the people on board!
Topping up the tanks from canisters we find a diesel bug has taken over, but once filtered out and additive put in we are happy all is going to be ok.
Dolphins join us once again, gracefully riding the bow and performing their usual repertoire of moves.
Once moored in Lanzarote we enjoy the lovely weather and get a chance to walk around the weekly market.
Vital to every boat is good regular maintenance, especially when most of the next 9 Months will be spent at sea. Following on from refitting solar & repairing the boiler, we give Kejstral’s Yanmar 3YM30 engine a good service.
After having repairs done on the spray hood (new windows ) we manage to get this refitted too, at least now we will be able to see where we’re heading!
Just a few more, smaller jobs now, and we will be on our way!
Sailing out of Fenerbahçe Marina in Istanbul, we head first to the customs dock to check out of Turkey, before beginning the long slog against the current through the famous Bosphorus. I have never seen so much traffic on a waterway as this, with ferry’s, cargo vessels and pleasure craft all jostling for a safe passage. Crossing from side to side we get the easiest route through the channel we can, and the prize is the amazing landmarks on show such as ‘The Blue Mosque’, ‘Hagia Sophia’, ‘The Galata Tower’ & so much more!
Once through this awesome part of the world we have a steady sail through to Bulgaria, checking in at Tsrevo before reaching our final destination, The Dinevi Marina, Sveti Vlas.
Sailing out of the path of Europe’s first ever hurricane (Medicane) we land on the beautiful island of Symi. For the first time in a long time we catch some good size Tuna & visit the Archangel Michael monastery. This is all after we explore Astypalaia and the Venetian Castle of Querini , which stands proud above the picturesque village of Chora. Look out for the interesting section where two Greek ladies prepare and drink from sea urchins!
We’re back on board and at first glance all looks good, but as ever things aren’t always as they seem! Having said that, nothing can compare to the terrible season we had last year. Kejstral now has an almost new gearbox expertly rebuilt & fitted by the boys in Leros marina, so now it’s time to compliment that by giving the Yanmar 3YM30 a good service. All goes really smoothly until we realise the impeller seal is leaking along with the seawater strainer! Fitting a new Jabsco Joker valve comes next, but is overshadowed by the leaking plunger that now needs to be replaced! All these things come to try us, but a well stocked chandlers makes the job a lot easier. At least the sun is out and we can enjoy Leros in this early part of the season.
Leaving behind the uncomfortable mooring in Chios town, with its swelly harbour, loud music & noisy locals we sail the few miles up the coast to Langada. Here we get our best night’s sleep for ages before once more moving on heading north to Lesbos. On the way we are visited by a pod of dolphins twice and get some great footage of them bow riding & surfacing. In Skala Loutron we find a great place to chill for a few days & hire a car to explore this beautiful island. Don’t miss the Petrified trees and the best monastery I have ever seen they are amazing!
After dragging anchor and experiencing all kinds of issues in previous episodes, in this video we get down to enjoying the benefits of owning and sailing Kejstral in the beautiful waters of the Aegean.
Fully provisioned and catching our own fish, (Dee's first aboard Kejstral)
After spending time exploring the West coast of Turkey, we sail to Akbuk and undertake the much needed solar project. With help from our good friend Nigel, we learn how to get the job done, and then decide to spend some time enjoying the attractions, sights and sounds that this part of Turkey has to offer. We enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast overlooking the beautiful Bafa Lake, and brave the very busy, and vibrant Friday market.
We have learnt that sailing will always throw up surprises, and the tiny Island of Levitha is one of them. What we thought was a deserted large rock turned out to be a gem in the Dodecanese. With just 4 inhabitants we descover a haven for yachties, with mooring buoy's a plenty and a hidden Taverna that is home to a Donkey that will join you for dinner.
We sail from there to Amorgos in the Cyclades, and again discover a beautiful, unspoilt Island well worth a visit! From the main Town of Chora to the Monastary and beyond, there is a delight round every corner.
Sailing around the Greek Cycladese Islands this year has been amazing, what we hadn't counted on was the relentlessly high 35 to 40 knot winds! In this episode we make the difficult decision to abandon our original route, and head out of this channel of turbulent weather. After enjoying the beautiful Island of Folegandros, we make our way East back to Ios to find shelter. Wrong .... Zoe our trusty tender is overturned, and the engine submersed in even higher gusts.
The good news is we do catch a few fish, something becoming more and more difficult in this part of the world!
Click hereLeaving the beautiful bay of Bozukkale we sail East along the Turkish coastline heading for Ekincik. With the intention of exploring Dalyan and the tombs at Kaunos, we search for a river taxi that won’t rip us off! A wedding on the beach gives us a brief moment of entertainment, but with little to stay for we head onward's to Asi Koyu. It’s crystal clear waters entice us to snorkel and the tombstoner's give us plenty of entertainment. Sailing further East we navigate our way into Gocek. This is where we purchased Kejstral only 6 Months previous, but it seems a lot longer. We have learnt so much and seen so many places in this time, but Gocek has a special place in our hearts.
Catching up with EGG Yachting during the day, and sundowners with good friends Mark & Angelina Roope, make this stop one of the best so far! to edit.
So many people have recommended the area of Kekova on the southern coast of Turkey, that we just had to make the sail there. We weren’t disappointed; this part of Turkey just keeps on throwing up Gems! Anchored in Sicak Koyu we trek through the ancient ruins of Aperlae before moving on to the delightful hamlet of Ucagiz.
After exploring the town we enjoy time with fellow sailors Lee & Larry before parting ways and heading back along the coast to Nuri Beach, just east of Kas.
We are now almost at the end of our travels this year (2016) but before we winterise in Akbuk look out for episode 22 when we fall upon yet another Turkish Gem in the form of Cold Water Bay.
Continuing our sail west towards the Ionian Sea, we visit the beautiful islands of Donoussa, Paros and Kithnos. Dee finally gets to use her new straightners for the first time, now the inverter is working.
We get a fouled anchor in Paros and manage to use the underwater camera to film a very agile pod of dolphins.
Life is good aboard Kejstral made all the better with beautiful sunsets and wonderful people!
After our passage through The Corinth Canal and our traumatic overnight in Kiato, we head North across the Gulf to the small town of Galixidi. Mooring on the town quay with no cost is a bonus at this time of year, with the port Police almost horizontal in their attitude towards visiting yachts.
Next up is the small island of Trizonia, lying West of Galixidi and offering sheltered mooring in the 30 knots that always seems to be trying to slow our progress.
With rotting and sunken boats, Trizonia sounds dodgy, but actually turns out to be a little gem. Friendly islanders, open tavernas and a ferry service to the mainland make this a must stop on your way through the Gulf.
An overnight stay and it’s an early start heading for Messolonghi, but first we have to pass under the famous Rion Bridge! The longest cable stayed bridge in the world, this bridge is amazing.
Sailing around the Ionian in spring is a great time to enjoy the quiet bays & towns of this beautiful part of the world. Still with friends, Carl & Jenny we experience Argostoli at it's not so calm state, with 35 knot winds testing our resolve and keeping us on alert until the early hours.
We had been told Sivota was challenging at best, but we were shocked at how many boats dragged anchor there, our being ripped out 3 times!
We finally arrive in Malaga after a short flight from Bristol and meet our 5th crew member Loraine at the airport.
From here it’s a pretty long coach journey to where ‘Sea Dreams’ sits awaiting our arrival.
From here at Almiramar Marina, we head west to our next major stop In Gibraltar. Our first ever overnighter goes by without a hitch, but with our sick crew we are struggling to make it!
Enjoy watching as this very poorly and diverse crew gel for the first time.
Our Atlantic Crossing now takes us from Lanzarote to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria which is to be the final stop before heading to Barbados.
With no passage plan and very little care for when we arrive our thoughts are becoming increasingly troubled. I calculate that with a 96nm passage we will arrive in the early hours and in total darkness. For me this is worrying, not only because Las Palmas is a very busy shipping port, but because our Skippers abilities when manoeuvring the boat are questionable in daylight, let alone attempting to dock in the dark.
We do safely pick out way through the cargo traffic and we do manage to moor alongside the reception pontoon with little effort, but I was holding my breath on numerous occasions, just waiting for something to go wrong.
Las Palmas is a great place, and we are lucky enough to see the 2018 Gran Canaria marathon, with all the razzmatazz you would expect, with street bands, dancing and performing artists.
Our enjoyment here is overshadowed though by our increasing anxiety towards the way the boat is being run, and sometime soon we have to ask ourselves ‘ can we trust these people to carry us safely over this huge expanse of water to arrive in one piece on the other side?
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After our huge disappointment not crossing the Atlantic we are welcomed aboard ‘Indian Summer’ to crew on a delivery up to Sveti Vlas in Bulgaria. This 685nm delivery will be with our great friend Mick , Owner and Skipper who unfortunately has to leave wife ‘Pep’ behind to take care of their ailing Dalmation ‘Prince’. In this episode we cover the first few miles with little power, something we find out to be fouled propeller problems. We sail overnight from Kas in Turkey to Xerokambos on the beautiful Island of Leros, Greece.
We knew that Kejstral wasn’t performing 100%, her speed was limited both under sail and on the engine, but what we hadn’t expected was the amount of growth she had accumulated in the 2+ years since she was last anti-fouled.
Taking her out of the water was a must this year, so we opted for the special offer D-Marin in Didim were offering from the 1st of June. This is a haul out, jet wash and 10 days on the hard or in the water for the great price of 300 euro. With electricity and water included in the price this is a great time to get the job done, apart from the sweltering heat that Turkey has to offer at this time of year.
With help from great friends Andrew & Helen we soon had barnacle city scraped off, the hull polished and lots of other jobs completed.
Two coats of black International anti-foul on the main hull area & 3 coats on all leading edges including rudder, keel & bow point, gives Kejstral enough protection for another two years.
Dee and Helen brave the power polisher and give the hull a good cut and polish, while Andrew and I clean up on all the little jobs.
After we leave Symi we head SE to Rhodes the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes old town sits behind a solid stone wall with the castle as its main feature. We choose to anchor off the harbour with great friends Carl & Jenny on S/Y Dream who have been great boating buddies over the past few days.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World ‘Colossus of Rhodes’ is said to have stood over the harbour entrance here, not sure about that but who cares, it’s great history and brings thousands of tourists onto this beautiful Island.
Hiring a car we head to the pretty town of Lindos before once again setting sail, this time back to our adopted country of Turkey.
Watch to the end and learn how 2 sailors lives can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye!
After being grounded in Leros for over 2 weeks we finally get a weather window to sail North to Patmos. Final preparations complete we drop the stern lines, head out of Leros marina & join great friends Paul & Lorraine on S/Y Freya of Wight for our first sail of the season.
Night sailing is not a common occurrence around the Greek islands but every now and again we get the chance to brush up those skills. In this episode we sail over night from Inousses to Samos & are soon entertained by a pod of dolphins.
How to get, "tying stern too",completely wrong, in this episode we learn how sometimes what you think is going to be a simple task, can turn out quite the opposite. We visit the ancient ruins of Iasos, and enjoy a visit from a pod of dolphins.
So, finally after waiting for the excessive winds to die down, we head out to the Greek Islands. We leave Akbuk and head to Didim where we check out of Turkey, only once again to be delayed by the wind! One night in Didim Marina, and we decide enough is enough and we head out to Samos.
Watch as we explore this beautiful Island by car, taking in amazing sights, lovely food and great people. Fire has devastated large parts of the Island, with an on going battle to put them out!
As we make our way through the Cyclades, things constantly remind us that sailing is a never ending learning curve. Mooring stern too in a 30 knot wind, even for experienced sailors can be a trial, and go completely wrong. We were not filming at the time, and aren't able to share the panic with you, we will try harder next time!
Hundreds and hundreds of teenagers and young people fill the Islands in this episode, most of them Island hopping, on and off ferries, giving us lots to enjoy watching and amuse at.
We tour the Islands by scooter and pick out the best bits to share, such as Homers Tomb, Greek dancing and beautiful villages that really should'nt be missed!
Join us as we sail to the lovely Island of Leros in the Greek Dodecanese. For us it marks the end of our time in the Aegean this year, as we now will head South into the Mediterranean, and explore the Southern Turkish coastline. While in Leros we jump aboard another scooter and zip around the Island, stopping to enjoy the beautiful scenery and local attractions. We visit the renovated windmills the stunning castle perched high on the hill, and the famous church of Agios Isidoros.
Sometimes leaving a beautiful location can be somewhat sad, but on this occasion being able to sail alongside good friends, made our departure that bit more bearable. To end up spending two days at the awesome Yacht Classic Marina living it up with them was just amazing. Fethiye on the Southern Turkish coast offers everything we could have wanted, including great food, friendly locals and a town that comes alive at night. Yacht Classic Hotel/Marina made us extremely welcome, at a very acceptable cost. Eat in their restaurant and the price more than halves for a berth. We take a trip to the local market, and enjoy the delights of the vibrant town at night, stopping off for a traditional Turkish meal at a local eating house. We leave our good friends in Fethiye and head up to the tranquil bay of Karacaoren, where we enjoy the resident turtles swimming around the boat. Secured to the restaurant mooring buoy at no cost is great, but only after all the daily trip boats and turtle hunters have gone, before that you could say it’s somewhat hectic!
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Things don't always go to plan when sailing, and our first sail of 2017 sees us having to 'U' turn early on.
After making our way down to Bodrum to sign out of Turkey we head over to the Greek island of Kos, to update our DEPKA and formally sign in.
This all done it's a good look round the town before heading off the next day to the small island of Pserimos. From here we are supposed to make our way to Kalymnos but our solar decides to die, and we are forced to head back to Kos to get the problem sorted. This achieved with some costly new parts, it's off again, this time directly to Kalymnos.
Continuing our sail west towards the Ionian Sea, we visit the beautiful islands of Donoussa, Paros and Kithnos. Dee finally gets to use her new straighteners for the first time, now the inverter is working.
We get a fouled anchor in Paros and manage to use the underwater camera to film a very agile pod of dolphins.
Life is good aboard Kejstral made all the better with beautiful sunsets and wonderful people.
After transiting the Corinth Canal and sailing under the famous Rion Bridge we are faced with the very unusual entry to Messolonghi. Like threading a needle is how I would describe the channel that has to be navigated very carefully, becoming increasingly more hazardous the closer to the town quay you get.
A night of raucous frivolity awaited us, with teenagers in their droves racing around on scooters and in cars through until the early hours!
Ithaki on the other hand was beautiful and is where we finally meet up with Carl & Jenny (Carl & Jenny Sailing Adventures) after a 475nm trip which took us 22 days.
We sail with our new friends to the small island of Atokos where we enjoy a great day on the beach, before heading back to Ithaki. here to edit.
Sailing back East towards the Corinth Canal we visit the 3rd largest city in Greece, Patras. With a population of just 167,000 this must be the smallest city we’ve seen. As with most large populated areas it can seem a little daunting at first, with its share of beggars, street performers and traders, but we soon began to fall in love with the place. Yes its diverse and yes there is a huge amount of graffiti, but the people are friendly, kind and very accommodating.
We visit the ruined castle and take in the breathtaking views on offer from the battlements, before heading into the city for welcome refreshments and a glimpse of some very strange folk!
The marina is tired but functional, and is reasonably priced, with free electric and water. Our time here is a memorable one and apart from the fuel delivery man who tried to rip us off we would certainly recommend a visit.
Moving on from here we head to Trizonia.
Exploring the town of Chania gives us a welcome chance to stretch our legs and sample a homemade vegetable pie, compliments of the chef at our lunchtime stop.
After leaving Estepona we sail into Gibraltar and spend a few days looking around this great British stronghold. Taking the ‘Rock Tour’ we meet the famous monkeys, explore St Michaels cave and wander through the rock tunnels.
After 4 weeks at sea, and with growing concerns for our safety, we finally make the decision to walk away from this crossing. To say we are devastated is an understatement, this had been a dream not many get to experience, and it takes us a long time for it to sink in.
Before leaving Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, we head out into the hills with Lorraine (who also stepped away) to see as much of the island as we could.
Hiring a car we head south and stop off at some beautiful spots, before heading back and dropping Lorraine off at the airport to fly home.
Once back in Turkey we head straight for Kejstral, and start the exciting process of de-winterizing her and catching up on some very important projects.
After a short stay in Fourni we lift the anchor around 3am and with the wind blowing a hooly we head North to the beautiful town of Çeşme on the Turkish west coast. Having a contract with Setur certainly helps on a journey like this, we get free mooring and use of all their facilities.
The town and the main marina here are lovely, so we spend most of the day sightseeing before heading back to setur marina which just happens to be part of the Altin Yunus Hotel, with a great beach and crystal clear waters.
From Çeşme we continue our boat delivery, this time heading all the way to Istanbul, which of course means negotiating the famous Dardanelles and yet more night sailing.
The Dardanelles are narrow and include a traffic separation zone, which we plan to transit in daylight. The amount of cargo vessels through here is incredible, which is why in 1915 the allies tried to capture Gallipoli and failed miserably with somewhere around 500,000 casualties from both sides. The current through here is strong, so that combined with a head wind makes for slow agonising progress.
After the Dardanelles comes the Sea of Marmara, which was our second night sail in this 48 hour passage, and to our surprise turned out to be very quiet.
Istanbul next, and yet another Setur Marina, they have two, a posh one and a everyone else one…. Guess which one we got?
With all the hard work done we finally set sail and head South down the Turkish coastline, only to be faced with an ever increasing vibration when motoring on the engine. With the wind behind us and a following sea, we reach the lovely town of Akyarlar in no time, but we are becoming more and more concerned with this vibration the more we use the engine. After an overnight stay in Akyarlar and a further one in Knidos we reach Bozburun and immediately employ the services of a local marine mechanic to check out our Yanmar 3YM30 engine. It’s not long before the diagnosis is a bent propeller shaft, and ultimately a more serious issue that only becomes apparent once the shaft is replaced.
What a disastrous end to the season! When we thought we had seen the back of our bad luck we manage to pick up a discarded fishing net, rope and line as we enter the marina for the last time this year. Knowing we shouldn’t even be leaving Kejstral in Greece makes it all the more frustrating, all because 2 customs officials in Didim can’t read the law correctly and have turned us away! We knew it was serious the way the engine stopped DEAD, so it was no surprise when after being lifted out, the gearbox would need to be dismantled and repaired, along with a new cutlass bearing. We love Leros so despite this latest turn of events we hire a scooter and explore more of the island. Sadly we have to leave Kejstral and return to the UK for a few weeks, so she is now in the capable hands of Leros Marina!
Sailing is what it's all about, and in this episode we get it at it's best! Along the way we visit Patmos for an overnight stay, then on to Ikaria before arriving in Chios where the weather forces us to abandon our exploring.
After one of our best sails ever we arrive at the legendary home of Pythagoras (Samos) Once we have negotiated the harbour & settled in, it's time once again to explore. Ancient tunnels, monasteries & sunken statues are on the itinerary here on this beautiful island.