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Our Wakes: 2020

Finally free: (June-September 2020)
On the first of June Terus was repaired and the authorities allowed the sailboats that were in  Greece to sail again we. As our daughterand grandchildren and partner  were going to arrive by  the 27 of June we started navigating immediately towards Athens. Was passed by many places  we had already visited, such as Meganisi, Messolongi, Trizonia Island and Galaxidi. We took the  Corinthian canal on 17 June then sailed around in the Sarronic golf. There were nearly no boats  on the water and finding a mooring for the night was really easy as everything was empty.  Unfortunately, many taverna’s were closed so we had to make sure we bought enough supplies  when we went to the shop. On 26 of June we moved to Athens to pick up the only visitors we  would have on board this year. They arrived on the 27 of June in the morning for 10 days and  had to quarantine on board for 24 hours. The afternoon when their quarantine was over, they  went to the Parthenon and were very lucky as only two other people were visiting the place. In  normal times, the Parthenon looks more like the Tokyo subway but with Covid nobody was on  the site. This made it very clear to us that the tourist season in Greece was going to be a  disaster.  The next day we started sailing and stopped above the wreck of the Aventis III, a boat that  sank near Aegina island on the 19 November 2004. The boat hit a well marked reef and sank  very rapidly. One crew member did not survive. Today the cargo lies with the propeller in the  sand 45 meters deep and the bow of the boat 7 meters deep. The visibility is quite good and  the dive is not   difficult. After the dive we moved to the harbor of Perdika on the island of Aegina to  celebrate our daughter’s birthday. The following days we had good weather, so we sailed in the  Saronic gulf visiting Poros, Ermioni, Hydra, and Monemvasia. Now it was time to return slowly  to Athens and relax a bit and let the children enjoy the sandy beaches of Poros island. While  departing Poros we saw a lot of dolphins around the boat to the great delight of the children.  The last day we had another dive on the wreck of Aventis III followed by a night in Epidauros.  Once our visitors had departed, we continued to navigate in the Saronic golf for 3 weeks as it  was really pleasant to   have nearly no boats on the sea. It was only by mid-August that the charters could resume  cruising, but only a few could manage to fill their boats with participants. The most frequent  people we met were Dutch, German, French and Italians. Nearly no English people were present  as their government had severely restricted leaving the country. We met our friends on board  of Tobale and had a couple of drinks together. We found that the best place to be isolated  from the rest of the world was to be on board where the risk of contamination was extremely  low. In the middle of August, we passed through the Canal to return to the Ionian islands  where many of our friends had started sailing in July. As the number of boats was still  reduced, we could visit places we had not visited before such as Kastos, a little island with a  little harbor that normally is full but this time it wasn’t. We also stopped in Myticas, a harbor  on the continent were a lot of supply boats come to collect supplies form the islands. Normally  not many pleasure boats come and only 10 berths are available for sailing yachts. Once again  when we arrived there were still some empty slots. Every morning the fishing boats unload  their catch of the night before, mostly sardines.   We also went south of Lefkas island into the harbor of Vasiliki. This place is well known  tosurfers as in the afternoon a strong wind blows along the coast much to the delight of kite  surfers and  board sailors. In one of the restaurants, we saw a notice indicating that Ernest  Hemingway, a famous US writer who earned the Nobel price, had stayed there at the invitation  of the Greek fishing federation. He was at that time the international president of the fishing  federation and went there to catch dolphins. I am not sure if this would be acceptable today....  As the weather was good, we rented a motorbike to visit the western coast of Lefkos island  and were fascinated by the landscape where many white cliffs were visible. The next day with  Terus   we were even more impressed to see the cliffs from the sea. At some places it was clear that  the cliffs were falling into the sea indicating that the sea and the island are fighting against  each other, but over time the sea will undoubtedly win. Vathy on Itake island was the next  place we went to. This is the place where in 1,200 BC,according to Homer, Ulysses started his  journey to Troy. Peneloppe was during that time waiting for his return despite the numerous  advances she received from other men. In the center of Vathy there is a statue of Ulysses  that reminds you of his role in Greek mytthology. While we were in Vathy, on the 13 of  September, we started to worry  about the weather forecast as certain  models seemed to  indicate that the weather was going to severely deteriorate . Soon It  became clear that on 16 and 17 September, Ianos, a Medicane (Mediterranean hurricane) was  going to hit the islands of Cephalonia, Itake and Zachintos. Winds were forecast to reach 60  knots. Without hesitation we decided to move northwards to the Preveza marina where we  could safely put the boat.  It was the right decision as the forecasts were correct.  Unfortunately, some boats did not seek shelter and around 70 boats sank due to the hurricane.  Most of the damage was in Cephalonia island were the harbors of Asos and Effimia as well as  Friskardo were very badly hit. Winds went up to 50 knots and 3 people died due to Ianos. For  us it was a very sad feeling as we had been in those places a couple of days before and now  everything was destroyed. This kind of hurricane is now more and more frequent in the region  and many people say that global warming is to be blamed. For us the season was coming to an  end as it was time to prepare the boat for the winter. We also started to have problems with  our gearbox and did not want to sail much with a gearbox that was difficult to engage in  forward. On the 10 of October Terus was pulled out of the water for the winter. As our return  flight was booked for the 22nd of October, we took the opportunity to visit the region of  Meteoras located inland. 
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