Start 2022: Where has all the water gone? (April - May 2022)

Our Wakes: 2022

The 2022 season started on the 15 of March when we returned to the boat in Kalamata, south  Peloponnese. Our plan was first to take Terus out of the water and do some maintenance work.  According to our plan it would take one month On our list of things to do we had replacing two  seacocks, applying a new layer of antifouling as well as some gelcoat repairs. All this work required  Terus  to be out of the water, but the water level was too low at that time of the year, April,  so  we could not do those jobs while  Terus was in the water. Due to a combination of factors, the  water level was 50cm lower than normal. From the beginning of the year there was a long period of  high atmospheric pressure, a lot of northerly winds and when we arrived the moon was full. We  needed at least 2m 30cm of water  to take Terus out of the water, but there was only 1m 90cm  under the travel lift. We waited for 3 weeks but the water remained low. Luckily, while Terus was  in the water, after inspecting the antifouling and the propeller,  we concluded  that the boat was  clean enough for the new season. Other boats that had been out of the water for the winter were  less lucky and had to wait until the beginning of May to be put back in the water. On the 15 of  April at 3 am we left the marina and headed Eastwards to Elafonisos, an island close to Cap Malea  at the end of the Peloponnese. As the conditions were excellent, we decided not to stop at  Elafonisos but to continue on to Monemvasia, 2 hours away. Soon after our arrival in Monemvasia, a  couple of fisherman who we know very well advised us to go a few miles North to the port of Gerakas for a  couple of days. Given the weather forecast, they informed us that some rogue  waves were  on  their way from Crete and would very likely go over the breakwaters. We followed their advice and  returned three days later to Monemvasia. When we returned, several people in the harbor showed  us  how big the waves were that went over the breakwater. Beside it there was some camping that  was hit by the waves was written off by the insurance. As the northerly wind continued to blow,  we decided to visit the area close to Cape Malea. The first place was the cave of Castania   close to the city of Neapolis. This cave was recently discovered by a shepherd who noticed a  crevasse in which there was a bee-hive. Upon looking more closely, he discovered a huge cave full  of stalagmites and stalactites. The guide to the cave showed us a place were there is some ash  from a fire, but it has not yet been dated. Whether the cave was occupied early on during the  Neolithic Age, like many other caves in the Peloponnese, is unknot yet known.After the cave, we  moved closer to Cape Malea. In various places you can see numerous fossil ferns, as well as sea  stars and shells. For us who normally fear the Cape it was a revelation that the place is worth to  visit. 
Monemvasia Castania Cave Home Our Wakes Current Position Our Friends Preparation Statistics Contacts us Site Francais Top of this Page Previous Page Next Page