Aannsha’s Blog #93 – Gifts from Poseidon on way to Ios

We left Amorgos at 11am on Wednesday the 3rd of July and headed for Upper Koufanisi which was 13.5nm to our north west. It was a sunny day but there was little wind so we motored, getting 6.5 knots of speed.

A Free Step Fender!

On the way I spotted something white in the distance. We weren’t sure if it was a fender or a piece of polystyrene but we headed over to check it out. Armed with a boat hook I stood at the bow and to our happy surprise it turned out to be a fender! I managed to hook it using the short piece of rope that was attached to it and I was happy to discover it was also fully inflated! The shape of it lent itself to be used as a step fender which was pretty neat because our old one had a crack in it and had completely deflated.

Saying many Thank You’s to Poseidon and the universe, I replaced the old step fender with this one. What a great start to the day!

We dropped anchor at 2.10pm in the lovely NE bay on the island and the anchor dug firmly into the sand at 6m depth in crystal clear water. This anchorage reminded me of the Spanish Balearic island of Formentera because it was so busy. There were regular small ferries bringing people to and from the jetty and there was a popular taverna on the beach. By the evening most of the boats had gone and we settled down for the night. But there was a very slight swell at right angles to A B Sea and we had a bit of a rolly night. Neither of us slept much and we upped anchor early the next day - around 8am.

Just like that we were on our way to Ios! We visited Ios on our way from Spain to Turkey last year and I remembered how much I’d liked the Village (old town). We’d had a pretty hair raising experience getting into the bay that time around because we’d been caught out in suddenly increasing strong winds (35 knots) north of the island and Baz had a hard time furling in our large headsail.

We didn’t want a repeat of that experience so this time when Baz noticed the sea state showing an increase in wind from the 20 knots to 30 knots, he decided to reef in the headsail so we wouldn’t be overpowered going around the west side of the island.

Furling line gets jammed

Unfortunately, the furling line, (which we’d been keeping an eye on because its outer sheath was fraying), got bunched up behind the jammer when the sheath separated from the main core. And we were heading into stronger winds!

Fortunately though, I’d had a strong ‘message’ from my intuition that morning which had led me to reading the RYA handbook on how to tie a rolling hitch knot. The conversation in my head had gone something like this:

Little Inner Voice (LIV): Can you remember how to tie a rolling hitch?

Me: Err, not sure, why would I want to do one of those?

LIV: If the furling line frays you might need to use one.

Me: I think I can remember how to tie one.

LIV: If you need to do a rolling hitch, it’s usually in an emergency (to support another line). Would you regret it if

you didn’t remind yourself how to tie one?