Barry's Blog #100 - One mission - Two objectives

This is blog #100 that's a milestone because it's a nice round number. It also means that despite some of the challenges we've had getting Internet connection, I've managed to successfully bring you a blog every Friday on schedule for almost 2 years. I might celebrate with an extra ration of rum! Or beer.

Mainland or bust

After waiting out the Meltemi wind for 4 days at the Greek island of Kythnos we finally had a window of opportunity to make a run for mainland Greece and by 08.15 on Sunday 8th September 2019 we had the anchor up and were looking forward to the 5 hour trip that would get us to the bay at Sounion.

Sounion Bay, mainland Greece

As usual there was a mixed bag of wind and at one point in the journey we had 15 knots that allowed us to have both sails out which powered us along at a respectable 5.2 knots of speed. Of course the good wind didn't last too long and we had to use the motor to get us the last half hour to our anchorage.

The bay at Sounion is very popular for several reasons. For charter yachts from the Athens area heading out on their holiday it is the perfect distance for a first day of sailing (or motoring). Conversely when the charter yachts are returning it's also a good final overnight stop before they return to Athens at the end of their holiday.

As an anchorage it has lots of space, good holding, is mostly protected from the prevailing wind but it can get a bit rolly as bow wave swells come into the bay from passing ships and ferries.

Temple to Poseidon

The big draw card for Sounion is however the magnificent temple to Poseidon which sits high atop the hillside at one end of the bay. As yachties we had to go there and make a gift offering to the god of the sea (also the god of earthquakes and horses). But that wasn't going to happen this time around and would have to wait until our next visit to the bay.

The Mantus mission

To make our budget stretch further we stay away from marinas and town quays where there are fees to tie up. With that in mind we invested heavily in our anchor which is what we rely on to keep A B Sea safely in one spot under most weather conditions.

Our anchor is let down or hauled up by the windlass which lives in the locker at the bow, that's its only job in life and it does it very well. What the windlass is not designed to do is keep hold of the anchor chain once we've settled into our anchor spot. Rough bouncy waves combined with the 9.6 tonnes (dry weight) of A B Sea could potentially rip the windlass out of the deck and that would be a disaster.