Aannsha’s Blog #183 – Mainsail jammed as we anchor!

Updated: Jun 19

Leaving Asin Koyu

We had a 23 nautical mile journey ahead of us to get from Asin Koyu to the big bay of Yalikavak, where we had a choice of two anchorages. At 9.25am the weather was mild, there was a slight haze and the 3 knots (true) wind meant the sea was calm as we motored out of the bay.

We passed a few tankers on the way out of the bay and Baz reflected on when we passed one in Greece as we went south from Porto Rafti to Sounion. That day, it looked as if the tanker was anchored, but as we soon realised after we got several very loud hoots from its very large horn, it had begun to make way. With it fast increasing its speed, if we continued on our course, we would have been cut in two! Baz made a quick decision and hurled A B Sea hard to starboard, making a 90 degree turn. We passed close along the tanker’s port side and made sure we kept well clear of its very large props astern, in awe of its massive proportions.

As we approached the bow of one of the tankers in Asin Koyu’s large bay, Baz (who had learned a lesson in Greece), highlighted it on our AIS so he would know if it began to move. He also kept an eye out for smoke coming out of its exhaust stack and for water gushing out of the freighter’s bow. That would indicate they were upping anchor, and washing the salt water and mud off the chain with fresh water.

This time we passed uneventfully and continued our passage to Yalikavak.

The wind increases to 26+ knots

Baz had decided on taking the route on the outside of the island around the headland, to make the most of the available wind, and get the sails out. Well, we got plenty of wind! With both sails out reefed, we turned off the engine and enjoyed 6 knots of speed.

Two fish farms were in front of us and Baz decided to ‘thread the needle’ between the two farms. It was a big needle and we made it through without incident.

Mainsail jams – can we free it?

Just after 12pm we had made it around the headland and were making our way towards the anchorages opposite Yalikavak. All was going well and we brought in the headsail. That was fine. We then got in position to bring in the main. The first thing I noticed was a painful squeaking sound as Baz made a few turns of the winch.