Today, the winds were not in our favor. Mykonos nicknamed the windy island didn’t live up to its name today so a normal 3 hour sail turned into an 8 hour sail. Our top speed was around 3 knots for the day, so we took the opportunity to take a plunge into the Aegean and enjoy the cool blue waters that nature provided. Charlene and I brushed up on some of our sailing skills while learning some new tricks.
It has been a long day of sailing, so I hope you appreciate these photos that capture the beauty of this journey towards spreading the sustainability mindset across the world from port to port.
With Love From Ellada,
Yesterday at the end of afternoon I made a rash decision to lift the anchor and leave Andros to reach Tinos on time for an early working day in the port and welcome the new additions to the team. The wind was north and would push the boat fast to the next anchorage or port. The katabatic winds blowing form the mountains of Andros and Tinos made the sailing very adventurous and I had the time to curse my bad judgment. It also gave me the opportunity for a long, high power total workout fighting the elements. Happy to end in the wee hours anchoring just south of the port of Tinos and now waiting for the wind to calm down to be able to dock. It just blew off my empty bamboo plate…
Beautiful view of Tinos and a cargo in the distance sheltering from the wind as of last night. It’s captain slept longer.
– Loucas Gourtsoyannis
After a bit of a detour from Kea, we finally arrived on Andros Island 10 hours later. Traveling emission free means we solely rely on wind power and when Mother Nature, the wind, doesn’t cooperate then we’re all at her mercy.
At Andros, we met up with Yannis Batis, who filled his shop with local products ranging from oregano to kritamo. What makes Andriakon so special is that the shop was built with mostly recycled and repurposed materials and the most important reason is that his products are made with love.
We didn’t stay too long in Andros as we had a boat to catch to Tinos but I know we would love to come back soon. – Tri Nguyen
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Yesterday evening Karystos was warm, beautiful and full of culture. I had the chance to see the post and made it to the book presentation of “The Red Seashell” that turned out to be a first class cultural event with live music poetry debate under the night sky in the old port fortress called the Bourtzi. (Pictures in this post are of the fortress by day time and the night event scene plus the bougainvillea house just across the street.)
This morning the clouds started showing on the Oxi mountain north of Karystos. We waited for the wind to start at mid day but it was capricious as usual. Nothing getting out of the Port. Then little breeze blowing on and off in all directions. Then a nice little wind took us to tip of Kafireas cape and true to its reputation it blasted us with the north wind with no warning. By now the clouds hid half the mountain and we had our 5 baufor to blow us swiftly while shaking and drenching us across to Andros in just three hours. The sky is covered, the wind blows hard on our anchoring spot, the ferries come and go and a war boat is sheltering close by. Tomorrow we will load up Andros. products.
– Loucas Gourtsoyannis
Our Aegean Cargo Sailing crew visited the Aristaios Traditional Shop on Kea, as part of researching and sharing of select island products. Five other islands and Attica are involved in this voyage, with the inclusion of retail displays of sail transported, clean-shipped goods for consumers and tourists.
(Left is Tri, to right is Valia, sporting the organization’s logo t-shirt.)
We arrived at the port of Korissia, Kea early morning to meet up with Kostis, a local farmer whom we’re buying products from.
He along with his wife Marcie, owns Red Tractor Farm where they produce organic products of wine, condiments and their farms’ speciality, acorn cookies! Kostis drove us around the island, visiting his farm, the oak forest and exploring Loulis, the island’s capital which is situated high inland for the fear of pirates. The picturesque town is filled with friendly locals whose are more than happy to share their culture and customs with us. Weary and very hungry, we ate dinner at one of Kostis’ friends restaurant who delight us with his local cuisines and charm. For the night we head all the way up on the hilly terrain where we stayed at his mother’s house and watch the sun slowly set before calling it a day.
In the matter of days the sloop Pelago will set sail from the port of Lavrio, Greece, to traverse the Greek Aegean as a freight vessel connecting communities and showcasing healthy island products from their islands of origin. Follow the winds with us as as we make port calls at the Islands of Kea, Andros, Mykonos, Ikaria, Samos (and maybe a few others too). The Greek Seas connected cultures and communities since ancient times via the force of the winds. We are now reviving this rich tradition to promote clean shipping and a smarter future for healthy products and clean maritime transport.