we enter the bay of Sounion towards late
afternoon. Apparently, this stop is popular
with all charter crews and we count 40
yachts at the end of the day. Up by the
temple you are promised a wonderful view
of the sunset but that, of course, is also
public knowledge by now. At least four bus-loads
of tourists add to the many yachties,
and everyone pulls out their smartphone
to capture the sinking sun. Add some chill-out
music and you could picture yourself
at the Café del Mar on Ibiza…
We retreat to one of the many tavernas on
the beach, but these also lack the charm
of those on the islands. Welcome back to
civilisation. And now, all hopes rest with
the Greek wine…
THE LAST DAY
Hand-over day. This means that you must
be in a certain place at a certain time. No
time to hang around, or to follow the wind.
Which is now blowing in ideal strength and
direction. From Cape Sounion, it is around
17 miles back to base. For one last time
we can enjoy the sailing performance of
our Bavaria and when the wind drops be-low
15 knots, we feel a bit bored. Just for
fun I head towards our first overnight islet
and there is actually a wonderful “pirate
bay” in the South of Fleves, where we drop
the hook. Not far away, the chart shows a
wreck and in the clear water, it is easy to
spot. Our daughters grab the snorkelling
kit and are gone – this is something that
Mykonos does not offer.
The last miles back are nothing but rou-tine.
We are surprised to learn that Athens
had been hit by an earthquake this very
afternoon, as out at sea we felt nothing.
And that evening, in the old quarter of
Athens, you’d believe none of the news of
“thousands who had fled to the streets”.
The ancient temples are still stoically there
and the Taverna are all full to the last seat.
An earthquake? Nothing, apparently, to
shake the Greeks…
We chartered with My Yacht Charter at
Navigare Yachting, a Bavaria 46 Vision. The
Athens base of the Swedish company is
located in the Marina Alsity in Agios Ko-smas.
The former Olympic Sailing Centre
was home to the Olympic fleet in 2004.
Very efficient check-in by two persons and
administrative details are further simpli-fied
by the highly recommended All-In-clusive-
Package costing EUR 350. This
includes the deposit-insurance without
retention, as well as bed linen and towels,
CHARTER - KYKLADEN
end cleaning, snorkelling gear, tender and
outboard and a Wi-Fi-internet-mobile box
with 3 GB download.
One week is obviously much too short for
the Cyclades. Milos alone has enough bays
and places of interest to justify an entire
week. During our week we could only see
the left half of the island and had to leave
the larger islands such as Paros, Naxos
and Mykonos for the next visit. In this
cruising area, then, it seems better not to
plan too ambitiously and always have a
reserve day in case you meet the Meltemi.
My Yacht & Charter AG
CH-8001 Zurich, Phone +41 44 300 35 35
Phone +46 40 26 08 80
Text / Text: Stefan Detjen
Fotos / Pictures: Regina Detjen / Shutterstock