Paddlers: Rod and Julie, Julian and Theresa (assistant guides from Deganwy), Richard and Sarah (all doubles), Travis, Catherine, Mike, Jo, Paul
Some katabatic downdraught made for entertaining sections but mostly protected
from the Northerly wind by the cliffs. Kleftico very quiet when we got there as the tour boats were not leaving Adamas due to the wind.
Good lunch on the 'new' ledge with jumping, swimming, snorkelling and a fair amount of photography.
Bit of a long slog back particularly for Catherine, and as we learned later for Richard who
(occupying the back seat of a double) had had enough salt water thrown in his face to last (what a way to spend your honeymoon). Travis toughed it out to the end with Mike & Jo cruising.
Lots of Eleanora's Falcon hunting from the cliffs.
'Usual' crossing from Pollonia - waves probably not as big as 2 years ago, but the gusts were stronger, and it took Catherine and I a little time to really get the double working well. Julian
claimed that he had towed someone all the way across, but we did not spot this.
Wind N6 Gusting 7 Later 5/6
Paddlers: Rod & Julie, Catherine & Paul (in doubles), Scott, Martin, Julie, Mike, Jo, Julian
Still fairly hard work all the way up the coast to the port (Psathi), with a nasty little patch just as we turned in (32 knots on the wind meter). Cafe owner incredulous, particularly when he heard that we had come from Pollonia rather than just down the coast (we think Rod gets him to put on a little act just to make us feel better!). A banana and iced coffee saw us right for a quick headwind section (still going North ish) before a run down to the islands.
Rafted up briefly before the ferry made an appearance
Plenty of time to make it to the lunch spot with some surf assisted travel.
Lunch on Agh. Efstathios
Agh. Efstathios is a brilliant spot that really epitomises this sort of sea kayaking.
The crossing back to the mainland of Kimolos was straightforward with everyone under their own steam, and it was a quick run down the coast before lining up with Hermit rock for the return crossing to Milos. Catherine and I cruising once we had the double pointing exactly right, with a slightly more exciting finish than intended as we had forgotten about the rock near the harbour entrance.
Rolling practice on the way to the Sulphur Mines, with 3 rolls in a row to finish.
Wind N5 gusting 6, later 6 gusting 7
Paddlers: Rob & Rachel, Carol & Steve, Keith & Ann (in doubles), Rod, Julian, Theresa, Catherine, Paul
Everyone made it to the Sulphur Mines...
...with most going on to the 'Grandfather Cave'
Waves ok, but some of the wind was quite fierce in gusts
Catherine and some others jumped off the gantry
Lunch under the bridge on one of Rod's fine tables. Should have been an easy return trip but the downdraught was quite strong at times including flipping one of the doubles. Traditional headwind finish at Paliochori beach.
North coast trip from Firopotamos to the Akradia islands...with Catherine and I making it only 2 years later than planned (very rough crossing two years ago)
Wind forecast N4 but actually only 2-3, dropping later to force 1-2
Paddlers: Rod, Julie, Catherine, Paul, Ola, Derek, and the Italian opera singers (in a double)
Julie racing the ferry on the journey across open water
Arriving on Akradia for lunch
Good lunch on Akradia in enlarged cave on marble table and wooden benches
Climbed up the hill to visit the church...
...and then further up to the lighthouse, which has a marble staircase leading to its crumbling top and the light enclosure. Saw dolphins from the top, but much as our opera singers tried they did not seem to understand Italian.
Easy paddling all day with singing Italians (you always knew where they were), snorkelling (2 jelly fish stings, 1 sea urchin thorn), jumping and swimming.