Nisiros to Astypalia is around 50 NMiles and
was the first time we had so wavy and very rough sea. Sometimes the front half
of Hummingbird was all in sea and waves were all on board. Sailing under this
condition was a big adventure. Baris had sea sickness and the pill made him
sleep. Finally we reached Astypalia harbor by motoring the last hour.
This island is different than Tilos and Nisiros , it looks typical Greek style
we usually see on pictures. Very narrow streets, full sea view terraced
houses, each side take you to the top of the hill where a castle and many
windmills are located. The houses especially around the castle are very old
built but mostly restorated for tourism. We met one friend from Spain but
living in France who has a nice Amel S/Y ULYS and
who crossed all North Africa and Turkey by bicycle. He and his son were
professional divers and Baris joined them in diving.
In the morning 25th of June we sailed to Vathi Bay which is located North West of the island. It is very well protected bay with light green color sea like some rivers. The land is the same as every other island which is all dry, without trees. Greek islands in general are in shortage of water. We stayed only one night in this bay.
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