Sailing Journal - Kos, Greece
Holiday details: Bavaria 50 Cruiser for a 1-week charter from Kos, Greece - July
Supplied by Jonathan Shears, Nautilus Yachting
Day 1 - Gatwick to Kos
We flew Easyjet out of Gatwick at 14:40 and extra legroom seats (£8 each way) went down very well. The flight took around 3hrs 45 minutes and we were welcomed by a beautiful sunset as we touched down in Kos. We had pre-arranged transfers (€110/minibus each way) which took 35 minutes and dropped us off at our pier within the marina. As I knew we wouldn’t arrive until 10pm I had organised some pre provisioning in advance, which was well worth it. We were a crew of 5 and our shopping bill came to €250 and apart from the odd loaf of bread and slice of ham this was everything we needed for the week. Kos has a fairly new marina with excellent facilities and plenty of showers and WCs, restaurants and bars. It is far enough away from the noise of the Kos town but near enough to walk to if you want more choice of restaurants or lively bars.
Day 2 - Kos to Pserimos (13nm)
After a leisurely breakfast in the marina we sorted out the yacht papers which were taken to the port police for the final rubber stamp and then delivered to our yacht. While waiting for the yacht papers I went through the inventory and was given a thorough check in by the base staff. Kos gives you such a vast choice of sailing routes and islands to visit. I decided to sail north of Kos to the bay of Ormos Pserimos which is on the SW side of Pserimos island. As the quayside mooring looked a bit shallow we anchored in the bay. There are a couple of tavernas on the beach and the bay was very protected.
Day 3 - Pserimos to Kalimnos (9nm)
After a morning swim we set off for the town of Kalimnos, the centre of sponge fishing in the Med. The winds had picked up to force 4/5 but the sailing was excellent. Kalimnos has marina facilities which cost around €30 (+ €20 deposit for electric key). However we just moored up on the quayside without using shore power so there was no charge. There were plenty of restaurants to choose from. Eating out cost us about €20/person for 2 large beers, amazing starters and a main course. After dinner we explored the town and picked up a refreshing ice cream. If you want to buy a sponge as a souvenir then this is the place.
Day 4 - Kalimnos to Xerokambos (22nm)
As we had been taking it fairly easy we decided to stretch our legs and sail up to the island of Leros. Although there wasn't much detail about the cove of Xerokabos in the Greek Waters Pilot it looked protected from the winds for an overnight stay. After an excellent sail and a choice of bays for lunchtime swims we arrived at Xerokambos around 16:00hrs. We were pleasantly surprised that the bay had laid moorings and after a couple or 6 attempts we successfully picked up a mooring. These laid moorings are free as long as you go ashore to eat in the tavernas. The tavernas also had dinghy docks which made life very easy. Having an outboard for the dinghy in this area is very useful if you plan to anchor overnight in a bay.
Day 5 – Xerokambos to Lakki Marina (4nm + 6nm)
As the wind had picked up we sailed to the nearby bay of Pandeli on the NE coast of Leros and anchored for lunch before sailing to Lakki Marina. Lakki Marina is very well protected and a full service marina with shore power, water and large shower and WC block - marina fee is €30 (+ €20 deposit for the electricity key). The town of Lakki is famous for its spectacular Art Deco buildings and it was great to see some of them being restored to their original glory. Again plenty of choice of restaurants and bars. We could have spent a day in Lakki as car/bike hire is readily available and there were castles and underground WWII bunkers to visit.
Day 6 – Lakki Marina to Kalimnos (27nm)
We left Lakki Marina fairly early and enjoyed a great downwind sail in winds around Force 4. We stopped off in the bay of Emborios which again had laid moorings but each one belonged to a taverna ashore to encourage you to visit that particular taverna. We had always planned to go back in to Kalimnos as we enjoyed it so much but we could have stayed here overnight and enjoyed this pleasant bay. After a couple of hours swimming we headed for Kalimnos and enjoyed another lively night in town.
Day 7 - Kalimnos to Kos (20nm)
Another great downwind sail back to Kos, getting the yacht up to 12 knots. On arrival at Kos we went to the fuel dock which is just outside the marina and is large enough for 3 yachts to refuel at the same time. Our fuel bill was €90 for 1 week. On entering Kos marina we called up on channel 77 and a pilot rib came out to guide us back in to our berth. Once we were docked the base manager did the check out and a diver was sent down to check the hull and rudder.
Day 8 – Kos to home
As the yacht was to be delivered to Rhodes for its next charter we did have to be off the yacht at 09:00hrs. The nearby Kos Bay Hotel has day rooms at around €30. As our flight wasn’t until the evening we used the hotel as a base and walked in to town for lunch. The pickup point for the transfer back to the airport was at the same pier it dropped us off at and everything went very smoothly.