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NEW STYLE CLASSES FOR 2021 SEASON

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NEW COURSES FOR 2021.


Hello to every one,

2020 has not been a good year for all. At the Athens sailing school, we have had a challenging year, but we are still here and in business.  Next year plans to be different, we should have an active vaccine that will go along way to negating the virus. It a new year so all things are possible.

As a result of recent changes in the ASA licensing requirements, we have changed how we offer our classes for next year. To view the ASA changes please access our update here…

The school will offer 2 types of classes a 1-week crew certification class and our popular 10-day Bare-boat Skippers license. You must be aware that you need to progress through the syllabus to get to the Bareboat Skippers qualification. All requirements of the licensing requirements should be met before you apply to take the bareboat Skipper license.  This means that after you have passed the Crew Certification you must have completed the 500 nautical miles portion of the requirement before you can apply for the next level.

CREW CERTIFICATION.   1 week course.

ASA 101 + ASA 103:  Course topics for these modules are as follows:-

  • Basic Sailing Terminology
  • Identify and describe the functions of all sails, sail parts, and sail controls.
  • Explain using diagrams the following manoeuvres, points of sail, and other terms.
  • Navigation Rules
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Safety Gear
  • Equipment Safety Procedures
  • Sailing
  • Crew Overboard
  • Knots

ASA103 certification requires a demonstration of ASA101 knowledge and skills standards.
ASA recommends a minimum of 24-40 sailing hours before undertaking ASA 103.

Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet in length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety, and seamanship.

This course is conducted in one week with 2 written exams of 100 questions. You need to score 80% or better for each exam.

Bareboat Skippers License.   This is run over 10 days.
ASA 104 + ASA 105.

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) certification.

ASA 104 certification requires a demonstration of ASA 101 and ASA 103 knowledge and skills standards. ASA recommends a minimum of 500 nautical miles before undertaking ASA 104.

Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if the course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. The course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

General Description: Able to demonstrate the practical and theoretical navigational skills required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard however practical application of Sailing Knowledge is required to safely sail a vessel in Coastal and inland waters.

2021 SAILING SCHOOL SEASON.

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ASA CLASS CHANGES AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS.

We would like to announce changes in how the ASA licensing for Bare-boat Skipper and Competent crew certification will operate the next year 2021.

The ASA now requires a step between Modules  ASA101+ASA103. This is to ensure that the student has the requisite experience before proceeding on to a licensed Bare-boat Skipper.  Students and beginners are required to take the Crew certification modules and pass both exams with a score of 80% or more.  To then proceed to the next level students are required to sail a total of at least 500 nautical miles and have the miles certified in their logbooks by a licensed Skipper.

Once a student has logged the required miles he can apply for an ASA bare-boat  Skippers class. The Athens Sailing Academy is running the ASA 104 plus the ASA 105 classes together.  The school offers 2 classes designed to meet these new criteria.

  • Competent Crew Certification.

The school offers ASA 101+ASA 103 taught in a 1-week course. The certification will take you from novice to a competent crew member ale to help any skipper on day sails to offshore sailing. You will learn nautical terminology, points of sail, rules of the road, come to understand basic yacht systems as well as become a good helmsperson. Navigation and course-plotting are explained and you will be able to plot and enter courses on charts, as well as understand GPS navigation.

  • Bare-boat Skippers certification.

The school offers ASA 104+ASA 105 taught over a 10-day course. Once you have completed your initial 500 qualifying miles you will have a good amount of experience and be ready to progress to Skipper’s responsibility. The ASA 104 course will take you into more advanced topics of sailing.  You will learn about international sailing and the requirements of registration and Marine law. The course cover s advanced diagnosis of yacht systems from Plumbing problems to electrical and mechanical problems. We combine this course with the advanced navigation course ASA 105. This course covers all your requirements to master coastal navigation and get a feel for offshore and ocean navigation.

GREECE TO RE-OPEN AFTER COVID19 LOCK-DOWN.

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Hello to every one,

The current Global pandemic has us all concerned for our safety and health.  Your countries government will have issued various conditions and restrictions to combat the Virus. Here in Greece, we have had a very successful response to the virus. The government put the country in house lockdown on March 15 and evening curfew on March 30.

The country has spent 8 weeks in a house/lockdown and will be starting to emerge from the restrictions on May 4. It will take a long time to restore most of the country’s economy. However, things will unlikely to be the same again. The government has issued a multi-stage plan to re-open the country and re-start tourism. So that you can make plans and figure out when it is best for you to join us here in Greece or to rebook your holiday, we will outline the government’s plans below.

It should be understood that all dates and plans are provisional and not guaranteed. All this can change should a new outbreak occur or any new/ increase with Covid19 virus infection rates happen.

  • May 4 – Initial restrictions are lifted. No more evening curfew. No more SMS permission to leave the house. Small stores to reopen. Limited public transport available. Government employees return to work. Office workers return to work. No person to move around the country without paper permission. Social distancing must be observed.
  • Before May 30. – Most Stores now open including malls and shopping centers. Public transport on a limited regular schedule. Large hotels to open after inspections for social distancing restriction inspections. Museums open.
  • Before mid-June. – Airport to re-open to limited flights from EU countries only. Exceptions will be Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, France; these countries will be reviewed as per their national restrictions form the end of June.
  • July – Some tourist hotels on the mainland to re-open after inspections for social distancing restriction inspections.
  • Mid-July – Domestic ferry services to reopen to some islands after inspections for social distancing restriction inspections. Some island to re-open with social distancing.
  • End of July some island harbors re-open to limited traffic. International flights to resume on a select country basis only.

 

These are the current plans from the government to slowly reopen the country. There are many more finite conditions attached to each main event that we have not gone into, so if you have a question please email us for more detailed clarification.

Thank you.

Jonathan Chandler

Athens Sailing Academy

Greece.

GREECE’S REFUGEE CRISIS

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Hello to all visitors, you have reached the Athens Sailing Academy web page. The school is located in Greece. The summer Headquarters are on the Island of Poros, about 35 miles south of Athens.
Greece is a country in crisis, and has many issues to overcome. Of late the biggest problem are the refugees that are fleeing from the Syrian war. They are seeking a better life in Northern Europe and transit though our country on their way North. Unfortunately countries on their route have decided to block the borders they must cross. Which means that the refugees have become trapped in Greece.

 
The routes that they use are from the Turkish coastline across the Aegean to the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Chios. These islands east of Athens, lie in the Dodecanese group, some 350 nautical miles from Athens and 400 miles from Poros. Refugees are processed on these islands and then shipped to Athens, to camps outside Athens, and mainly in the north of Greece. During this time they are under strict supervision. They are not to be found on the Greek islands we visit, nor are they found in the areas that the school operates.
The school operates in the Saronic and Argolis gulfs as well as along the southern Peloponnese coast. A long distance away from Athens. If you have any reservations about coming to Greece because of the current Refugee crisis please contact us and we will be happy to discuss and assure you that your holiday will be safe and a wonderful experience

ASA SPRING FLOTILLA….. MAY 28 – JUNE 4

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ASA SPRING FLOTILLA….. MAY 28 – JUNE 4

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In May 2016, on Memorial day weekend the Athens Sailing Academy is hosting an ASA Spring Flotilla that will sail in the Argolis and lower Saronic Gulfs. We are one of premier sailing school Greece, and regularly run Flotilla’s. The yachts will visit the ports, of Ermioni, the port of Astros, the ancient city of Nafplion, the birth place of King Leonidas, Leonidio and the island of Hydra.

The Sailing school is located on the island of Poros, a short ferry ride from Athens (45 mins). Join us as we set off from the island of Poros, on May 28th. We will set off on the first day and sail the Hydra channel before finishing the day in Ermioni. The following day we will head south to the Argolic gulf where the winds are a constant 15-20 knots. Here in the gulf we will visit the village of Astros, before heading the next day to Nafplion and enjoy the scenery and ancient history of the area. Our final port will be Leonidio the birth place of King Leonidas the king of the Spartans.  We have a selection of Jeanneau class yachts, all of which are less than 2 years old. You can charter a small 30 footer for 2 or join a slightly larger yacht and make a mixed group or form your own group and charter one of the brand new 40 footer.  You can reserve a yacht as a whole party, or join a mixed party yacht. We have all sizes available from 32 ft. to 43 ft.

 

CONTACT US AT :- information@athenssailingacademy.com ,

or go to …  www.asa.com for details.

ASA SPRING FLOTILLA ROUTE

FLOTILLA ROUTE IN THE SOUTHERN PELOPONNESE

Nafplion_Bourtzi

Nafplio Bourtzi Island Castle

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Leonidio port

MONASTRY LEONIDIO

MONASTERY  LEONIDIO

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AEGEAN RALLY 2015 …JULY 15-25

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AEGEAN RALLY 2015

JULY 15 – 25..

10 DAYS TRAINING AND RACING IN THE GREEK ISLANDS.


Yacht racing has for a long time been a sport that has challenged the masses. For many years it has been the sport of the rich and famous. However, today it is possible to charter a fully equipped race yacht and go racing. That’s assuming you know all about the racing rules and racing sail techniques , such as spinnaker trimming and head sail changes.
This summer we will be offering the chance to learn all about racing and then to compete in a one week races series around the Greek islands. The Aegean Rally has for many years been the pinnacle of Greek Offshore racing. In 2015 the route of the Rally will comprise two islands, Andros and Skyros with particular emphasis on safe harbour mooring conditions and comfortable accommodation facilities. Local transportation will ensure plenty of oppurtunites to explore the islands after racing.
The organizing committee recognized the problem of uneven racing  of the many different types of vessels participating in the Aegean Rally, so this year classes will take different paths for three categories of vessel( PERFORMANCE , RACING & CRUISER/ RACER ).

 The race schedule includes 3 distance races of 80, 60 and 70 miles plus a day of inshore around the buoys races on Sykros island. On each island there will be opportunities to explore the island as well as attend local events sponsored by the community. The A.S.A along with the Athens Sailing School is offering the opportunity to participate in the event. 10 days, 3 days of training on the race yacht on Poros Island and then 7 days of racing in the Aegean Rally. The berth rate will included, the above plus accommodation ashore when not sailing, all meals on board the yacht while sailing, entry fee, crew uniforms and  Crew passes all Race events. 
If you would like to join the crew please contact us for details and berth rate, advanced booking is required so that we can secure advanced accommodation on the islands.
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Hi, We like to send our Customers News about next seasons Sailing course Dates and new ‘Sailing Adventure Opportunities “, we look forward to seeing you sail with us in the Greek Islands next summer.Our mailing address is:

Athens Sailing Academy

Kallifrona St 60-62
Kipseli

Athens,Attica11364

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2014 Fall Mile Builder review

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Our 2014 Fall Mile Builder was an adventure in Miles and rough weather, Jason and Alex Goldberg offer their review

STORM TACTICS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO A SALTY OLD BN…

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I’m 57 years old, and have been sailing for most of my life, Royal navy, Ocean racing, 4 times across the Atlantic under sail, 2 times across the Pacific and once down south as far as 56 degrees south. I’ve only been scared at sea four times. By scared, I mean worried that I wouldn’t see dawn. Three of those episodes involved major gales with opposing ocean currents. The fourth was a different combo — a major storm combined with a jammed sail. We made it through that last one, but it was stressful.

sailing offshore

I’ve been miserable for week-long stretches.
This isn’t to say I haven’t been worried or uncomfortable at other times. I have been, truly. In fact, I’ve been miserable for week-long stretches. But misery is my middle name. Offshore sailors have to be stoic.Suffering is just part of the mix. I like to think of the experience as an organic social strainer that naturally weeds out the bozos, landlubbers, and dirt dwellers who are better off hugging a rock.
The reasons I am not scared offshore are many. One of the chief reasons is that I’m not scared of death. I fear dying in some uncomfortable, prolonged way, true. But everyone dies. It’s part of life. Change is our only constant, and death is the ultimate change. I view death as really just a scheduling conflict: you might want to croak off on a Saturday so you get one more Friday night beer-blast in, but God might send you off on a Wednesday morning. There’s no shame in death; only in not living while alive.
If I knew that sailing offshore would kill me, would I continue?
My life’s goal is freedom. My boat is the ultimate tool to achieving that lofty goal. On the outset of my first circumnavigation, on the lip of the Eastern Pacific, I thought about the 3,200 miles of empty ocean before me. I asked myself: If I knew that sailing offshore would kill me, would I continue? My answer surprised me. It was an unqualified “Yes!”
The life I lead is so intoxicating and riveting and free and fulfilling that I’d gladly sacrifice all my tomorrows for another one or two minutes of today. I’m in the moment, and it is a very, very nice moment.

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I do not ‘hope for the best’ and pray I’ll be okay. Instead, I prepare for the worst.
If sin exists, this is it. But the ‘death thingy’ is only a small part of my offshore philosophy. I’m seldom scared at sea because I work hard to be prepared to survive the conditions I’ll encounter. Most disastrous voyages begin at the dock with a lack of foresight and preparation. I do not ‘hope for the best’ and pray I’ll be okay. Instead, I prepare for the worst. This gives me a level of self-confidence and serenity that others may lack.
Let’s take a peek at anchoring, for instance. Anchoring is the bedrock skill of the coastal sailor. I have over $10,000 invested in having my anchor hold. Many people find this amount excessive, while I, frankly, find it paltry. I spend the vast majority of my cruising life “on-the-hook.” What’s more important than having my anchor hold to a person such as myself? That’s why I have five anchors, a 250-foot chain rode, four 200-foot Nylon rodes, an anchor windlass, and various other bits to ensure my vessel stays put. The concept is simple: I should be able to safely and dependably anchor my vessel at will, given a decent bottom (sand or mud) and appropriate depth. If any vessel can hold, I should be able to hold. Thus, I mouse my shackles, rig my chafe gear, and juggle my chain claws with a clear and definable goal — to maintain position while others drag.
Shore is the danger, not the open sea.
Yes, I have three different anchor snubbers aboard. Yes, all this gear costs money and takes up space. But that’s is the price of admission in Minerva Reef, Beveridge Reef, and Chagos, locations where we regularly anchor in horrible weather conditions for months at a time. The other reason I’m not worried at sea is because I’m away from shore. Shore is the danger, not the open sea. I like to think I’m always the first sailor to leave an exposed anchorage before it turns into a lee shore. I’m proactive. I crank up. I move. My job is easier offshore. While sailing in deep ocean, I have many options as a storm approaches. First and foremost, I reduce sail. This is the primary difference between an inshore sailor and an offshore veteran — the seasoned veteran always has the correct amount of canvas up. (Yes, we still say canvas in this Age of Dacron.)
My current vessel, a sturdy 57 foot ketch, is a delight in a blow. As the wind increases, I roll up the genoa while unrolling the storm staysail. Then, as the it increases more, I tuck in a single reef, a double reef, and finally I douse my mainsail, hoisting my storm trysail.
Usually, it isn’t the storm gear that saves a vessel from floundering. It’s the experience of her crew.
With my flat-cut storm staysail, my tiny storm trysail, and a double-reefed mizzen, I can (semi)comfortably and safely sail to windward in 40+ knots. If my course is off the wind and my vessel is experiencing any tendency to round up or brooch, I trail a little something astern. This can be as simple as two fenders on 75 feet of line, or a small ‘gale-rider’ drogue. Anything that creates a mild turbulence will do, and the effect is often dramatic and immediate. A vessel that is wallowing and fighting its helm instantly becomes manageable upon launch of the fenders.
There are times, of course, when the sea and wind builds to such a crescendo that all forward movement is inadvisable. In these conditions, I heave-to.
I’ve never seen God’s face, but the closest I’ve come is aboard a small boat in a large ocean, pirouetting atop a giant wave.
Heaving-to is easy and fast. You merely allow a tiny amount of sail to remain up to steady your vessel’s roll and to keep her positioned approximately 45 degrees off the wind. This usually means I have the extremely rugged storm trysail up — with perhaps a double or triple reefed mizzen — and my helm hard over. Helm hard over? Yes. I leave the helm hard over as if to come about. Since the boat isn’t moving there is no water flow past the rudder, so the rudder doesn’t work and the boat doesn’t come about. But it tries to, and stalls out on repeat. The boat gets a little forward speed, the rudder kicks in — and kills that speed.
If at first she hunts, I micro-adjust my mainsheet, traveler, vang, and helm until she is almost dead in the water. She will sit there for days (I’ve hove-to for 72 hours plus, at times) as pretty as you please. This has worked for 90% of the gales I’ve encountered on my circumnavigations. If you perfect heaving-to to the ultimate degree, your vessel will have zero speed forward and be pushed directly downwind sideways with your keel making considerable turbulence in the water.
This resulting ‘slick’ to windward serves to trip/trick the waves into breaking before they reach you. I’ve made it through major gales with patches of dry deck showing amid huge breakers, all because of this ‘slick’ effect. Remember — losing all forward motion isn’t easy nor quick to accomplish, but it’s well worth the effort. As a test, drop a wet paper towel into the sea to windward. If it appears to be magically sucked up directly to weather, that’s perfect, because it means the boat is drifting directly downwind!
Another option is to ‘run off’ before the wind and breaking seas.
This can be done if the gale isn’t too severe; you have plenty of sea room, and; you’ll be heading fast in the direction you desire.

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Winter Sailing

One advantage of this method is that it presents your highly buoyant transom to the waves. The downside of this method is that, as the wind and waves increase, your vessel starts sliding down the face of such large seas so fast that her rudder aerates. She can spin out (broach) or tumble end-for-end (pitch-pole) during such conditions. Pitch-poling is nearly always catastrophic to the vessel, and often fatal to the crew. This is where a Jordan Series Drogue is worth its weight in gold. This is basically a long rode (line, Nylon) with (in the case of our 43-foot ketch) 136 small cones or drogues attached.
The advantage is that the series drogue isn’t in one wave while the boat is experiencing a different wave (and the horrible resulting shock load), but rather it is immersed in many waves. Thus, there’s little shock loading (except when a large sea breaks aboard) and the Series Drogue suffers almost no damage even in prolonged hurricanes.
Of course, the boat is oriented transom-to the waves. This makes the rudder vulnerable. So it must be secured amidships. The plus side of this is that 99% of sailboats want to drift nose down, so it is easier to keep them in this attitude than to maintain a ‘head up’ position to the wind and waves. If I don’t want to offer my transom to the waves, I deploy my Paratech sea anchor on 250 feet of stretchy Nylon attached via a shackle to 250 feet of heavy chain. I’m careful to make sure that we’re crest-to-crest. This means that the boat and the parachute anchor crest on the waves at precisely the same moment about 400 to 450 feet apart. This is important. If the boat crests a wave while the parachute is in the trough, they are suddenly 40 to 60 feet different, and the resulting shock load can snap lines, rip off chocks, and decapitate the main bitts. All these tried-and-true options, once mastered, take the sting out of storm strutting. Now, in many ways, I look forward to an approaching gale. I call them to me — not in challenge, but in acknowledgment of their power and beauty and majesty.
I’ve never seen God’s face, but the closest I’ve come is aboard a small boat in a large ocean, pirouetting atop a giant wave.

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MEMORIES OF A GREAT WINTER SAIL…

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Winter sailing in Greece  

Its winter and sitting behind the desk in the office made me think about the time a few years back when I took a New J boat from Athens to Paros island. The trip was suppose to be a quick delivery… Mu self and a couple of friends, well add on the owner and his friends and there friends and all of a sudden we had 8+ people…. what follows is the video we took after passing though the Kea- Kithonos Channel, forecast had been for 5-6 out of the North what greeted us after the channel was 8-9 Beaufort rolling seas and a down wind sleigh ride to Paros….. I watch this video and it puts a smile back on my face……

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OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL GREECE.

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The delivery and advanced ocean passage that the school has just finished has been an interesting experience in different sailing philosophies and safety at sea. The  school in an attempt to broaden its winter income base, has expanded into the yacht restoration business.   We maintain a winter maintenance crew that service our school yachts and also do a certain amount of freelance work. The current Greek crisis has meant the decline in school business has required we diversify into more broad yacht services. Using our highly skilled winter staff to do yacht restoration was a logical step.

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Our first client has been an Old school student that bought a used charter yacht and then requested that we renovate it back to its original condition. This included new teak decks, new standing rigging, upgrading of deck gear and replacement of all running rigging. We also installed a fully comprehensive navigation package from Raymarine, that included their new radar/AIS/plotter interfaced computer screen, with all yacht instruments and the auto pilot. A truly one button navigation system. The system is also very addictive, and in my opinion will create some very bad habits, more about this later.

The owner of the yacht required that we deliver the yacht back to Israel once all work was completed. He was going to accompany the delivery crew with his 90 year old father. The crew was to be 6 but was shortened to 5 when a crew decided that the current situation in Tel Aviv made them uncomfortable. Our first leg was to be Athens to the island of Kos, where the yacht would refuel and then continue on to the remote island of Kastellorizo. Here the yacht and crew would check out of the EU and then continue out into international waters.

The trip started with a short shakedown sail to Poros island. It was a good chance to check out the new Raymarine toys and to do a more detailed tuning of the mast and new standing rigging. It was a good 5 hour sail in about 15-20 knts  of breeze that came pretty much from all directions.
The following day was a hive of last minute adjustments, both to the rig and to the safety equipment. The yacht left late that afternoon heading out for the Cyclades  island group and the further island of Kos. As the owner of the yacht was on board, he assumed the role of Captain with my self being more of an advisory role. The other crew members already had there  ASA and RYA licenses, so this was more a mile building exercise as well as offshore experience for them. The first night of any offshore sail is always one that has  sailors getting use to watch systems again as well as finding their sea legs. So a little irregular behavior needs understanding and flexibility. I have always found that a good evening meal on the first night if possible goes along way to ensuring confidence and comfort for the coming nights watch.

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When quizzed about watch our captain was fairly non-committal about what he wanted and said that it was better if everyone did what they felt like. He further went on   to mention that food was not a priority with him and that a little bread and cheese was all he needed.  At first I was very disappointed with his answers, he had been   one of our first students to come though the school, he already had a huge back ground of sailing but no real paperwork when he joined the school course back in  2005. Since then he had completed this very same ‘run’ Greek islands to Israel some 5 times with his and other yachts.. so he was well aware of the changing weather  patterns and changing sea states that one can encounter…
We finally arranged ourselves into 3 watches, 2 hours on and 4 off with the owner and father doing their own thing.. the yacht was extremely comfortable with a huge cockpit and cockpit table in the middle, long side benches that you could lie out on, full dodger and Bimini, and all major control lines lead back to the cockpit  coaming allowing for easy dry access to trim and control the sails. Unfortunately the cockpit was so well sheltered that keeping a ‘good’ watch out at night meant a lot  of craning your head and neck around lots of supports and fabric… which is when the huge computer screen mounted by the helm station became a much more  easier and dryer way of keeping a watch out.

The trip to Kos is about 190 miles as the crow flies, we logged 230nm with a couple of tacks thrown in. As a result it took us over 38 hours. The latter half of the trip  was in heavy rain and limited visibility.  The Raymarine package with its Chartplotter and interfaced AIS+radar was a very nice toy to have, making identifying shipping  and other objects a simple matter. However what it did not see was more troublesome, the local Greek fishing fleet do not carry AIS…. nor do there fishing long line markers or drift nets… making the old skill of looking at the sea and horizon ie:- keeping a watch still the primary skill to learn..

Once in Kos it was a short stop over with the crew taking a break ashore and looking for some breakfast while the owner took charge of refuelling the yacht. Some  supplies where purchased but as the crew had not eaten a “Galley cooked meal’ since the first night and where self-feeding themselves, not much in the way of   immediate supplies had been consumed. The yacht was soon under way again this leg was to take us along the Turkish coast, north past Rhodes island and then to parallel the coast until we arrived at Kastollrozio island.

That evening was a busy time on watch, identifying shipping coming out of Rhodes and other ships heading to Rhodes. The weather again deteriorated to rain and squall fronts rolling off the Turkish coast. The Rhodes channel can at times have a heavy wind driven surface current running east west; this particular night it was  running at least 2-3 knots which made our SOG as little as 3knts at times. This is not a good speed to be trying to avoid shipping traffic, despite the fact we where  motor sailing for most of the time. Again the Raymarine AIS/Plotter package proved its worth, however it was still imperative to keep a physical eyes out over the horizon  watch and not become glued to this very addictive screen like some video game.

 

The rest of that evening was a mixture of squalls and washing machine like seas that caused the yacht to pound and bounce around the sea slowly on its way to Kastellorizio island.  Up to this point the yacht had been steered almost exclusively by auto pilot, with neither the owner nor our crew steering by hand for more than   30 minutes. I think I had the most time on the wheel with our 12 hours since leaving Athens.

The rest of this delivery continued with little change in the way things operated or the prevailing wind conditions as once the yacht left Kastellorizo for Tel Aviv, we had   to face a remaining 350 nm of pretty much windless sea and intermittent rain. The extra jerry jugs of fuel we carried on deck proved necessary and the yacht finally   made it to Tel Aviv.

 

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