September 16th, 2011 browsing by day


Friday Sept 16 In the Aegean Sea

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I am anchored at 39˚53 min N 26.09 E. I have paper charts for this area and it is near Uvecik. It is completely open to the Aegean Sea but
reasonably protected from the Northerlies. I covered 60 miles in less than 12 hours. It was a wild knuckle ride through the narrow strait that connects the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean. The wind blew a good 30 plus knots and the waves at times became too much to handle for the Monitor windvane. All I could manage was the 90 % jib and in the last part had to reef it down to 60%. The current runs as much as 3 knots and I was getting readings of 9 knots over the ground on the GPS. I had to hug the Eastern shore to stay out of the traffic lanes and at times there was just about enough room between shore and the traffic lane to squeeze a hearse through.

So, for the first time, today, since July 2009 I have dropped down below the magic Latitude 40.

I am frying some chicken legs that I bought in Kelem (my friend Matthias Klemm located it for me) last night. With rice and a cucumber/tomato/onion salad.

The next post might be from a Greek island.