Day one Sunday
All the guests arrive on resort from various flights around the UK. The boat is due to arrive in Sami about 4pm after a 4 hour trip from its home berth of Lefkas.
Mark leaves resort at 3pm to meet boat in Sami which arrives a little late due to high winds and swell. Meet with our skipper Ken and discuss all the final details and shop for supplies before guest arrive on the boat at 7pm.
Guests are shown on board and settle in to their large cabins and given instructions on how to use there on suite heads (bathrooms).
We all then head back to super market for guests to purchase drinks and snacks for the first few days onboard.
On return to the boat Ken has laid up a Champagne reception with olives, nuts and crisps and we all enjoyed a sundowner on the back of this stunning boat chatting about what we have planned for the week ahead.
A meal in a local tavana is enjoyed with a few bottles of wine followed by a night cap onboard and all are tucked up in bed for a good first night’s sleep onboard.
Day two Monday
An early start with a trip to the baker for fresh bread and we set off for a secluded bay on the south of Ithaka for breakfast and our first skinny dip in the crystal clear waters.
We snorkelled off the back of the boat with a large shoal of fish. Martin made a long swim to the small beach and as he arrived back the wind started to fill in and we decided to set off for a sail to our first proposed destination.
Sails are set and we start to make way. The wind is very gusty with winds up to 20 knot making sailing difficult. and we get a very rare rain shower but being naked we just carried on. Martin starts to feel unwell so we make the decisions to change course and head in early to the stunning harbour of Kioni. We find a sheltered mooring and settle in to an afternoon on the quay to enjoy a coffee a shore and watch all the other boats try to anchor up in difficult conditions.
Dinner ashore of spit roast pig with potatoes and we all set off back to the boat for an early night.
Day three Tuesday
Slow start today. Forecast was not good and with winds up to 30 knots and large swell from the North West. We had a good safe mooring in Kioni and thought about staying put for the day. After watching a few other boat leave we were told we had to move off our mooring for arrival of a ferry. We made a decision to go out and have a look at the conditions. The swell to the north of us was large with strong winds but the conditions looked better to the south so we decided to head to Vathi. Once in the bay conditions were better so we set sail and had a fantastic afternoon sailing in the bay. The weather forecast is unusually unsettled for this time a year, even the wind is cold so no naked sailing today.
We then made for the harbour and moored for the night on the west wall. All the crew head off to the town for dinner while Mark and Ken keep watch as the cross winds are still strong and we don’t want to leave the boat unattended.
Day four Wednesday
All boats in the harbour are staying put. Large black thunder clouds and gale force winds are now hitting the area.
Ann and Chris cook breakfast on board while Kevin goes out to get the fresh bread and croissants
We stay put as the forecast looks to be improving tomorrow and for the rest of the trip. Moral on the boat is still very high after yesterdays sailing and we are all relaxing on board reading and playing UNO. Well Ann is trying to get the crew to play but yet no one has taken her up on the offer. Some guests are planning a walk in to town and Chris is in need of retail therapy. Martin and Kevin have broken the drinking rule and have had a beer before the sun has gone over the yard arm. They say it has gone over but you can’t see it because of the cloud.
Plan to watch football in the square and have a meal in a local tavana
Day Five Thursday
The weather has subsided a little and we make an early trip to town for fresh produce and make a hasty departure out of Vathi. The wind is still blowing 10 to 15 knots from the North West and the swell between Ithaka and Lefkas is still massive and would give us a very unpleasant crossing.
We head back south and set sail on only the foresail. We hit speeds of just under 7 knots and soon reach the south of Ithaka were we get a short lull in the wind before hitting 15 knot winds coming down the Ithaka channel. We make for the stunning and normally sheltered bay of Anti Samos but are faced with strong off shore winds making it near impossible to moor in a small cove we found on the north side of the bay. We are forced to drop anchor and stay out in the bay for lunch.
The wind starts again to gain and the cloud builds over land and we make for the harbour of Ag Euifemia on Kefalonia. The weather is starting to rule this trip; locals have never seen weather like this during the month of June. We hold out hope for better weather tomorrow as we make our way North.
Day Six Friday
At last the weather is back to normal. We wake to a clear skis and little wind so make a quick exit from Ag Eufimia.
We travel under motor up to the north of Kefalonia and find a nice breeze that takes us north towards the island of Lefkas. We make good time in a steady 10knots wind and finally find a stunning bay to set anchor and run a long stern line ashore. We have a beautiful lunch on board and then spend the rest of the afternoon laying in the sun and swimming in the bay.
We leave our bay at 6pm and motor the short trip in to Spartakhori on Meganisi a rustic and tranquil bay over looked by a beautiful traditional Greek village. We have a quick drink ashore and head up to the village to buy meat and salad products for our planned BBQ tomorrow.
A great day is had by all. We spend the evening at a beach taverna overlooking the bay and our boat.
Day Seven Saturday
Our last full day on board starts with a flat calm morning in Spartakhori. A quick trip to the bread van that is parked at the end of the quay and we make a quick departure at 8.30am.
We travel under motor down the east coast of Meganisi with John at the helm while the rest of us enjoy the morning sun. We hit a good steady wind as we round the south coast of 15 knots from the North West and we set sail with Kevin at the helm and start hitting speeds of 7 ½ knot toward the island of Arkoudhi.
A couple of swift tacks and we are on course toward the port of Fiskardho on the north of Kefalonia. We head down the channel a short way and find a gorgeous bay where we set anchor and run two stern lines ashore thanks to some great swimming from Kevin and Martin.
We enjoy the afternoon in the sun and set up the BBQ on the side of the boat and stay the night on anchor.
We all wake early for a sunrise swim in the bay before making a short trip back to Fiskardho to disembark the boat and say our goodbyes to Ken.
Breakfast ashore in the harbour before our cars arrive and take us all back to Vassaliki Club were all the guests stay for their second week.
The unusual weather did cause problems at the start but this never dampened the team spirit aboard. Everyone got on well and all helped out with all aspects of running the boat from mooring, sailing, cooking and cleaning which were all were done and enjoyed in the nude.
We are now looking forward to running more of these trips next summer so if you want to live aboard a stunning super yacht with like minded naturists then look out for our next year’s dates.