Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WWII Messerschmitt free dive on Aegean Adventure cruise

Our new guests Glen and Tara from New York state stepped aboard Margarita and the rest of the flotilla returned from Santorini so our small flotilla left Ios on Monday for the island of Skhinousa in the Petit Cyclades. We’re always interested in exploring new islands and with a small flotilla this was the perfect opportunity. At rural Skhinousa, we stumbled across a spectacular restaurant called Sweet Deli. The crews were driven up to the restaurant by the locals…and treated to some of best Greek gastronomy we’ve found in 20 years in Greece. Delicious, saganaki cheese, rocket, greek and bean salads followed by fresh tuna, chicken rolled with sundried tomatoes or local calamari. Our main reason for heading into the Petit Cyclades was to hunt down a WWII plane wreck that we’d received reports had crashed off the coast of Iraklia. It took a bit of finding, with Andy from the UK trailed on a line behind Margarita but we got there and couldn’t believe how intact the Messerschmitt was at just 12 metres deep. Captain Steven Parry reported that inside the cockpit the controls of the plane were still intact after all this time. It was truly a fantastic swim stop for everyone and a place we hope to visit again soon. Thank you Andy for not only your keenness to help find the Messerschmitt, but for taking this incredible shot of Captain Steven free diving.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A fantastic start to the 2012 sailing season

Margarita and Naias arrived in beautiful sunny Hydra on Tuesday afternoon with crews from Toronto aboard Naias and guests aboard Margarita from Colorado USA, Shropshire, UK and Montreal, Canada. The evening started quietly with a lovely walk to view a stunning sunset from Kodylenia’s restaurant. As the southwesterly breeze picked up it was clear that the evening in Hydra harbour was not to end so quietly! Upon returning to the harbour, our yachts, although safe, needed to have fenders quickly adjusted! A bumpy night ensued but was made up for the next day with a spectacular Kleftiko overnight stop at Milos. Our guests from Colorado and Montreal ended their trip in Ios on Saturday and we were very sad to see them leave after 7 nights aboard. Eric thank you for being such a fantastic helpful crewmember – we still think that your turtle sightings are questionable but you do lay a perfect anchor chain! Poseidon Charters wishes you and Jessa all the very best for the birth of your first child and hope to have the 3 of you sailing with us in the future. Nathalie we look forward to seeing you in Montreal!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Ahoy from Greece, Poseidon Charters is aboard the goodship Margarita and ready to start the 2012 sailing season. Greece has been very much on our minds and in the news in recent months and now we're here we're very happy to see that Athens Alimos marina is still the same and the yachts are proudly in the water waiting for you to arrive. We've been to the ATM's and can confirm that Euro funds are available to withdraw, Athens was quiet and the Greek locals are as wondeful as they have always been. Our first departure leaves Athens on 2 June and we're looking forward to greeting our first crews tomorrow.