Before leaving Milos we managed to hook up with another cruising boat full of kids. Sarah and Dan and their three kids Bee, Cormac and Rory are sailing on an Australian registered boat called Antigoni had got in touch with us through ayachtmoretolife. Cruising families are all pretty much on the same wavelength and needless to say we all got on well, so now there are three yachts full of kids moving around the Med in our very own mini floatilla!
We left Milos under sail and heading for the Peloponnese just as the sun dipped below the horizon. It wasn’t long though until the wind disappeared and we started the engine. We motor sailed most of the night making as much as possible of the light breeze until dawn when the wind picked up from the North allowing a great sail for the final few hours to Monemvasia. Just as we arrived a big loggerhead turtle came over to say hello and circled Vega for a good 5 minutes before taking a large breath and disappearing into the inky blue. The North West Peloponnese are the biggest nesting area in the Mediterranean so hopefully we will see plenty more…
The fishing harbour in Monemvasia was almost full with yachts waiting for a weather window to head south to Cape Malea, but Vega, Calyxa and Antigoni managed to squeeze in. It was a great place to hang out for a few days with plenty of liveaboard boats for company and three resident turtles in the harbour’s clear water for the kids to swim with each day! When they weren’t swimming with turtles the 8 kids were all playing together, we didn’t see them all day 🙂
Monemvasia is a must visit destination if you find yourself in this part of the world. This spectacular walled town and fortress was part of the Byzantine Empire between 583 and 1460. Most of the buildings have been well restored and the whole town is a wonderful place to stroll around with narrow cobbled streets, tunnels, courtyards and gardens at every turn.