Our bow that cuts the waves leading us to "blue" routes, nautical instruments damp from the sea saltiness, the weather that refreshes, the suspense that culminates, the unpredictable sea!
And then , that sweet anticipation of sight of our destination!
Once we experienced the utmost pleasure to the extreme, one day we sailed to Marathi, a few hundred metres across the western coasts of the island Arkoi. On the eastern side of this small islet, whose total coastline is less than two nautical miles, there is the sheltered bay which forms its natural harbour.
In a sea that looked more like a lake, we slowly approached the coasts of Arki, covering quickly the 11nm that separate them from the port of Agathonisi. We had decided to anchor first in the bay Limnari, located in the middle of the eastern coast of Arki and then, taking advantage of the calm sea to sail round the northern coasts of the island, finally entering the port which is on the west side, just behind the Limnari.
Having a favourable wind, since the north wind turns into mistral in this part of the sea and this is the usual wind that blows in summer around Agathonisi, we entered a course of 110 degrees and easily crossed the 22 nautical miles that separated us from the land.
Just below the narrow passage between Ikaria and Samos there is the island complex of Fourni. With three bigger islands, Thimaina, Fourni and Agios Minas, as well as numerous islets which are mainly on the southern part, it is a beautiful travel destination.