Our Last DAY & NIGHT AboardThe morning of our last full day dawned. We ate breakfast and started the travelers' farewell ritual of exchanging contact information of our fellow crew mates. They have all been great sailing mates.
The morning sail to Santorini, was picture perfect, blue skies, consistant wind, barely any swell. Santorini is an island group around an ancient caldera. The volcano blew about 1400 BCE wiping out the Minoan civilization and created a huge tsunami that devastated part of Crete. Scholars believe this catastrophic event is what gave rise to Aristotle's theory of Atlantas as a lost city.
By 2::00 pm we had reached the ancient caldera area across from Thira where we found a place to moor, lunch, and swim.
|Cass swims to shore and ties off the stern|
Circling the caldera area are islands, the largest being Thira or Santorini. Tall cliffs of sandstone and lave rise hundreds of meters above the sea.
|Look at the tall masted ship below and the height of the cliffs|
Our swim was in water over 30 meters deep, beautiful blue seemingly bottomless pit with tall volcanic cliffs partially encircling the boat.
To reach our port destination, would require motoring into increasingly large natural and ferry made swells between the the island straits. We wallowed through and bucked a bit. The forward stateroom hatches were open and got drenched in saltwater requiring the occupants to hang out their laundry as we pitched along. Everyone is on deck keeping their stomachs in check and enjoying the last day.
|L to R, Cass, Rory Russ, Lynne, Chris, Debra, Roz, Natty, Matty|