I looked at Turkey a short mile or two across the Straight of Samos from our yacht anchored in the bay of Pathagoris on the Greek Island of Samos. Green, lush, mountainous and mysterious, she called to me.

Our guests arrive. Rejoining us are some sailors who sailed in Greece this past September. I told them tales of the famed Christmas winds in the Grenadines and of the Mustique Blues Fest, we are looking forward to a fun week of great wind, music and sailing!

We got ready to set sail for Kea, packed up our loose items, did the dishes and hauled up the anchor. Today was really the first day where the winds looked good enough to sail. It was a beautiful day, sunny and very breezy! We were off the hook by 10:30 AM with south winds at 20 knots that lasted for one hour.