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New Lagoon Owners in the Cyclades

As new owners of their Lagoon 380, Brian and Claire asked me to come onboard for a week to help with some sailing tuition. Claire had never sailed before and Brian was in his own words, "a little rusty" so I boarded the Why Not J in Lavrio and we have spent the past few days island hopping through the Cyclades, heading east towards Kos. It's been a great time and we've managed to get a mix of conditions which has been great for learning. I can see Claire's confidence growing with each day as we come across new situations and work our way through how to deal with them.

Today we sailed from Paros about 38nm to the little islands of Kato Antikeri and Ano Antokeri, our overnight anchorage. We approached the islands that are only separated by a relatively narrow channel and we were all pretty overawed by the surrounds and scenery, particularly once we entered the channel. Claire and I stationed ourselves on a bow each to keep lookout as we nosed up the narrows, making sure the depth ahead was ok. It was a great example of using the paper charts and chart plotter to seek out a wonderful anchorage. We spent some time finding just the right spot with good holding ground, only to see the channel open up on the other side to a stunning view towards Amorgos. It was stunned by the view that was spreading out before us to top off a great day of sailing and with new skills learnt.

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