Messing About in Boats

It is the season for messing about in boats. The gale force winds prevalent in Greek waters over the weekend kept Symi’s anchorages full and provided hours of happy amusement for boat-watchers in Nimborio, Yialos and Pedi. Apart from all the glamorous comings and goings, sorting out the cat’s cradle of anchors and warps that builds up in Yialos overnight has some entertainment value – for those ashore anyway. The indignant shouts in a multitude of languages suggest that the owners of the boats in question don’t find it half as amusing.

The strong north wind which continues to fan a hundred fires around Greece has also improved visibility locally. Calmer conditions are forecast for the rest of the week which should make life easier for the Greek fire fighters currently struggling to contain blazes on a wide range from fronts in all parts of the country. Two dry winters and an abnormally hot summer make a lethal combination. provides good coverage.

Have a good week.


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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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