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Itinenariy southerly dodecanes islands
1 week trip Kos-Kos
1.day Kos - Nisyros est. 18 nm in springtime and autum be aware of southerly- and easterly-winds, May to October mostly N-NW-winds, and by that reason easy and relaxed sailing with the wind
Kos has one of the few "professional" Marinas in Greece. Even, if staying in a normal village-port might be noisy, and the water in the harbour usually is dirty, we prefer staying in "normal" ports to take part of the "normal life" on the quais and being right in the middle of local scenery, but sometimes, a Marina with itīs facilities can be an good stop. Especially for a charter-crew with 6 or 8 on board, who need to have a shower, for provisioning the boat with fuel and water, a Marina is a good place to stay. Kos Marina is quite close to the town-harbour (10-15 minutes walk or a bus) and mostly, the town-harbour-policeman will send you over to the Marina.
In Kos, it is important to "kow the rules", because
Stavros, managing the pilot boat, feels responsible to get you in the
mooring-place without damages. Usually, the wind is coming strong from
north, so be carefull entering the Marina. Call the Marina at your VHF
Channell 77 and wait at the entrance for arrival of the pilot boat, whose
pilot will check your boatsize and order a mooring-place for you. Note:
alongside costs triple!
In the summer season, and at critical wid-situations, it is very recommended, to call the Marina the day before or in the morning for a reservation (use the phone-numbers on website of Kosmarina!)
Kos itself is very nice to stay, visit the castle, see the old plant of Hypokrates, the ancient philosopher and doctor, who is still the mental guide for medical doctors all over the world, have a walk through the narrow shopping- and Bar-streets up the hill, take a cup of coffee on the place right below the old Mosque, maybe take a day and go for a daytrip to turkish Bodrum, which is 35 minutes by ferry twice a day in the summer season.
After one or two days in Kos (if you donīt have the time to stay longer, you should, if you can !) , you might want to sail further.
You can sail "upwards" to Dedecenese islands like Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Samos, or "southwards" to Nisyros, Tilos, Symi, Chalki, Rhodes, Karpathos and the turkish coast then, maybe visit the very southeasterly lying Kastellorizon. We describe all these islands, but here we will report a sailing trip starting from Kos to the southeast and back.
relaxed sailing from greek island Kos southwesterly
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to the northeasterly part of the vulcanic island Nisyros you
surely should prefer the small harbour called PALI.
Note: from > 5 Bft it is not possible to pass into that harbour, because it has only about 3m water in the entrance, and ground-seas appear very quick there! In that case you should sail over to the white industrial-island Yali about 2nm north, which gives shelter against strong N-winds!