Our rib boat is getting ready for another rib sail tour to Kythnos island this time! Friday afternoon and the sun is still burning hot. The sea is breezy and the boats are just about to start roaming engines for the several islands in the Aegean. Akeydor’s rib boat is ready for the 1 hour 20 minutes voyage southbounds to Kythnos, passing cape Sounio, and the island of Kea in a breezy sea state. We start our engines and launch our rib boat into the seas.
We cross cape Sounio ahead of us, and our rib boat is working perfectly on the summer breeze. We run the boat at 4,000 RPM and 23 knots with full load (passengers, fuel, water and luggage). 40 minutes later we are passing the island of Kea (Tzia) from the south and soon we will be arriving at port Merichas on schedule. We arrive at sunset and have enough time to moor the boat at a great location for the night. We get ready and rush out to the port of Merichas with the tavernas at the seaside and the bars overlooking the bay. Akeydor’s rib boat has done the job with a safe and comfortable sail to Kythnos.
Merichas is the main port of Kythnos, looking north west. It has a beautiful sea side atmosphere for the evening, with several cafes and restaurants to select from. The sunset at Merichas is beautiful and the people are extremely friendly and outgoing. Akeydor’s rib boat, as well as many rib boats from Athens and the greater Athens area, choose Kythnos, and Merichas due to its easy location and fantastic beaches within a few miles from Merichas.
Next day, our friends wanted an adventurous sail with our rib boat to the other side of Kythnos island. We selected the picturesque fishing port of Loutra and the beautiful bay of Agia Irini. Akeydor’s rib boat sailed up north and crossed to the other side of the island, into Loutra, then into Agia Irini where a beautiful atmosphere awaited us.
Sailing the east coast of Kythnos gives us the opportunity to relax at several picturesque bays, one of them being Agios Stefanos bay, a bit further south from Loutra. Agios Stefanos offers a calm atmosphere and a tavern with great views of the bay and fantastic food for the evening. This is a place where we enjoyed staying overnight, as long as the weather permitted. Our rib boat is equipped with a spacious cabin and bathroom for the evening, and we enjoyed a calm night’s sleep.
We enjoyed a full weekend plus a few more days on our rib boat, and we sailed about 100 miles to and around Kythnos, and back home. The return voyage was into bumpy seas, and so we decreased the speed to make the journey more comfortable and safer for our crew. We return our rib boat back at our launch place within less than 2 hours. Another voyage has been completed and our rib boat is back on track for a rest.
- We tried Antonis Cretan taverna at Merichas port, with fantastic food!
- We went for a swim at Kolona beach which is just a few minutes away of Merichas port. A unique beach at Cyclades, with a narrow part of land separating the inner and outer seas!
- Loutra is great for relaxation, and Agia Irini bay offers great calm views and fantastic food at the seaside!
- Agios Stefanos offers magnificent views and Christos’ tavern great food and fresh fish!