Seven yachts joined Christiana VIII and Margarita for our largest departure of 2014 with Canadians, Americans, South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders as crews. Perfect sailing conditions were with us as we left Athens in high spirits arriving in Poros in time for happy hour and our first fun docking experience with two catamarans, five monohulls and two 60ft lead yachts full of cabin charter sailors. Hydra, and a wonderful pirate night followed and then our passage to stunning Kleftico in Milos for a BBQ of fresh tuna we’d caught just 30 minutes out of Hydra. Due to heavy force 8 winds, the itinerary had to change so our one week flotilla yachts ending in Paros left us and headed to Kithnos while the rest of the flotilla headed to the safety of Ios a day early; in force 6 winds it turned out to be strong but fantastic sailing for everyone. The decision to head to Ios early was the right one when shortly after arriving we saw raging winds outside the harbour, we were relieved our yachts were moored uncomfortably, but safely! On Saturday, the flotilla crews headed for a well-earned rest on Santorini after a sleepness night in heavy winds. The good news is the winds are back to normal for next week and we look forward to more good sailing when everyone returns from Santorini tomorrow and we head to the Petit Cyclades and Skinoussa.