Day 2: Sailing from Kalamos to Sivota

Big City Kalamos

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Kalamos is just such a very relaxed, low speed, easy island. The name Kalamos is said to be coming from reeds. If you see the stony island, you know for sure there has to be some very distant explanation for that.

Some people argue that the origins from the name of the island came from the inhabitants flewn from the mainland from a more swampy area. But a more mythological explanation might also be true. This story would make the island named to a son of the ancient God Maiandros (God of the Maeander river), this guy was called Kalamos. In my eyes the island therefore being the home of a god.

The reason “reed” is called by the ancient Greeks to this guy is explained in a story in Nonus’s Dyonysica which tells of the love of two youths, Kalamos and Karpos, the son of the Zephyrus & Chloris and the latest being goddess of flowers.

Zephyrus and Chloris

Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind and the goddess Chloris, from a 1875 engraving by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

By the way, during the writing of this post I found out that this guy Zephyrus is quite an interesting fellow. First is to mention that he is the Greek god of the gentlest of the winds: the west wind, the fructifying wind and the messenger of spring. Au contraire to his 3 brothers: Boreas, the north wind and bringer of cold winter air, Notus was the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn, and Eurus, the east wind.
Karpos is according the myths his son, but there is talk in the town that would make Zephyrus also to be the father of Balius and Xanthus, Achilles’ horses. Would that have been with Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow and the sister of Chloris? Zephyrus also fathered with Chloris “Carpus”(“fruit”), besides Karpos. Last thing worth mentioning, Chloris seems to be his sister. And I hear you thinking: so that would make Zephyrus, Chloris ad Iris brothers and sisters, yes indeed, they had their way of living in those times.

Back to Kalamos again. Karpos drowned in the Meander river while the two were competing in a swimming contest and in his grief, Kalamos allowed himself to also drown. He then transformed into a water reed, whose rustling in the wind was interpreted as a sigh of lamentation. Walt Whitman’s “Calamus” poems in “Leaves of Grass” may have been inspired by this story. And that poem now on my wishlist to read suddenly.

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Back to the island

Well Kalamos City provides a lot of restaurants as it can be quite busy with boaters in the summer it, and there are 2 supermarkets and a bakery.

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Besides tourism, the people try to fish a little bit around, so here are the obligatory pictures of Greek fisher-boats.

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If you leave the city there is a round a very cosy beach. One of the restaurants there is being used as the figurehead for the site become increasingly popular: ancientcoasts.com. See the picture below for some other views.

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There is just one village on the whole island – although there was a second… Port Leone…

Long time ago Port Leone was a prospering city and by far the most beautiful on the island, challenging the Gods in beauty (bla bla bla). But it was hit hard back by the earthquake of 1953, demolishing the whole infrastructure of the city, no water and electricity anymore.  Port Leone was demolished and the villagers decided to leave the village.

It is a spooky city now with only the church being kept in service. Every sunday you can still hear the sound of the bells of the church. The place or the bay – to be more specific -still serves as an excellent anchoring place, especially for lunch.

The Sailing

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As every day this week, we left about 12:30 PM. This was because of the group we were traveling with. A group of crazy dentists, coming for training and sailing in this area. Can you imagine it? And that for 10 years already.

The weather was not to promising when we left and there were some raindrops now and then. After passing the island Kithros, there was a good wind coming up and we could sail the last 3 hours to Sivota.

Analysis

And finally, as you know from me, the numbers, the analysis of numerous amounts of data, being calculated in the late hours…

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Ok, ok, it was with the help of OceanPilot and I still don’t know what it means.

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