The promised Meltemi wind
arrives with a nor'westerly blowing at 12-15 knots and we set off in Race Four to an anchorage called Atabol in the Hisaronou Gulf, or the Gulf of Symi as the Greeks call it.
This part of the island - 40 minutes' drive from Heraklion airport - is cooled by the Meltemi wind
so there is none of the humidity you often experience elsewhere on Crete at the height of summer.
In this stretch there are two good beaches, both on north Euboia, one soon after turning the corner, at Artemision (the Ant gives a good line for sailing across to it), and the other half way down, at Histiaia; the beach at Histiaia is better protected from a meltemi wind
funnelled down the straits.
One afternoon, a meltemi wind
blew with a hot ferocity, and the boats in the harbor started to bang around.
The Finn and the Yngling were the only classes to compete yesterday after organisers deemed the local Meltemi winds
too strong for the other divisions.
THE MELTEMI winds
taught schoolteacher Sarah Gibbins a harsh lesson yesterday as she saw her Athens dreams blown away.
SHOOTING: Great Britain's Olympic shooting hopes now turn to Sydney gold medallist Richard Faulds after Sarah Gibbins saw her Athens dreams blown away by the Meltemi winds
Single-handed and two-person dinghies would be available, ranging from speedy RS400s to Toppers, Laser Picos and Wayfarers, while windsurfers had a bevy of boards to battle against the promised light-to breezy Meltemi winds