Hello! My wife and I have sailed extensively those areas and are familiar with rocky and deep anchorages
typical of the Greek islands
especially the Ionians. We have not sailed the Strofades however we first would recommend a Pilot as its is very useful and very accurate in that part of the world.
Here are a few tips on Anchoring. First Hilda and I will avoid dropping anchor in a rocky area as it won't give you a good night of sleep. If you have no choice or the anchorage is too deep than we recommend you drop an anchor line to help you retrieve your anchor in the eventuality is catches under or between rocks. Secondly, I always dive to check the anchor hold if visibility permits. Thirdly we will likely tie stern to shore at a good distance in case we loose on your anchor. Remember in the eventuality you run a ground, the first thing to go is the rudder
, so better be preventive in that part of the world!
Stern to shore lines can be tricky to install especially if you are short handed. After testing different protocols, Hilda and I favour the following. Both of you have to be interchangeable in all functions on board. So Hilda will drop anchor as I will steer the ship backward toward shore. As we come close to our final position( with 40 meters of anchor chain out) she will take over at the wheel
and I will swim to shore with a 5 meter line around my shoulder (to wrap around a tree or a rock) to which I will have tied temporarily the shore line. Using the dinghy
proved to be far more complex and required far more time which sometime time you don't have due to wind
. this is why I swim to shore. We tie two shore lines using the winches to make the final adjustments and than transfer them to the cleats
. The first of the two lines installed is always the windward one. Once properly installed you can take your time to instal the second one. Last advice is that we try to tie to shore so that the prevailing wind
will hit the stern so to push the ship away from shore and relieve the anchor.
Hope this help.
Hilda and Jacques