After Agathosini we made the 17 mile hop to Samos to check in and pay the dreaded cruising tax.
The slow sail to Samos
The main harbour is Pythagoreiou, named after Samos’s most famous son, Pythagoras. It seems he was a pretty clever fellow. Apart from inventing right angled triangles he also was credited with many mathematical and scientific discoveries, including, to quote from Wikipedia: the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagorean tuning, the five regular solids, the Theory of Proportions, the sphericity of the Earth, and the identity of the morning and evening stars as the planet Venus. It was said that he was the first man to call himself a philosopher (“lover of wisdom”)[c] and that he was the first to divide the globe into five climatic zones.
One wonders what he would have made of us today? No doubt amazed at our scientific progress and the fabulous technology at our disposal, and agast at the ability of the average millennial to add up!
The town is one of the prettiest in the Aegean with a delightful seafront and plenty of shops and cafes. Paying the cruising tax (my first time) seemed almost impossible and after a few attempts to navigate the government website I gave up and did it through the local yacht agent who for an extra 50 euros also did all the check in formalities as well. For Acheron the cost was 106 euros per month, which equates to 8 euros per metre. Boats under 12 metres only pay 25 euros!
We spent a few days here relaxing and doing a bit of shopping before heading west.