A violent storm hit Poros a few days ago thrashing the harbour, causing havoc amongst the yachts tied up along the dock, demolishing walk ways and ripping up harbour walls. Lightening flashed across the horizon illuminating heaven and earth. Thunder boomed overhead.
A twenty minute tempest brought chaos to the island.
One yacht sank, one caught on fire. The lucky owners who were on board as it began managed to run for the safety of open water but dozens more boats were holed and damaged.
The wind was fierce, a tempest. Yachts pitched into each other with terrific force and pounded the concrete dock as they surged up and down in the rough sea.
This yacht has come all the way from Australia. The sides are scratched and holed and the railing where the anchor came over has been ripped out. I hope they have good insurance.
They are a long way from home and must have spent months traversing the Pacific islands, going up to Thailand, dodging pirates and monsoons, sailing through the Red Sea and the Suez canal and finally into the Med to be bashed about in the 'haven' that is Poros.
The wooden bridge connecting one dock with the other
The yacht that sank was flying a french flag. Two divers were going down this morning salvaging whatever they could. Papers and passports were hanging out in the sun to dry.
The tempest began very suddenly just after 9pm when many of these yachties would have been out eating or having a drink. We were watching the Greek national football team playing Cyprus ( 2-0 to Greece) and although we could hear the wind and rain, saw the lightening and heard the thunder we had idea of the violence of the storm.
This yacht was next to the one that sank and has holes in it's rear end, the stern I believe it is called in marine-talk.
The next morning going down the mountain we were dodging branches from the pine trees and rubbish bins which had been whipped into the middle of the road but there was surprisingly little damage elsewhere.
It looked like being one of the last balmy weekends of summer and the boat harbour was full. This
freak storm took everyone by surprise and spoiled a dream holiday for some.