Kalo mina. The first of August marks the official start of the dick-swinging contest known as superyacht season across the Aegean and anywhere else in the Med and beyond where the more-money-than-sense club take their outsized lilos on hols. The 48-metre, three or possibly four-storey Greek-owned Oasis, above, was just one of a number that motored in to Skopelos harbour today. When we sidled past its mooring it seemed to be occupied by a rather glum elderly man who didn’t seem to be having that eat-your-heart-out-Aerosmith rock’n’roll afternoon you might associate with the ownership of what is basically one gigantic extruded plastic sea-going holiday caravan that wouldn’t be allowed in Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey.
We were, however, rather taken with its neighbour, the classic (although it was actually only launched by Camper and Nicholsons in 1962) Midnight Sun, out of Jersey and British registered, which can only fit five guests and six crew, all of whom appear to have to dry their washed knickers on a drying line on the aft deck. While the floating miniature apartment blocks cluster here and off Panormos and Milia, this is the sort of ship you might imagine Edward Lear aboard in his tour of Greece and the Ionian islands in the 1860s.