Location: Hora, Island of Naxos
Weather: a light air, with the air so calm there is hardly any movement on the water, with no detectable breeze, yet not quite absolute calm. The sky is clear and full of stars, the sun having set. Feels like 17 C (63 F).
According to the diary in possession of the party, the Captain of the Petrel dropped the main party off in Amisos on March 26, promising to return on April 26 and to wait until the 14th of May. Also according to the diary, the 14th of May is when the party returned to Amisos again. That is 27 days off.
You have little trouble getting away from Koufonisia, having given your plans to Carlito and Tazio. You receive a ride from Arkemis, the boy who boated you out to the island where you met the Psammodrons. He takes you to Hora through the day of April the 17th, so that you arrive in the evening just as the sun is falling. The wind was variable throughout the day and so it took nearly 12 hours to reach Hora.
You find here a captain who can take you to Syros, as was your wish; but you also find a captain able to take you to Kallipolis. This is a city at the entrance of the Dardanelles Strait, and well on the way to Constantinople. Traffic between the Dardanelles and Constantinople is near continuous, the journey across the Sea of Marmara there a brief one and among the most travelled courses in the world.
This Captain's name is Issam Tueni; he is Lebanese, from Tripoli. He seems like a robust, friendly fellow, willing to pay for your drinks while you interview him, more than willing to make you a good berth on his 310 ton Brigantine, a big carrack, much larger than the Petrel.
The other ship's captain is a Greek schooner master, bound for Syros.