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10 days ago
We planned an early start for the day as it looked like the last with some wind before a week or so with no wind. Staying true to our mantra “less engine, more sailing” we wanted to make use of it and see if we could sail the 25NM down to Kiato. Kiato is about […]
10 days ago
Friday On Friday we continued to Galaxidi. We had wind for the first hour or so (which allowed us to test our jib fix, all good so far) but it then dropped off so we motored the rest of the way. Our friends on Polaris and Right Meow were in the bay and that afternoon […]
13 days ago
Wednesday We were having a good run of favourable wind so we were off again on Wednesday heading further west into the Gulf of Patras. We hoisted the sails as we rounded the last buoy and sailed along on a beam reach, closely followed by a Norwegian boat. Today was to be a day of […]
15 days ago
On Tuesday we sailed north from Zakynthos to the first anchorage in the Gulf of Patras called Missolonghi. We’d waited a few days for favourable wind and it paid off as we sailed the full 35NM. The entrance to the anchorage is an interesting one as its down a long buoyed channel flanked either side […]
17 days ago
We had an unnecessarily restless night in Porto Vromi. We were safely tied up to a secure mooring ball but somehow we couldn’t sleep. We’re cognisant now of the fact that when we’re tired we can feel a bit uneasy, and we worry about things which under normal circumstances wouldn’t even cross our minds. Being […]
21 days ago
The main reason for us wanting to visit the southern most Ionian island of Zakynthos was to see the infamous Shipwreck Bay. According to Wikipedia: On 2 October 1980, a freight-liner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. It has been rumoured […]
22 days ago
So here’s some news for you – sailing and boozing don’t actually go well together. Or, at least sailing and being hungover don’t as I had to find out on Tuesday, as we’d had a few too many drinks on our friend’s boat the night before. The morning after wasn’t too bad, as we managed […]
24 days ago
We spent a few days holed up in Vathy waiting out some gnarly S/E winds that were on the forecast, but didn’t end up materialising. Even though weather forecasting has become much better, with models such as ECMWF forecasting on grids as small as 8 kilometers, taking local phenomena caused by weird geography is still […]
26 days ago
After another peaceful nights sleep we left Vlicho bay, turned the corner and headed south towards Vathy which is about half way down the east side of the island of Ithaca. We’re planning on going through the Corinth Canal in a few weeks so we wanted to start heading south, so Ithaca looked like a […]
26 days ago
Sleeping at anchor is always a bit hit and miss, and we woke up feeling quite smug about having slept a full night and then some. We would probably still be in bed to this day if it had not been for a crow that had landed right on the top of our mast and […]
26 days ago
Somehow we managed to lose our windex over the winter. For you non-sailors out there, a windex is a fancy name for a little weather vane that sits on top of the mast and allows you to see quickly where the wind is coming from in relation to the boat. It’s not the only way […]
1 month ago
Have I mentioned yet that one of the things we want to do differently this season is to sail more and run the engine less? I must have mentioned it before. 😀 Part of the reason is that sailing is just so much more fun. The boat feels better, gliding through the waves, and of […]
1 month ago
Preveza (which means passage) is the proud owner of the only undersea tunnel in Greece. Opened in 2002 at a cost of 90m EURs its 1.5 mile length connects Epirus with Preveza and has greatly shortened the travel time across the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf, which previously was only possible by ferry. You can […]
1 month ago
Sometimes, things just work out the way you planned. Today was one of those days. One of the things we want to do differently this season is sail more, and make better use of the wind. If that means waiting for a couple of days for the wind to turn favourable, so be it. And […]
1 month ago
Tuesday Having rather run out of things to do on Syvota, we headed across to Paxos. Paxos, together with its smaller sister Antipaxos are the smallest of the seven principal Ionian Islands in Greece and known for having managed to preserve the local Greek culture. Our passage was rather unspectacular with no wind and a […]
1 month ago
Saturday After a rolly night at anchor we were up and out by 09:00, together with our neighbour whose tired wave indicated he too got little sleep. We knew there wouldn’t be much wind but motoring the 25 or so miles to Syvote was preferable to staying in our uncomfortable anchorage.  The route took us […]
1 month ago
After a few hours sleep we woke up feeling very groggy and wondered whether we shouldn’t just put off Mission DEPKA until tomorrow.  Oh, the dreaded DEPKA.  Greece is one of the only European countries which mandates yachts officially clear in and pay a “cruising tax”. We’ve heard horror stories of boats being impounded if found not […]
1 month ago
Here is one thing that you might not know about sailing: sometimes, you are not sailing at all! Instead you are spending all day holed up in the bowels of your boat, praying to the weather gods to make the bloody wind go away! We had one of those days on Saturday. Even though we […]
1 month ago
Marina di Ragusa to Portopalo Distance: 35NM Sunday 28th April. Departed 09:00, arrived 15:30 Our original plan was to sail around to Syracuse today, a journey of approximately 12 hours so we wanted to be up and out by 07:30 to make sure we arrived still in daylight. The alarm went off at 06:00 and […]
1 month ago
For those of you who have been wondering about what’s going on with us, here is a quick recap of our story over the last few months. Originally, our plan was to take a year or two off and go sailing, get this whole sailing thing “out of our system”, and then go back to […]
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