Crossing under the longest European bridge
We just crossed below the bridge on out way to the Ionian Sea, that spans over the Gulf of Patras. It is a strange feeling figuring out, that our 20m air draft would fit underneath.
Yesterday my older son Franz joined me for the second leg to Siciliy. As it was a bit noisy in Zea Marina we decided to go to the nice bay of Korfos on the Peloponnes, where we had a lovely dinner and a quiet sleep.
This morning we left early to still have the morning sun for our crossing through the Canal of Corinth (watch the video).
Now we are resting in the harbour of Korinthos and wait for hopefully better wind direction for tomorrow.
Greek Easter Tradition
Greeks like to celebrate. One of their most religious feasts is Easter Sunday. This starts at midnight between Saturday and Sunday with lots of fireworks, most of them handmade (made of dynamite), followed by the traditional greek easter soup Magiritsa (you don’t want to know, what’s in there).
This morning we woke up by the smell of a lamb on a spit. Our boat neighbors had setup a barbecue already to have it ready for a late easter lunch.
Good Friday in Naoussa
On Greek Good Friday we moored at the so called marina of Naoussa on the island of Paros. Most of the lazylines are gone and there is a lot of foul at the ground.
Luckily we got an alongside berth. It is an amazing spectacular watching some skippers try to drop an anchor and go stern to. By now there have been more than 3 to dive for freeing their anchor. Keep in mind, the water temperature is only 18 degrees.
Later we will enjoy a nice seafood meal in the old town of Naoussa.
Trip to Sicily started
This year I planned a nice long trip from Kos to Sicily, where we will celebrate a good friends 60th birthday before returning back to Kos Marina mid July.
Today we started the first leg from Kos to Amorgos, a 76 nm trip with predicted 4-5 Beaufort SE winds. After Kalymnos we were even able to put up our Parasailor spinnaker. As soon as we reached Levitha, we changed to the Genaker due to enforcing winds. As we arrived at Amorgos NE tip we were only sailing with a Genua reefed to a minimum as winds picked up close to 40 knots.
Now we will enjoy the beautiful island of Amorgos.
First of all: I will try to keep it as "plastic free" as possible. No more plastic water bottles. Instead we have installed a watermaker, that can produce 60 liters of pure water an hour. Supporting this, a new wind generator and new solar chargers are in place, to produce as much "green energy" as possible.
Besides that, a lot of new gadgets will make life aboard even more enjoyable.
Next Tuesday my new crew will arrive for the first leg of the trip to/back Sicily.