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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.
Location:
Patras
Position:
Speed:
7 kn
Motoring
Weather:
cloudy
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
W

Corinth Canal

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.
Location:
Korinthiakos Kolpos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
5 - fresh breeze
Wind direction:
NW

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.
Location:
Loutra (Kythnos)
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
NW

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.
Location:
Naousa Nisos Paros Paros
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
NW

Rock Monastery of Amorgos

This morning Stefan rented a scooter to visit the monastery of Amorgos, which is built into the mountain.

He got a private tour by one of the monks. In high season around 600 people are visiting this monastery, but now he was the only one to get that impressive look.
Location:
Katopola
Position:
Destination of the day:
Schinoussa
Heading:
299°
Speed:
7 kn
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
NW

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.
Location:
Katopola (Amorgos)
Position:
Weather:
mostly cloudy
Wind force:
7 - moderate gale
Wind direction:
SE

Plastic Free Season 2019 starts

Finally Lady Soul is (almost) ready to start the 2019 season.

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.

I wish you all a great summer :)
Location:
Kos Marina
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
5 - fresh breeze
Wind direction:
N
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