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First Catch of the Season

Today we are crossing the adriatic sea from Erikousa to Santa Maria di Leuca.

As this is quite a long trip we put out one fishing gear with my new lure I just bought a couple of days ago in Corfu.

A nice 3.5kg tuna liked the lure and we don’t have to worry about what’s up for lunch.
Location:
Adriatic Sea
Position:
Destination of the day:
Santa Maria di Leuca
Heading:
260°
Speed:
7 kn
Motoring
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
SE

Don Giuseppes first Mooring

The last segment of the trip to Sicily started this morning with dead calm weather. We stopped at the brand new marina of Erikousa. It was the first mooring for my new crew. Everything worked perfect.

Tomorrow we will cross the Adriatic to Leuca.
Location:
Erikousa
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
SE

Nice harbour below the fortress

Today we arrived at the lovely Port Mandraki surrounded by the old fortress of Corfu while huge ferries and cruise ships passing by.

As Franz is flying home tomorrow and my next crew will arrive on Tuesday I will have some time to relax and fix some minor issues.

Sadly the forecast for the next days predicts some rain.
Location:
Corfu Mandraki
Position:
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
SE

Franz Birthday Wind

Today we were sailing from the lovely island of Kalamos in northerly direction. All forecasts were showing southerlies around 10-15 knots, ideal for going north.

Already after 10 minutes we were quite surprised about the wind picking up fast. After 1 hour we only hat the genua out minimized to the second reef. We were still sailing around 10 knots and the wind gusted up to 50 knots!

After the Lefkas ferry bridge we decided to go to the brand new Preveza marina, which welcomed us with a heavy rain upon arrival.

Now we will stay here for the next to days until the wind looks favorable to continue to go north to Corfu.

Tonight we will find a nice taverna to celebrate Franz birthday.
Location:
Preveza Marina
Position:
Weather:
mostly cloudy
Wind force:
6 - strong breeze
Wind direction:
S

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
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