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.
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.
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.