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Early Morning Fishing Trip

At 05:30 this morning I went out with Kostas, a local fisherman from Leros.

We collected quite some fish from the approximately 800 hooks, Kostas put in places yesterday evening: Sargos, Xarakida, Xiona and Michalis.

So we will have a lot of fresh fish for dinner tonight at Ilias Taverna in Palionissos nicely prepared by Nomiki and Christos on my last night, before I return to Kos tomorrow - the end of my trip to Sicily after almost 2.000 nautical miles.
Location:
Kalymnos
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Following a tanker through the Canal of Korinth

Today we crossed the Canal of Korinth again.

We had to follow a 109meter tanker, that was tugged through the canal.

With a beam of 17meters it was quite a spectacular view.

The problem was, that the speed of the tugboat was only around 3.5 knots and the current going the same direction was about 3 knots as well, so we hardly had enough speed for the rudders to keep Lady Soul straight. I had to reverse a couple of times.
Location:
Korinth Canal
Position:
Destination of the day:
Kolfos
Heading:
126°
Speed:
5 kn
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
4 - moderate breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Crossing the Ferry Bridge in Lefkas

After a great stop last night in Lakka bay at Paxos island with magnificent waters and a great fish soup for dinner we continued our trip towards Athens.

Therefore we had to cross the interesting ferry bridge between the mainland and Lefkas.

Watch the video we made with our mast camera
Location:
Lefkas Bridge
Position:
Destination of the day:
Meganisi
Motoring
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
W

Trouble at the end of returning leg one

Today we had, compared with the previous days, a short sail.

We moored at Corfu Mandraki Harbour, the nice small marina just below the old fortress.

By mistake we got a mooring line in one of the props which was connected to an unused lazy line.

It took Uli and me about one hour of teamwork, to get everything sorted out.

Now we’re enjoying a great lunch at the marinas restaurant.

The trip will continue in about one weeks time with the leg through the Corinth Canal towards Athens.
Location:
Corfu
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
N

Back in Greece

Last night we had our last stop in Italy in St. Maria di Leuca with a great dinner on a rooftop terrasse having a seafood bouillabaisse.

Now we are on route to Othoni, our first stop back in Greece looking forward to my favorite greek dishes, which also will help us to save on budget as eating out in Italy got really expensive.
Location:
Adriatisches Meer
Position:
Destination of the day:
Othoni
Heading:
162°
Speed:
7 kn
Motoring
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
NW

Highspeed

This morning we started early to take advantage of the predicted south going current in the Straits of Messina.

With an average of 7.2 knots through water we reached close to 12 knots (11.8) over ground, that's what I call highspeed on a 38foot catamaran.

Now we are relaxing at the beautiful tiny Marina di Porto Bolaro, where we are again the only boat. Tonight there will be the opening of the new Pizzeria in the marina, with pizzas out of a specially designed wood fire oven.
Location:
Marina di Porto Bolaro
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
N

Laundry Day

If you ever want to go to the small island Vulcano at the Eolian islands, keep in mind that a lot of your clothes and in my case everything on the boat gets a smell of sulfur.

By now I had 6 loads of the laundry machines and I still have some stuff, that still smells, even though I washed some items several times!

Hopefully now my clothes will last for the next 6 weeks until I will be back to Kos, where Giannis Kosaris will take care of all my laundry.
Location:
Marina Capo d‘Orlando
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
NW
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