We spent a day with our lovely friends from London who happened to be holidaying in Cephalonia this week. It was great for Tyrii to catch up with a classmate and for us to catch up on the latest London news. We had a great meal out and went for an all day sail the next morning. We anchored in a quiet little bay for a swim and some lunch on board and then headed back into Argostoli. It was a wonderful day and sad to say goodbye!
Last night we all had an early night and a good sleep and now we are ready to depart to Italy! The wind forecast is good, a gentle 3 to 4 beaufort right on our beam and we should be there in about 48 hours.
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We are in beautiful Cephalonia. Today we’re in Argostoli, from here we plan to check out of Greece and head across the Ionian Sea to Italy. We enjoyed a few beautiful stops on the way here. After Oxia, we sailed to Cephalonia and spent two nights on anchor in Katelios. The bay was like a huge private swimming pool with shallow turquoise water, plenty of little reefs and gorgeous views. The boys couldn’t get enough of snorkelling and swimming. We have a few London friends arriving on the island on Sunday and would like to catch up with them before we leave Greece early next week. We also need to stock up the boat and get it ready for our first crossing. It is a small crossing compared to what is yet to come but nonetheless it is good practice for us! It will probably take us about 48 hours to get across to Italy and we will take turns doing 3 to 4 hour shifts. Exciting!
We are anchored in a little bay on Oxia, a small island in the Gulf of Patras. Last night we stayed in a beautiful bay in Trizonia and today we sailed through the Gulf of Corinth. Actually, we motored mainly as there has been very little wind the last few days. The Gulf Of Corinth joins the Gulf of Patras under The Rion-Andirrion suspension bridge. According to our pilot book it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It was pretty cool to sail under it!
As soon as we were anchored, we tied some sternlines to the rocks and went snorkelling. After dinner Aeneas wanted do some fishing and in literally 2 minutes caught his first fish ! It was a sea bream but only a baby one so we threw it back in the water.
We’ve been living on the boat for a month and a half now and it really is starting to feel like home. Tyrii still misses some ‘London things’ like his favourite delivery pizza and some of the foods we can’t get here but all in all the boys seem very happy and Greece has been wonderful so far!
Passing through the Corinth Canal was spectacular. It is a short canal, only 3.2 miles long and quite narrow with high vertical walls on each side. Apparently it is the one of the most expensive canals per mile in the world. It cost us 200 euros!!
There was no wind today so once we left the canal we motored all the way to a little bay and town called Galixidhi. It sounds like a town from an Asterix cartoon. It is beautiful with a cathedral and an old town and centuries ago it used to be a prosperous port until it was conquered by the Turks. Today it only offers shelter to a few yachts and it is no longer used as a commercial port.
We saw a large group of dolphins on the way here which was very exciting but they didn’t come over to play despite the boys tapping the side of the hull to call them over…
entrance to the Corinth Canal
inside the Corinth Canal
We are anchored in a little bay 5 NM south of the Corinth canal. Today’s sail couldn’t have been any better. There was a gentle breeze right on our port stern and we decided to launch the kite. It was the most pleasant sail so far. So we decided to go a bit further than planned. We had a lovely dinner on board and some time to chill before bed. Life is good.
We had a great day in Athens. We headed into town in the afternoon and headed first to the Akropolis. Tyrii couldn’t believe those buildings are 4000 years old. Amazing. Next we saw the houses of parliament, the temple of Zeus, the Stadium and finally a hilltop with an amazing view over the city. Today, after two nights in the marina, we are ready to head West again to make our way towards the Corinth Canal.
Houses of Parliament
Temple of Zeus
Amazing view over the city
We’re in Athens! What a change from those quiet anchorages! But it nice to get into civilisation again. It was pouring down earlier. As we entered the marina there were big thunderstorms on the horizon and as soon as we were moored up it started raining. Now it is all dry again and the evening is lovely and cool. We admired the big mega yachts that are here with tenders bigger than our boat! Tomorrow we plan to head into town for some sight-seeing…
Great sail today from Siros to Kea. It was blowing 25 knots true on the beam and the boat handled it great and we all loved it ! We left after our morning snorkelling and arrived here mid afternoon. The boys couldn’t wait to get back into the water as soon as we got here. They love snorkelling and checking out what it looks like below the sea level . Tyrii also likes to go and check whether the anchor is properly wedged in. Tomorrow we are heading towards Athens and that means saying goodbye to those lovely Greek Islands …
I can’t believe it’s been only a week since we left Marmaris. We’ve done quite a few Greek islands in one week: Simi, Yiali, Levitha, Patmos, Fournio and Tinos.
We arrived in Tinos before sunset after a long day sailing, parked up Mediterranean style (anchor with stern lines to the quay) and settled down for the evening. It was a great day sailing, breezy and the wind came from the right direction. The boat handled it perfectly and comfortably. The boys were happy playing games, listening to music and helping steering the boat. Today we are having a rest-day and will just sail over to the next bay to anchor up and do some snorkelling. We haven’t seen any shops for the last few days so first we need to stock up on supplies. We are still ok for diesel and our watermaker has been doing a great job topping up the watertanks.
This is such a fantastic sail area, islands everywhere, plenty of choice and variety. One could easily spend a few months here but unfortunately we don’t have that luxury as we have to start making our way out of the Med. We should be in Athens in a week or so and then through the Corinth Canal.
Boys having a private conversation
Getting ready to host the main sail
Anchoring Med style, tying stern lines to the rocks
Checking the anchor holding
Aeneas loves snorkelling
Anchored in Yiali with our buddy boat
Dinner in a small taverna in Fournio
Our view from the restaurant, beautiful anchorage in Fournio
Playing with lego while we are sailing
A little bit of school work
Tyrii steering the boat
Our progress yesterday. I’m loving the Navionics Apps on the iPad !
We’re in Patmos today . We’ve been doing a different island every day. After Simi we stopped in Yiali and in Levitha. Levitha is a very remote island with only a lighthouse keeper and a few fishermen as residents.
Yesterday it was quite windy and the sea state was quite rough and short but the boat handled it really well. Today the sea was flat again with a gentle breeze. We had to say goodbye to our buddy boat yesterday which was really sad as we spent a fantastic two weeks together!