Monthly Archives: January 2009

Sailing from Sivota to Frikes via Vasiliki

Today I will continue the log about the sailing trip I made in September 2008.

We sailed from Sivota to Frikes via Vasiliki on the 3rd and 4th day. I’ll combine these trips because the 3rd day we were mainly occupied by finding a good BBQ place for a group of 40 crazy dentists (we were making the trip not alon as you could remember). As we scoured the coastline to find a good spot, we had to it on the engine unfortunately. The next day was a little bit rainy although with excellent wind so we had a good sail but coldish weather. There we sailed from Vasiliki to Frikes, located on the mighty island Ithaca

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Day 3: From Sivota to Vasiliki

In the GPS track it is clearly visible ho we traced the every place available. All the landing stages we found in the first bay – called Ormos Afteli – were clearly privately held or not suitable to hold at least 8 yachts of 40 ft or more. The next bay was Ormos Ammousa and there we were more lucky with 3 public beaches. One was to small, the other one was very cosy with a nice restaurant and beach. I really would recommend this plae for lunch for everyone around and I hope I will come back there some time but it was unsuitable for a group BBQ. So we made a hit and run for the third.

The BBQ was made of everything available in Sivota and was a big success. We had bought all the one-off / throw away after use in all the supermarkets of Sivota. For the meat we had made a deal with a local restaurant and we received bags full of meat for a very fair price. I’m still wondering if there was one sheep left in Sivota after we sailed away.

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After leaving the small little beach and we rounded a little cape, we got a very good wind (about 20 knots) to sail the last part to Vasiliki. Below an impression of Vasiliki. Note the lightly built of the second floor of the houses as this region suffers sometimes from (light) earthquakes.

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Day 4: Vasiliki to Frikes

This was the first day we had excellent wind for the first time in the week, although the sun didn’t favor us today as is was still very chilly (about 18o C). We had to sail a close-hauled course and it was interesting to sea the different effects of the tactical decisions in navigation made by all the different yachts. Some people decided to tack in an early stage while others decided to wait as long as possible. Other just couldn’t stay on a close-hauled course and I won’t discuss them. We decided to stay on course as long as possible and that was at the end the best strategy. This because of the influence of the island on the wind (to be more specific, the friction of the land forces the wind to back due tot the Coriolis force). At the end we used the engine to round the small cape because we had to arrive first in Frikes and after the cape we could sail further. All this can be seen very clearly in the GPS plot in the map above.

Below an impression of Frikes, next post – about the trip from Frikes to Meganisi – more pictures.

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Ancient Places: Pula

Besides the Golden Fleece, Jason (that Jason from Jason and the Argonauts) took also the beautiful daughter of the king with him, called Medea. The Colchian people had off course to defend the honour of the king and a giant manhunt started. I think you could say the biggest manhunt in ancient times.

This quest went first across the Black Sea to the Danube, through the land currently known as Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. There they found a river going undergrounds ending in the Adriatic Sea close to Trieste (still you will be able to take this route, no myths with that). When the hunters arrived at the point of the peninsula of Istria at the end, they found it so beautiful, that they decided to halt. According to legend, they founded there Pula…

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When the Romans arrived in Pula around 177 BC, they put the city firmly on the map with impressive amphitheater, which still can be found today. It is the 6th largest Amphitheater of the world by the way. Remainings of the Romans can still be found in Pula, as you still have the old Forum and the Temple of Augustus (heritage of the Godenverering van keizers in de periode …).

I visited the city during my Croatian Cruisin’ in 2005. Below are some pictures I then took.

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