Sailing from Frikes to Vathi

Frikes

Frikes, the nice cosy little city on Nisos Ithaca. Ithaca, for me an island I can’t compare to one else. The connection with Homer, Odyssey and all places found on the island mentioned in the saga. An island with so many mythical and historical associations, amazing!

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After our croissant and coffee at the local café, we had time to walk around for a quick impression. Frikes is nice place set at the bottom of a steep and wooded valley. The village is of comparatively recent origin as villages were not commonly built by the sea prior to the 18th and 19th centuries because of risk of pirate attacks (it was called Little Somalia at that time). In fact the name of the village may be derived from the pirate Frikon who used it as a base according to some local sources.

The village consists of several tavernas, it has a small supermarket and there a still some ruins of old windmills. These can be seen from the sea and are good landmarks. There is supply of water on the quay and for non-sailors there is a connection with Vassiliki through a ferry.

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One thing you have to know of the harbour of Frikes is that 2 – 4 times a day a giant swell passes by. This wave is caused by a large ferry which passes miles away. I saw this day several ships heavily damaged by the force of this wave.

The Route

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We left the island after lunch and there was a fair speed of wind which made us decide to circle a little bit in front of Frikes. There we were able to make pictures of all the ships under sail.

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For several days we had watched the weather forecast closely. There was a cold front above Italy and slowly moving into our direction. Today halfway to Vathi on Nisos Meganisi we would meet eachother.

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As you can sea in the GPS plot, we met made several tacks under the shadow of the island Arkoudhi. Here we saw pass the cold front just ahead of us. By waiting just a short time, we kept it quite dry on board, while the other ships went for the full shower ( At this moment, more then 6 months later, they still speak about that shower). While waiting the front to pass, we saw also quite a big windhose close to the coast. Warm water and a cold air just makes that happen. After the passing of the front, we had at least no rain while sailing, although the visibility was still cloudy.

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After this front passed the weather changed into the good. Finally the summer arrived in our week of sailing (it was on thursday, hope it will never come that late again.

Vathi

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At around 17:00 we arrived at Vathi on Nisos Meganisi

Statistics

And finally, as you know from me, the numbers, the analysis of numerous amounts of data, being calculated in the late hours…

Track Speed Polar Speed VMG

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Ok, ok, it was with the help of OceanPilot and I still have to work out what it exactly means.

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