First day of sailing: Lefkas to Kalamos

First of all Lefkas is no island at all, as it is connected to the mainland and divided by a man-made canal. The first mention of the canal between Lefkas and the mainland – making it technical an island you could argue – is by Thucydides in the 7th century BC. He also mentions the silting of the canal up to the point ships were not able to pass it anymore in 427 BC. This was for quite some time and over time the Romans, Byzantines and Venetians have repaired the use of the canal under their rule. The present canal is built by the Greek in 1905. Recently the canal has been widened and dredged though for what purpose no-one is quite sure.

Furthermore the architecture is kind of interesting. As the island does have some regular earthquakes (the last major one was on August 14th in 2003 with a measured force of 6.4) they build only the groundfloor of stone and on top of that only light materials. Church towers are also of a distinctive construction to make it “earthquake-proof”.

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These images could give some ghetto feeling like the buildings in the slops of Kaapstad, Rio or some African / United States’ cities. But that is more my kind of making photographs back in 2004 (the real way: with film)

En route…

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After leaving the marina you enter the discussed canal. Sailing here is not allowed and you have to obey a maximum cruising speed of 4 knots. This canal is also used as a landing area for the water airplane from Corfu so you should have a look to the air sometimes although the roaring of this plane is difficult to ignore.

When we left the canal we took a sharp turn to the left, put our anchor in the water and it was time to lunch. After lunch we did continue to motor in the direction of Kalamos.

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Meanwhile I was able to take some shots of the cities Mytikas on the Mainland

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After rounding the island finally some wind came up and we were able to sail the remaining trip. After 4 years I was back at Kalamos again.

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Analysis

With the help of OceanPilot the first day has been analyzed and below are the results.

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The first graph shows the speed along the track, the second provides the speed over time (you can easily see were we used the engine and were we have sailed), the third the speed over the direction and the last one is speed over Velocity Made Good (VMG). I have to find out how VMG exactly is calculated and what on earth is the use of it. That something for later anyway, meanwhile just have a look at it.

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