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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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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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