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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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Day 2: Sailing from Kalamos to Sivota

Big City Kalamos

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Kalamos is just such a very relaxed, low speed, easy island. The name Kalamos is said to be coming from reeds. If you see the stony island, you know for sure there has to be some very distant explanation for that.

Some people argue that the origins from the name of the island came from the inhabitants flewn from the mainland from a more swampy area. But a more mythological explanation might also be true. This story would make the island named to a son of the ancient God Maiandros (God of the Maeander river), this guy was called Kalamos. In my eyes the island therefore being the home of a god.

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First day of sailing: Lefkas to Kalamos

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The first day we left Nisos Lefkas (Nisos means island in Greek), Lefkas City or Lefkada to be more specific, with as destination Nisos Kalamos about eleven hour. The weather was cloudy and no wind at all. Therefore we knew we had to use the engine for the biggest part of the trip. The distance is about 20 nautical Miles (1 nM is about 1.852 km) and with a cruising speed of 5 knots of our yacht Yannis it would take us about 4 hours to get there.

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Trip from Lefkas to Kalamos in Google Earth, waypoints for the harbours and where we anchored for lunch and one for the city Mytikas

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View on Nisos Kalamos from the direction of Lefkas

First two trivial facts about Lefkas…

Pregnant from Greece

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Back from sailing the Ionian Sea. A week with the perfect combination of sailing, learning, ouzing (which is the verbal form of drinking Ouzo – soon to be found in the Webster dictionary), dining and some nice and spectacular variations in the weather.

Now I am trained in anchoring the Greek small and shallow harbours. I have a better understanding of the influence of sea and islands on wind, weather, rain and windwhirls. My love for the easy way of living around the Middle Sea has been revived – call it Greek, Turkish, Italian I don’t care, just call it ancient (“Wow John, I really had an ancient weekend last week” ).

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Is this ancient feeling – as I will call it from now – the mix of the eating fèta, olives, fresh fish, the drinking of ouzo’s and good coffee or beong in this climate: sun, wind, islands offering the refreshing dives into the sea?

On top of that I do know now how it feels to be pregnant.

So many ideas burbled this week inside my stomach or better my virtual womb about ancient places; ancient babes, experiences and the possible trips & itenaries – the first being more the physical thing the latter more metaphysical. And the enormous urge to give birth to all of this ASAP. No normal working day at the office anymore.

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The first of my births will be posting the logs of the trip across Lefkas, Kalamos and Ithaca with some stories about the islands, a lot of pictures and off course the full Google Earth integration for which I am famous now ;-).

But the most remarkable thing of this week, one of things I am most happy with, would be that I might have found my Argo… I could have found my ship to sail the Ancient Coasts of the Mediterrean to find my Holy Grail. So much more fun when all things fit together.

But first things first, coming weeks I will give birth to the posts about Lefkas, Kalamos, Sivota, Vasiliki, Frikes and Vathi on Meganisi, the cities in the playground of my old friend Odysseus aka Ulysses.

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On va rouler

Bought the marine chart (Greece | Ionian | The Inland Sea G121) for sailing around in the Lefkas area next week.

Published by Imray Tetra, so probably there are some copyright on the picture below, so please don’t tell them and buy your carts from them :-)

As I know the area already – I have sailed there 2 times earlier – every place on the chart provides me a little nice electrical twinkle…