Monthly Archives: October 2008

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…

Introducing guestwriters: Le Patron & Muppet

After about a month of blogging, I am surprised by the the success and the warm reactions of my reader. Knowing that I do have my duties to my oath of finding my Holy Grail, I needed some help to keep satisfying my readers with this weblog. Two of my closest friend quickly offered their help: Muppet and Le Patron.

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Muppet is quite some guy with technology. He has a fine nose for finding the newest technology beyond the phase of nice to have only now it should work. He is the leading force behind finding plug-ins for this weblog (especially the Google Maps integration wasn’t possible without his help). And for my trip to Levkas I asked him to find me a decent and not to expensive GPS. After my trip he was able geocode my Nikon RAW files in an evening and that was the moment I thought he could contribute to this site. His first post will be about how he did that.

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When Le Patron heard about this, he immediately offered his help. Well, in normal circumstances I am quite able to say no. But you have to know he is the little king of the kitchen. And little kings of kitchens can have quite large knifes. So after some convincing arguments of Le Patron, I am proud to introduce him as a guest writer. His specialisation is the “Optimisation of Life Enjoyment” (OLE) and will post about the Wining and Dining of life. He has quite a attitude and is a sensitive guy so please don’t comment to harsh on his writings… I wouldn’t survive the second knife.

So long the introduction, next post of me will be about the first day of sailing the Ionian Sea.