Gladlee of Guernsey
Departed Livadhi in
Serifos at 0600 for a long passage to Poros on the NE corner of the Pelopponese.
Fairly calm seas and very little wind. Arrived in Poros nearly 11 hours later.
Though very picturesque we decided not to go alongside the town quay due to the
constant wash from ferries and other traffic and headed further into the bay to
find an anchorage. Found a nice little bay just west of the west entrance/exit
and anchored overnight in 3.2 meters. Put the dingy in the water and cleaned the
hull and had dinner out on deck for the first time this year.
(61 miles covered)
anchorage in Ormos Poros at 0645 to head for the Corinth Canal. Again very calm
seas and virtually no wind. Arrived
at the canal control quay at 1245. Julie went and paid the fees (€93) and we
were into the canal within about 20 minutes. (Met up with “Miss Kiss” on the
control quay). Went from the canal
into Corinth Harbour where we found some changes from our last visit. Pontoons
placed in the harbour making limited space available for yachts. Tied up
alongside next to the water tap and filled up (slowly). Went to the Port Police
and eventually got our stamp and paid the mooring charges (about €4.5)
Good shopping as usual in the supermarket, butchers and fruit/veg shops.
Ate on board.
Departed Corinth at
0645 in calm conditions. Moored alongside in Trizonia at 1625 having motored all
the way. Just short on 50 miles. Julie dived on S/Y "Kama", a later model Seahawk
(Tom and Jilly) to check out their prop shaft for net/lines.
In Trizonia for the
day. Took a walk to the beach on the west side of the island. No birdlife but we
did come across a tortoise.
Still in Trizonia.
Took another walk up past the rubbish dump and round the loop back into the
6th May. Departed Trizonia at 0735 in light easterly winds. Heading for
Messalongion. Winds picked up
during the day and apart from the first hour we then sailed under the Genoa for
the rest of the day. Decided to miss out on Messalongian and continued round to
Ormos Oxia where we anchored. Thought this was going to be uncomfortable so
continued on a further seven miles to Nisos Petalas where we had virtually no
wind and a pleasant nights anchorage.
Departed Petalas at
1055 heading for Sivota (Levkas). Tried to sail and managed 45 minutes before
the wind died. Arrived at Sivota at 1650 and anchored in the bay. Not many
yachts in at this time of year, unlike last time we were there. Ate out at ‘No
Problem’ Taverna (Julie pork souvlaki and Ron chicken fillet).
Departed Sivota at
1050 and headed round the island for Nidri and Vlikho. Anchored in Vlikho bay
towards the bottom end at 1305. (3rd attempt before the anchor set).
Used the Internet Café to catch up on things from afar.
Took the dinghy to
Nidri and had a potter around. Had
a couple of beers. Got petrol for the outboard and Julie had her hair cut. Ate
Again took the
dinghy to Nidri and watched football (Notts Forest against Sheffield United).
Few beers and back on board. Went
to Dimitri Taverna in Vlikho for dinner (Ron pork chop and Julie Mousaka)
Still in Vlikho to
celebrate Rons birthday. Sunday brunch done by Julie (bacon, eggs, beans,
tomatoes and Bucks Fizz). Out to
Nidri in the afternoon to watch Chelsea v Liverpool in the last Premiership
games of the season.
Moved up to Levkas
town quay. Refuelled on the town quay (the fuel station in the marina is not yet
operational). Walked through town, shopped and confirmed with Joe Charlton for
work tomorrow. Ate on board. Chinese Pork.
In Levkas. Filled
the water tank, did laundry, had the seawater pump taken off and all seals
replaced (€58), did an oil change, replaced the bolt on the alternator
bracket. Internet café in the afternoon. Ate on board. Pork steaks with apricot
Departed Levkas in
time to get the 07.00 bridge (nearly mowed down by some French guys) and headed
up to Paxoi. Flat calm conditions so motored all the way. Decided to pass by
Gaios and headed to the anchorage on the north point, Lakka. Very good anchorage
in crystal clear water. Anchored in about 4.0mtrs. Invited for drinks with
Alastair and Joan on "Campari Chaser" (31ft Moody).
approx 07.30 and headed for Gouvia Marina. A little bit of swell from the NW
indicating some wind up that way (as forecast)
Booked in for 3 days to sit out the forecasted winds before heading off.
Shopped in a wonderful supermarket, ate on board but out to watch
football in a nearby bar (Arches) – Sheff Utd v Notts Forest in the second leg
of the play off. (our tab in the
bar was named ‘Sheffield United’ as they didn’t know our names!)
Played at tourists
and spent the day sightseeing in Corfu town. Pleasant town.
We walked round the seafront area to the old Byzantine fortress and had a
good look inside. Very hot and
tiring. Went to the harbour area
and had lunch in the ‘Black Cat’ restaurant before checking-out the
authorities. Found out that the
office in the marina would be open the following day so no problem there.
A few jobs onboard,
washed down etc. Got a stamp in our Depka no problem in the end, destination
Preveza! FA Cup Final at the Arches
Bar in the afternoon followed by drinks on board "Angelique" Lillian and
Left early and
motored up the channel between Corfu and Albania. No wind to start with but picked up as we approached Othoni
Island. Just avoided a shallow
patch before entering the harbour and dropped anchor in the middle in about 3m.
A couple of other yachts came in but went alongside the quay.
Very windy so did
nothing all day.
Left early on the
20th as the wind had begun to drop and turn to the south, and we
motored all the way to Otranto in Italy. The
allotted space on the quay was full of police boats so we managed to go bows to
at the end and take a large mooring line. A few other yachts came in and dropped anchors and we were
eventually asked to do the same as the mooring line belonged to a fishing boat.
No problem but worried about getting the anchor up, helped in by pain of
an old man wanting money for his help. Walked
in to town, a walled town which turned out quite pleasant.
Got some meat and checked e-mails (before internet connection was lost)
and had our first rather expensive beer in the old town.
Useful to still be using the same currency.
21st May. Left at 0515 (the clocks now are one hour different) in a flat calm and tried to check out where the firing ranges were. Found one of them when we saw smoke and plumes of water a couple of miles behind us! Arrived Brindisi at 1320 and asked if we could moor at the yacht club but they said they were full (though the next boat was allowed in!) so we went alongside just by the fuel berth by another couple of yachts. Later we were asked to move as some fishing boats were coming in and tied up alongside the other side near the monument next to "Teka III" (Denis and Mary).
22nd – 24th
alongside the wall in Brindisi next to "Teka III" and then also with "Sea Scape"
(John and Joan) and "Liljana" (Salah and Liljana) the two other American power
boats. During this time managed to get up to date with all the shopping, had a
look round the town and found a cheap bar (€2 – 0.66cl beer).
at 0755 to head for Dubrovnik on an overnight passage. At first the weather/sea
was quite rough especially just off Brindisi but we were confident that it would
not get any worse so carried on. As expected during the course of the day the
weather eased. Nothing significant on passage.
Arrived Dubrovnik (Gruz)
at 0845 and went stern to the ‘marina’ quay next to the customs berths.
Managed to check into Croatia with no problems. Cost of one year cruising permit
was approx £130. All the officials we met were very friendly and helpful. Spent
the day checking out the local facilities, bars etc and also the bus service to
Sarajevo for our planned trip to see Sandra, Miro and the girls.
At 1030 we moved
out of Gruz and went up the river to the ACI Marina. Stopped at the fuel berth
first to top up then into the marina. Surprised to meet up with "Miss Vicky" who
we had met three years ago in Rocella Ionica.
Ate out in the marina restaurant.
28th May. Took the bus into Dubrovnik so that we could do our tourist bit. Had a
really quite nice day and walked the walls of old Dubrovnik. Also managed to
find an Internet Café so caught up with all our messages etc.
An early start from
the marina to get to the bus station for 0745. Caught the coach to Sarajevo
departing at 0800 (cost about £23 each return). This turned out to be a really
nice trip through some wonderful countryside. The down side of the trip was
seeing so much war damage still very evident especially in places like Mostar.
Sarajevo itself still has considerable damage also with the old dividing line
still much in evidence by the amount of damage either side. Met by Sandra and
Miro at the bus station on arrival with big hugs all round. Drove off to
‘Republika Serbska’ on the east of the city to their house. Though
unfinished they are working hard to get things done and Miro has a number of
ideas about it. Met the girls, Jvanna and Jellena?? who turned out to be real
sweeties. Stayed in Sarajevo until 1st June and had a really great
time. The old city is very much like Turkey with the influence coming from the
Ottoman and Turkish control of the area for long periods of time. Had a nice
afternoon out at ‘Mum’s’ house in the countryside followed by a very nice
Travelled back to
Dubrovnik on 1st June (See next months log) .