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Nomós Kefallinías

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  • Day3

    Having checked the weather forecast for today, at one point it suggested rain but fortunately it was wrong because the weather turned out to be just right ... bright and sunny with very pleasant temperatures. For sailing, the wind was great in the morning but virtually non-existent in the afternoon.

    The day, then, started with the standard morning briefing where the destination is set and the sea conditions given. Then, having taken breakfast in a small restaurant, it was back to Rincewind to prepare to leave. This didn't take long at all and Rob was really excited when he was given the opportunity to take the helm to steer the yacht from its moorings and out to sea. In no time at all the boat was in open water and the sails were raised.

    It turned out to be a great morning sailing with a steady wind (yesterday it kept changing direction) and the yacht maintaining a really good speed. At times waves broke over the bow and you really felt like you were moving. Penny & Tom commented this was probably the best wind they'd had in Greece and maybe this was helped by the fact they were sailing in open water - as the course changed southward the wind died down.

    At lunchtime Penny & Tom knew of a quiet little bay to anchor for lunch and this is just what they did. Lunch consisted of Greek salad, nibbles and rum punch ... it really is a hard life!

    Penny decided to go swimming and commented how warm the water felt, once you were in. Rob spent some time feeding a shoal of fish with some bread left over from the meal and Alan & Tom just spent the time relaxing.
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  • Day3

    Having upped anchor and motored out from the bay it appeared the wind had almost died away to nothing, so the only option was to continue with engine power.

    The sea conditions were calm and with little breeze, other than that created by the movement if the boat, Tom and Rob decided it was a perfect opportunity to test fly the drone from a moving vessel.

    They decided a good take-off spot was towards the front of the yacht and set-up there, but this turned out not to be such a good idea. The drone didn't cope well with fact that it's take-off spot moved and this confused it completely. It wizzed off towards the rear of the boat, collided simultaneously with Rob and the mast, stopped it's rotors and sulked, which is pretty much what Rob and Tom did as they collected the drone and checked it was okay. It was.

    It turns out that it's really hard to fly a drone from a moving boat so after a bit of analysis it was decided it wasn't a good idea given the chances of it ending up in the sea were quite high. So the rest of the journey was simply chilling out until it was time to prepare Rincewind for her mooring. That went perfectly and with everything in place it was once again time for a G&T. It seems to be a ritual one simply has to do, you know.

    So, still no sunset and not even the slightest evidence of some bloke with an eye patch and parrot. Maybe tomorrow then, Jim lad!
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  • Day4

    Sailing to Ithaki

    October 3 in Greece

    Today the weather forecast was nothing to write a blog about. It was dull and cloudy and a suggestion of rain, though there was none whilst on the High Seas - which weren't high at all of course, given the absence of any wind. This meant the engine ran continuously and the sails remained stowed away. It wasn't exactly cold but Alan did feel the wind chill a little but even so, he enjoyed the gentle cruising across and around to Big Vathy, the next port of call for the night. At one point in the day they sailed through a relatively narrow channel, which was fun.

    It's amazing how the days are slipping by. Penny and Tom had said it wasn't going to be a problem but even on this quiet day sailing-wise, Rob's fears of boardom proved to be unfounded and in no time at all the crew of Rincewind had eased the yacht into her mooring and were relaxing with that G&T, with ice and a slice of course ... and the added bonus of a torrential downpour to end the day.

    Before the evening meal there was time for a little window shopping in the town ... Alan purchased a fleece jacket (just in case) and Rob a fridge magnet for his growing collection. They discovered a lovely restaurant with excellent food then returned to Rincewind to end the day. Penny had packed some pineapple fairy lights and these were attached to the sun hood, together with that green-theme lantern Rob used in the tent in Scotland.

    The pirates continued to be marked by their absence and still no sunset ... but there's still time of course!
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  • Day5

    Leaving Ithaki

    October 4 in Greece

    The weather forecasts for the region have continually given the impression that every sort of weather could be expected at varying times of any day. Rain, wind, calm, thunderstorms and in whatever combination you choose. The only exception was snow - all the weather apps agreed on this - there would none, at any time!

    Rob decided to believe the suggestion that the day would begin clear and warm, so he peered outside about 45 minutes before sunrise to see if there might be an opportunity for some photography ... and there was. He collected his gear together (having got dressed of course) and quietly left the boat and headed down the quayside in search of a decent composition. It was quite peaceful in the morning light, setting up the tripod and trying different angles - a boat here, or there, or that angle or this but all too soon the sun was up and the light had changed, so Rob headed back for a coffee just as the others were getting up.

    After the morning briefing/breakfast in a nearby bar-restaurant it was time to leave. The weather was perfect and promised to stay like that for the whole day so, in the warm morning sun and on calm blue waters, Rincewind glided along through fabulous scenery towards the open sea.
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  • Day595

    Sami on Cephalonia

    December 1 in Greece

    OK so we are getting closer every trip to our Christmas 🎄 stopover location of Lefkas Marina on Lefkas. After waiting out a couple of days of high winds up in Messolonghi, we headed south down the channel to the open water. I had eaten ginger, taken tablets and was wearing my anti seasick bands all it turns out for no reason, there was a little chop but as we stayed in the shallow water as we headed west along the coast it didn’t amount to much. We then hugged Oxia island and headed slightly north to Ormos Petalas, a large shallow lagoon as more winds expected, and they did arrive so we stayed two nights and one day with only distant lights for company while winds howled around us. Sea didn’t pick up but that was probably because we were anchored in only 8 foot of water.
    On 30th November we continued the trip west, again it was a lot more pleasant than expected with the sun coming out for most of it, 4hours later we arrived in Sami harbour and found 2fishing boats and 1 other yacht. Ludwig the Danish owner of the other yacht a steel self build is off home on Monday leaving his boat alongside on the quay. We were a bit dubious but he has been cruising the Northern Ionian for 5years and all the locals know him and he assures us they will watch his boat for him.
    Today we walked to the main sites near the harbour, the Paleokastro and Antes Fanentes two sites from ancient Sami an Acropolis and church respectively. The last photo is of the walking trail backdown to town, it didn’t feel very Greek.
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  • Day597

    Fiskardo, northern Cephalonia

    December 3 in Greece

    Travelled from Sami up the Ithaca Channel to the pretty little harbour of Fiskardo. By all accounts it’s a very popular yachtie stop, and we can understand why just glad we visited in December and appeared to be the only visitors. Did a couple of walks one through the Cypress trees to the south the other to the lighthouses on the headland The older, Venetian lighthouse is now in a private houses garden, how awesome would that be? Scenery was stunning, sorry no photos as took camera not iPad. This morning on another walk, this time to the northwest, where we saw loads of toadstools I even managed a quick skinny dip, bonus of being the only ones around, bays and coves were lovely, water was beautiful aquamarine and surrounding rock is flinty so lovely smooth white pebbles, idyllic. In the photo of the town on the left you can see a yellow house with blue shutters it’s for sale and is the one John wants!Read more

  • Day398

    Wer hätte gedacht das es solch große Schildkröten in Griechenland gibt. Unfassbar hätte sie noch stundenlang weiter beobachten können. 😍 Übrigens gibts hier keine Quallen, da sie von den Schildkröte gefressen werden😎

    Die Stadt war wirklich toll, viele kleine Läden und Cafes. Nach einem längeren Auswahlverfahren sind wir im besten Eiskaffee der Stadt gelandet - was ein Leckeres Crepe 😊

    Ein schöner Landgang bei milden Temperaturen.
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  • Day464

    Agostoli on Cephalonia

    July 23 in Greece

    On our way from Pessades to Argostoli we visited Nisis Vardhianoi, off to the West of the bay entrance, for a swim and a look round, as seems to be the case in most of the inaccessable spots in Greece there was a chapel of sorts though unlike many of the others we have seen it was not well looked after. On the island there was also a wreck, John thinks it’s from around 2-3 years ago but boat was about 50 years old, photos attached both of wreck and flora etc we found on the island.Argostoli although apparently being the capital was a fairly quiet town, inhabitants all very friendly. The coastguard that we spoke to when we registered explain that he worked too many hours for too little money, so did the lady in the laundry and the shopkeeper, it seems to be a common problem. While there one morning we met a Brit who was spending his holiday helping a local charity monitor the loggerhead turtles 🐢. He explained that they tended to come into harbour early morning to see the fisherman when they brought their catches in. So that’s our goal for tomorrow morning.Read more

  • Day461

    Ithica to Cephalonia

    July 20 in Greece

    We arrived in Vathi, the main town I think, on Ithaca it is in a large bay but is not that sheltered from the prevailing wind, as the wind comes down over the hills, though as it’s a bay there is no fetch for the waves so not too rough mostly choppy. We have for 30mins so far been watching 2 other yachts trying to moor up stern to in strong ‘beam on’ wind, we just decided it would be easier to anchor so we were settled after 5 mins. More and more yachts arriving so our afternoons entertainment is sorted!😉
    Instead of one night on mainland we ended up spending 2 while we waited for a storm, well probably more like very high winds, on the western coast of Cephalonia to drift away offshore. From Astakos we went to Pagania, the sheltered inlet I mentioned in last post only to find there were other boats there! Well Really! but it was OK they were quiet neighbours, the occupants of one boat spent the afternoon and early evening looking for shellfish and then laying a net. Needless to say they were French.😂. The noisiest things were the cow and goat bells in the early evening and morning. From there we headed over to a truly small inlet on Dhragonera island, see photo of chart plotter, the inlet would have fitted 6Take Fives in total 3 side by side and two rows, we reversed in and had stern lines ashore on both sides we arrived before the afternoon winds so lots of time for me to swim the lines ashore, the island is uninhabited except for goats, so very peaceful.
    Vathi on Ithaca was really quite nice, the write up in the pilot book didn’t do it justice, as it called the houses pale concrete squares, this was because the earthquake in 1953 had destroyed all the earlier architecture and none of the new builds were more than 2stories so as to be earthquake proof, but I thought they looked lovely and the town was small and largely pedestrianised. We ate ashore and John unsurprisingly had another lamb dish Keflitki, I had seafood pasta, both were very good. The following morning more shopping and then off to Cephalonia, the location of ‘Captain Corelli Mandolin’ a good mildly informative read. Sadly our first anchorage option wasn’t very sheltered, so we headed on towards Pessades, today has been a long cruise compared to previous weeks in Greece we were cruising for 6.5 hours. Pessades is another quiet anchorage with a small cafe on the headland final photo.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nomós Kefallinías, Nomos Kefallinias, Κεφαλονιά, Kefalonia

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