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  • Day69

    Skorpios J Kennedy Beach

    June 4 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Lefkada to Jacqueline Kennedy Beach. A short trip to Skorpios to find the Onassis islands prohibited to anchor. An engine around the island and finally we found an anchorage on Jacqueline Kennedy beach. Narrow anchorage - apparently only allowed during the day time. Many fish swimming around GypsyDjango - great for photoshoots 🥹

    10.56nm 2:45:21
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  • Sep15

    Vathy to Gidaki to Meganisi Rementinou

    September 15, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    This island is so lovely. We sailed past Gidaki and then to Meganisi to find a quiet bay. The water was turquoise and beautiful in Gidaki. Would love to have stayed but need to head north towards Lefkada.Read more

  • Day69

    Meganisi Remintou

    June 4 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Jacqueline Kennedy Beach to Meganisi Remintou. Crazy sailing conditions with a perfect anchorage stern to amongst cheering from all aboard. The wind definitely picks up in the afternoons. So excited as we return to one of our favorite islands and favorite bay. Paul changing tack from Nydri to Meganisi. Dangerous underground rocks not properly charted along the way made it an even more interesting sail.

    A beautiful bay, gorgeous sunset and magical sunrise with an early run to the bay next door.
    5.55nm 1:19:24
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  • Day8

    25 SM nach Meganisi

    June 2 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Da unser Wasservorrat zu Neige geht und wir ein paar Einkäufe erledigen wollen legen wir einen Stopp in Kioni ein. Volkmar darf Anlegen üben und beim zweiten Versuch klappt es auch hervorragend. Der deutsche Segler, der uns beim Anlegen hilft, erklärt uns, dass seiner Meinung nach Kioni das schönste Dorf der Ionischen Inseln ist. Nach einem Gang durch den kleinen Ort schließen wir uns seiner Meinung an. Offenbar denken viele Segler ähnlich, denn obwohl es erst Mittag ist, füllt sich der Hafen schnell. Wasser bekommen wir für fünfzehn Euro mit einem dicken Schlauch ans Boot geliefert. Der Supermarkt ist zwar klein, hat aber ein sehr gutes Angebot. Fisch gibt's leider keinen, Adriane findet aber ein Restaurant in dem wir schöne große frische Garnelen bekommen. Auch in diesem Ort hätten wir gerne die Nacht verbracht, nutzen aber statt dessen den schönen Wind und segeln in den Norden von Meganisi und wollen dort in der Atherinos Bay ankern. Die Bucht ist ziemlich voll und die Ankerketten der mit Landleinen vor den Ufern liegenden Booten ragen weit in die die Bucht, so dass wir keinen Ankerplatz finden, an dem wir ausreichend Kette stecken können. Wir wollen eh lieber unsere Scampis in Ruhe grillen und verlagern deshalb in die östliche Bucht, wo wir den Anker werfen und das Boot mit Landleinen sichern.
    Heute gibt's die Garnelen von unserem Bordgrill und Sabine zaubert dazu Pellkartoffeln mit leckeren Dipps.
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  • Day7

    Last Full Day

    October 2, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Once more the crew rise to warm and sunny weather with breakfast at the same restaurant as last night. This really is a beautiful spot with clear water rippling onto the beach of tiny stones. Rob couldn't resist an arty shot with the different blues and the orange buoy. You can see an expensive boat anchored in the bay too, though that was nowhere near as big as the ship that passed by a little later. A helicopter on board too ... we wondered how much that lot cost to purchase and run. What do you reckon?

    The fourth photo in this footprint is of a strange boat indeed. A first reaction was 'Pirates!' but it was in fact a tub full of tourists on an excursion who, after a commentary from a guide, all spilled out onto the jetty to deposit their cash into the local economy. Life back to normal then!

    There wasn't far to sail today so there was no rush, though 'sail' is a bit of an optimistic term given there was still virtually no wind. Lunch was at the same bay as on the last day three years ago. There were more yachts there this time but even so, it is still a great place to chill and allow one's senses to absorb the scenic panorama and the warmth of the day. Then, reluctantly, the engine was started, the anchor raised and Harmonia began its final leg of the trip towards its home port.
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  • Day6

    Another Hard Day Afloat

    October 1, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On the way to Vathi yesterday, Rob had taken the helm for quite a time during afternoon and also berthed the yacht at its mooring - he really enjoyed that it has to be said.

    Once again this overnight port had been chosen because of the threat of high winds overnight but, as before, they never materialised. It did rain during the night though, but by morning the blue skies and sunshine had returned.

    The mooring was quite a walk from the town and too far for Alan to manage, but the restaurant had been close by (pretty much all there was there actually) and the meal was pleasant enough. Today though, the restaurant was closed so a visit to the town was needed to get breakfast and lunch supplies.

    Penny & Tom planned to take the dinghy but following outboard motor issues, they decided to cross the harbour in the yacht instead and moor-up near the shops. This went smoothly and in no time the supplies were on board and it was time to set sail.

    The journey to the next port followed the pattern of very light winds and plenty of time to relax.

    The lunchtime stop was really nice too, at a small bay with only one other yacht there - another from our flotilla. Penny, Tom and the pineapple took to the water as usual but before they did, everyone spent time looking for tuna, which the other family had spotted just as we arrived. Tom and Rob saw one swim close to the boat but they were hard to spot and Penny saw none whilst she was in the water.

    The penultimate stop tonight was at Spartochori which we knew was a lovely location because it was one of the stopovers during the sailing trip in 2018. This time Alan was at the helm to park the boat and did a splendid job of it too. In the evening it was another group meal with everyone seated at a big long table. Rob, Alan, Penny & Tom ended up at one end next to Lou and Dylan, the flotilla leaders. It was really interesting to chat with them and all too soon it was time to return to the yacht. How come time goes so quickly?
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  • Sep24

    Ithaki Exo Aetou to Meganisi Rementinou

    September 24, 2021 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Back to a very special bay on our 30k run island and this time no running to be done. The girls loved the bay. You never know what people will appreciate. The trip is almost over and then we will be off to Italy.Read more

  • Day6

    Little Vathy, Meganisi

    October 5, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today brought excellent weather once again with the forecast predicting virtually no wind - wrong again.

    The briefing and breakfast were in the beach restaurant, where the meal was held the night before, but there wasn't very far to go today so the aim was to use the engine to once again find somewhere to stop for lunch and a swim. Essentially, this is what happened but before long the wind increased, the sails were raised and the engine turned off. You can see from the route for today that far more time was spent at sea than the day promised according to the forecast. The sailing was great in fact.

    The wind had disappeared after the stop for lunch and a swim (Rob wasn't such a wimp this time) so the engine was used to cruise to Little Vathy to end the day.

    The evening was once again a group meal but with pre-dinner drinks provided by the floatilla Captain and his wife ... though it's probably more accurate to say the drinks were included in the charter price. On the way there Rob managed to capture something approaching a sunset, though only on his phone, but it was better than nothing of course, though not quite the glorious event he was hoping for.
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    Richard Valsler

    Brilliant! How nice for you to actually do some real sailing! You have answered my question too about the flotilla, thank you.

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  • Day5

    Spatochori, Meganisi

    October 4, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    The pirate ship sailed into the distance, clearly not at all interested in the bounty aboard Rincewind. Let's face it, your average pirate will never look mean and scary manning the cannons with a large blown-up pineapple under one arm. That pineapple was undoubtedly the saviour of the day.

    Before long the day's destination came into view and Captain Penny asked if Rob would like to take the helm to steer Rincewind onto her birth, so Rob took the wheel while Alan and Tom looked after the ropes. This was the first time Rob had done this and it was a delicate operation too ... the yacht had to be taken-in backwards (the standard way in Greece) but he also had to go manoeuvre around another boat into the reserved slot against the pontoon, whilst avoiding a group of swimmers nearby. Rob managed it perfectly and was really proud of his success, with the G&T's being used to toast the achievement a little later.

    Having completed the drinks tradition and showered, Penny, Tom and Rob took the path up to the viewpoint above the small marina. They were hoping for a good sunset but once again the light never came. The view was amazing though and well worth the effort of climbing all those steps. The main village was there too so a little time was spent having a quick look around.

    The evening ended with a group meal in the beach restaurant with the crews of all ten boats attending. It was a great evening and also a lovely atmosphere afterwards when Rincewind's crew chilled on her deck for a while before bed time.

    Another day comes to a close.
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    Richard Valsler

    Wonderful views! I particularly liked the "Spatochori monster" which can be clearly seen in the distance near the mouth of the bay but which your so carefully forgot to mention! Question: the journey on the chart looks quite a long one and you mention "the ten other crews", are you sailing as part of a flotilla?

    10/9/18Reply
    RobCowell

    Yes. There are ten yachts following the same route, hence the morning briefing each day. The boats don’t sail together and leave/arrive as and when. The common ground, then, is they all visit the same ports where mooring has been arranged and there is a lead yacht coordinating things.

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  • Day5

    Sailing to Spatochori

    October 4, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    The journey to Spatochori was straightforward with the aim to find a pleasant cove or bay to drop anchor for lunch and to go swimming ... and this is exactly what happened. Penny was first in the water followed by Rob who, it has to be said, was a complete wimp about getting into the water. The water was lovely once you were in, Rob just made heavy weather of it and took ages. Yes a real wimp, but once he was in he agreed the water was lovely and both Penny and Rob messed about in the water, accompanied by large blow-up pineapple (there's a theme going on here don't you think) until it was time to raise the anchor and continue the journey.

    On the way to the port for the night there was a strange sighting. Tom and Rob were sure they spotted a skull & crossbones on another boat. Could there be pirates in these waters, me-hearty? Rob managed a blurry photo of the offending vessel so what do you think? Will there be dastardly deeds on the High Seas before nightfall?
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    Richard Valsler

    Yes, I think it could be. Nowadays they would be all blurry, it's all that rum and "grog" they consume I believe!

    10/9/18Reply
     

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Vathí, Vathi, Вати

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