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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
En Route to the Aegean
Markus
07-Aug-2007, Aigina / Saronic Gulf

Quick update from the "other" side of the Corinth Channel. After 3 very nice days in the Gulf of Corinth with Catherine and Chris (including a trip to Delphi) we stayed a night in Corinth and then went through the channel on Sunday (pictures to follow - impressive sight). Having reached the western exit we then sailed on to Aigina which was quite a wet slug against wind and waves. We ended up with a bilge full of seawater because the drainage from our anchor locker was clogged and all the water we were getting over the bow ended up flooding part of our provisions... But that's behind us and fixed now.
We spent 2 nights here and will head for the Southwest Aegean early tomorrow morning. More detailed update to follow - stay tuned...

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Hallo aus Patras
Markus
31-Jul-2007, Patras

Ein kurzes "Hallo" aus Patras, am Eingang zum Golf von Korinth, wo wir gestern aus Ithaka kommend festgemacht haben. Wir hatten ein paar sehr entspannte Tage auf Keffalonien und Ithaka (neues Fotoalbum in der Galerie) und planen morgen Richtung Korinth aufzubrechen (vorauss. 3-4 Tagestouren mit einigen Stopps im Golf von Korinth). Heute abend stossen Catherine und Chris, zwei Freunde aus USA, zu uns, die bis Korinth mitsegeln werden.

Patras hat wider Erwarten eine Menge Charme - zwar ein grosse Stadt und die Marina ist direkt neben dem "Commercial Harbour", aber alles, was man braucht ist zu Fuss erreichbar (wichtig, da dies der letzte grosse Verpflegungs- und Assruestungsstopp vor Malta ist), und die Gegend um den Hafen hat ein sehr nettes Flair.

Naechster Update vermutl. aus Korinth - stay tuned...

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Update from Nicky
26-Jul-2007, Ionian Sea

Nicky has done really well. He doesn't seem to mind the confined space and we have managed to keep him occupied well. Thank goodness for Lego! He got a gift of a Lego Toolo helicopter (the type that screws together) for this crossing and spent several hours busy with the parts today. We also did face painting - I made Nicky into a sea dragon and he painted my face with blue stripes. Another thing he enjoys is towing objects like the sea dragon we carved out of a swim noodle - it hops along on a rope behind the boat and you can make it jump and splash. Coloring (in exhaustive detail) is another favorite. On the first full day of our crossing we hit a calm and went for a swim in kilometer-deep water. Nicky didn't hesitate: he pulled on his swim wings, climbed down our swim ladder, and started paddling around! That also served to cool us down as it has been very hot. Today we filled up his small inflatable pool with seawater in the cockpit for him to splash in.

Nicky sleeps through the night well but he has been waking up early and joining whichever one of us who is on dawn watch in the cockpit. He curls up there with his pillow and blanket and usually falls back asleep quickly. This is our second crossing of 3 nights and it gives me some confidence that he will also be fine on longer passages like the 5+ days it will take to reach Malta later. We have not had any rough weather yet (aside from the short stretch in the Strait of Messina) so in that respect it has been easy to get into the rhythm of offshore passages and get our sea legs (no seasickness yet for any of us thankfully). Let's hope our luck holds out!

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