Stella Mia

20 August 2017 | Preveza
16 August 2017 | Lefkas Canal
16 August 2017 | Antisamos, Greece
13 August 2017 | Blue Caves, Zakinthos
13 August 2017 | Wreck Bay, Zakinthos
13 August 2017 | Zakinthos, Greece
13 August 2017 | Zakinthos Island, Greece
10 August 2017 | Bathing, Ithaca
10 August 2017 | Vassiliki Bay
01 August 2017 | Vasiliki Bay, Lefkas Island
31 July 2017 | Vasiliki Bay
29 July 2017 | Sivota, Lefkas Island
28 July 2017 | Fiskardo, Cephalonia
28 July 2017 | Fikes Quay, Ithaca
28 July 2017 | Ormos Abelike Meganisi
28 July 2017 | Caves of Meganisi
28 July 2017 | Odysseus Marina
28 July 2017 | Dimitri's Taverna, Vlikho Bay Lefkas Island
28 July 2017 | Lefkas, Greece
24 July 2017 | Lefkas, Greece

Preveza

20 August 2017 | Preveza
Preveza

9 - 14 August

We arrived back in Preveza and were welcomed with a hot spell. Temperatures around 38 to 40C. The problem here it is very dry heat and at night the wind dies off and it is stifling. Coupled with that if you are on the public quay with the boat you get all discos in full swing all night until 5am.

We were to pick up our good friends Nicky and Michael along with Sabrina's cousin Maria Rosa and her son Stefano. Maria Rosa came first and we spent that first night on the quay. It was terrible, hot and noisy so, given Nicky and Michael were to arrive the next day, we booked a berth at Preveza Marina, some distance from the madding crowds.

We had to wait a couple of days anyway due to some bad weather coming through so it all worked out OK.

Preveza was in full swing, food, stalls, music and my favourite, the vendors that sell BBQ corn cobs, absolutely delicious.

One funny thing happened. The guys who deliver diesel to the boats on the quay are kept reasonably busy. One day we were coming back from the beach and there is Victor, one of the diesel guys beaming from ear to ear. One of these 100' motor yachts pulled up and needed a top up. Well, you can just imagine. He had to organise more trucks. I think the sale was around 6000 Euros worth. He told me it would cost 30,000 Euros to fill. I said to Victor, you can come to Australia to retire after you fill that bad boy up. He just smiled, and said, "yes, retire".

To put it into perspective most sailing yachts would only have tank capacity between 100 & 500 litres, and that in itself would last ages.....

Anyway, Nicky and Michael arrived and settled in for their next adventure with us, so we were all looking forward to get moving.

Through the Lefkas Canal again

16 August 2017 | Lefkas Canal
Dierk andSabrina
We headed back to Preveza. In doing so you have two options around the bottom of Cape Maleas at the southern tip of the Pelipinisos, or through the Lefkas Canal. The latter is by far the shortest.

The island of Lefkas is connected to the mainland by a swing bridge that opens and allows yachts through for a few minutes on top of the hour.A siren sounds when the bridge opens and off you go, post haste.

Antisamos, Cephalonia

16 August 2017 | Antisamos, Greece
Dierk & Sam
After sailing from Zakinthos we headed for Antisamos a small bay on Cephalonia.

The bay was absolutely magnificent. We anchorered and took lines ashore and smashed out a BBQ

Thanks to Mark & Ed for the inside info on this spot, way to go guys.

Blue Caves, Zakinthos

13 August 2017 | Blue Caves, Zakinthos
Dierk & Sabrina
Blue Caves of Zakinthos

Off to the Blue Caves. These were remarkable, but the same gig, boats upon boats, wash, wake and waves. We had a quick look and headed for Ay Nikolaos where with Take Five we spent the night at anchor.

The next day we took Quack Quack to the caves and had a good look in relative peace and quiet.....until Fritz our outboard coughed and stopped. It is called Fritz because it is mostly on the Fritz. So, Mark and I shared the rowing to get all of us back to the yachts. In the end Sabrina and Ed swam back to the boats....ah good excersize.

With that, we bade farewell to Mark and Ed and decided to catch up in Corfu in a couple of weeks. Sabrina and I sailed of to a place they had recommended, Andisamos.

Wreck Bay, Zakinthos

13 August 2017 | Wreck Bay, Zakinthos
Dierk & Sabrina


5 August.

Following our night at anchor at Kerri Beach, our next plan was to go to Wreck Bay and visit the Blue Caves on the north coast of Nisos Zakinthos. 

At 06:30 I hauled up Quack Quack to find she was covered below the water line in pitch and diesel. This just gets better and better. Marks boat was also tainted with the effluent. Imagine how the turtles cop all this. Hours of cleaning the Duckie of oil and grease still has not returned it to its original condition.

Anyway, we trucked along the west coast of Nisos Zakinthos, and it was absolutely stunning. High cliffs with caves and amazing geological formations. 

At 11:15 we reached Wreck Bay. This is an indentation on the coast with a pristine beach with an old coaster wrecked on the sand at the head of the bay. The water is an amazing turquoise colour that makes every boat look like they have blue LED's under the water line. However, this was again tempered by the volume of people and tripper boats in the bay. Hundreds of people on this small beach looking at a grafitied ship wreck. I guess it is just the time of year.....a lot of people pressure and some would argue we are part of it....true true.

Kerri Beach, Zakinthos

13 August 2017 | Zakinthos, Greece
Dierk & Sabrina
Zakinthos, Kerri Beach

5 August.

On this day we departed for the National Marine Park -Zakinthos 
It was in my mind going to be a highlight, a place where they protect and nurture the amazing loggerhead turtles. These are huge turtles and are not uncommon in the Ionion south of Preveza. They are often about a meter across and studded with barnacles. Their breeding ground is Lagana Beach.

The National park has strict guidelines about water traffic and anchoring in Kolpos Lagana, so we were made ourselves familiar with the rules so as not to upset these huge animals.

All we can say is that upon arrival, we were extremely disappointed with the management or lack of of this finite attraction. This blog has been written to keep our families and friends updated of our travels, and in the main avoids writing opinionated editorials. Sabrina is going to put write a separate section on her feelings, but compared to expectations, we were extremely disappointed.

Here is an excerpt from the Greek Waters Pilot. Quote "Now the sea area is effectively policed it is to be hoped that the Beach development will be managed as well so the turtles get a chance to breed safely without interference from the lager louts who tend to inhabit parts of this resort area. Kolpos Lagana may be better policed now, but sadly the same cannot be said for the beaches. By day almost every square meter of the main turtle egg laying beaches are covered with sunbathing bodies, and by night lights and noise from the hotels pollute the bay. There seems to be greater demand in selling cuddly turtles than providing protection for the real ones. What are we doing to these poor creatures?...
Vessel Name: Stella Mia
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 45
Hailing Port: Melbourne Australia
Crew: Dierk and Sabrina Meyerheinrich
About: We've been married for over 30 years and have always had an enduring passion for the ocean. Surfing, sailboarding and sailing has always been a huge part of our lives, and now for the next chapter....
Extra: We would love our family and friends to follow our adventures over the next few years......
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