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Summer 2015: in the Greek Ionian
If All You Want is a Kefalonia Meat Pie
Nichola / Storms and buckets of rain
25/09/2015, Agia Effimia, Kefalonia

The last two weeks have had some unsettled weather and it's got to that time when we want to be thinking about crossing back to Sicily. The last two days we've had more rain than the rest of the summer, it's currently lashing down with rain with thunder rumbling around the mountains. We've been scouring the weather forecasts for a weather window and dreaming about F4 northerly winds; however, it's been hard to find even two forecasts that agree with each other, even when a raging storm has been thundering overhead, some forecasts were still predicting sunshine and no wind. Perhaps we should pick one that looks like it suits us the most and hope for the best. Read More

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Fiskardo
Nichola / dry and warm, light winds
25/09/2015, Fiskardo, Kefalonia

We couldn't believe our luck when we arrived about midday in Fiskardo on Kephalonia, to find the whole of the north side of the harbour empty. We picked a spot along the wall in the front of the Nicolas Taverna where there were rings to tie on to. In hindsight it might not have been the best spot to go for but more of that later...Read More

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Wind, Weddings, Walks and Deck Dancing in Vathi
Nichola / a storm and west winds
21/09/2015, Vathi, Ithaka

We returned to Vathi as it's been one of our favourite places so far and we hoped to see a bit more of Ithaka while we were there. One of the reasons we like it is that there are so many options and plenty of space for mooring; our favourite anchor area only had our friends on Lazy Tern in it when we arrived.
After a good night's sleep we were off the next morning for a walk to Gidaki, a waymarked route that starts just by the Captain Yiannis hotel, next to where we anchored. The first part is a rollercoaster - up a road, then down a little, then up some more before a long downhill to Skinos beach. A few people were on the pebbly beach, it looked a nice spot for swimming. We continued walking, now on a rough track which ended at the gates of a hotel with a path leading off before them down to the sea. A lovely bay opened up before us, with a yacht anchored out beyond the buoyed off swimming area and a couple of big power boats tied to the far side of the bay. Read More

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Our favourite little boozer
Nichola / dry, westerly winds
12/09/2015, Vonitsa, Vlicho, Sivota: Ionian Greece

After an uncomfortably windy night in Vonitsa we decided to head back south to the islands in the hope that the summer hordes would be thinning out with the start of September looming. Read More

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Amvrakia Gulf
Dry, windy afternoons
27/08/2015, Preveza, Koukouvitsa, Vonitsa: Ionian Greece

After a few days at Vonitsa, we headed to Preveza to wave farewell to our cruising companions of the last month or so as they headed back early to their winter quarters. On our way we saw some dolphins leaping and splashing in the distance. When we arrived at the anchorage the wind was blowing from the east so we ended up setting the anchor on what turned out to be a steepish slope. When the wind changed to westerly and was gusting to a F6 it turned out to not have been such a great place to drop as we realised we were ever so slowly moving backwards. We reset in deeper water where the seabed levelled out and the wind still blowing strong meant we set and held perfectly. Read More

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