A Timeless Odyssey

Vessel Name: Timeless Odyssey
Vessel Make/Model: Allures 45
Hailing Port: Portsmouth
Crew: The Crew; Martyn & Veronica (mostly) Themba (the dog), Dylan and Tayo (occasionally) and other good friends.
About: About the motley crew: The geologist, explorer and adventurer with the mathematics teacher
26 September 2021
26 September 2021
13 September 2021 | Mandraki
17 August 2021 | Meganisis
01 November 2020 | Boat in Preveza
15 October 2020 | Sailing Holidays Pontoon, Nidri
01 October 2020 | Posted from Two Rock Bay
18 September 2020 | Plataria, Greece
17 January 2020 | Preveza
30 August 2019 | Gulf of Corinth
21 August 2019 | Preveza but blog about Saronic Gulf
07 July 2019 | Elafonisos
28 June 2019 | Ag. Nikolaos, Zakynthos
11 June 2019 | Cleopatra Marina (but we are still in London)
17 June 2018 | Lefkas or thereabouts
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26 September 2021
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The batteries were fitted with the extra two fitting nicely onto the plinth that the Electroscan was removed from last year, so we now have 800Ah of lead-acid AGM in the domestic bank. The solar panels, one 345W and two 100W were stored in the cabins awaiting the fitting of a stainless-steel frame above the bimini in Vlikho. We need to get down south of the Lefkas canal as soon as possible to allow the stainless-steel guy to have time to do the work. The delivery of the batteries and the panels had already taken longer than anticipated. We headed south, leaving Mandraki late to try and catch the NW winds that build in the afternoon. The winds made a poor showing, so although we did get the new pole out and sailed for a while with both headsails poled out, we motored a lot of the way. The new second pole worked well and should be fantastic for the trades.

For the first time this season we arrived in an anchorage after sunset and dropped in fading light. We had chugged past Parga, which was crowded and snuck into Ormos Áy Ioannou with a magnificent sunset behind us. We free anchored and had a braai just off the main beach. There were only two other boats in there, long-lined to the shore in the little cove just off the north of the main bay the beach is in. We had a peaceful night and left at first light. There was a submarine fresh-water spring marked on the chart in Heikell but I hadn't appreciated how powerful it was, as we sailed over it, it was like a boiling cauldron of different density water, quite a spectacular natural phenomenon. There was no wind so after about 2 Nm we could get a line on the Lefkas canal entrance, 25 Nm distant, we set a waypoint, handed the helm to Philemon and spent the time motoring in the close company of a single-handed German boat. About 4 Nm from the canal we both tapped back to about 2.5knots to tread water to make the 14h00 bridge but not be caught in the gaggle at the canal entrance.

The canal was so much less crowded than in August and the unfortunate highlight was seeing a burnt-out and sunken 45ft (apparently only one year-old) catamaran just outside the Lefkas marina entrance. The story goes that it caught fire in the marina and a charter skipper jumped on it, managed to start one engine and drove it out into the channel to avoid it setting other boats alight in the marina. There was a pollution crew working with oil skirts around it, presumably trying to pump out the remaining diesel. Only the prow and pieces of charred and melted GRP were visible above the water.

We sailed with 5 other boats down the canal and then all the way to the Iris Hotel/Sailing holidays pontoon. Veronica, loves this place with its pool and friendly staff. It is excellent value for money at Euro 15 per night. It was our base for contacting Chris Bowd, the stainless steel guy and we were to see a lot of the Iris pontoon as we interacted with Chris to organise the stainless steel. At the time of writing this is ongoing but should get done.

Meantime, I have been doing all the wiring runs and fitting the solar controllers, so, hopefully, when the panels are on, it will just be plug and play. Fingers crossed. I have to say these wiring runs took at lot more time than I had anticipated. In particular, getting a mouse wire through the arch was a major mission: we spent an afternoon of frustration using various mouse wires. Ultimately, I had to take the wind generator deck gland off the side of the arch and do two separate runs, eventually by a feat of random luck getting the cleaning spring to lie just below the deck gland hole I had drilled and with some delicate fishing managing to recover it. Success at last!

Meantime, we spent the nights we did not need to be on hand for Chris, going off for a night at Vathi Vali beach and meeting up with Mike and Sarah for a great meal at the Seaside restaurant. In the next blog we hopefully get the new solar panels fitted and working, get ready to haul-out and get the centreboard welded.
Timeless Odyssey's Photos - Atlantic Spain 2016
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Ramparts of Monte Real
Ramparts of Monte Real
Ramparts of Monte Real
Replica of Columbus
They brought these poor sods back on their first trip
Replica of Columbus
Navigation on Columbus
Panxon
Panxon
Spanish personal trainer
Panxon
Fire Haze
Isla Cies
Isla Cies
Isla Cies
Isla Cies
Spanish Volvo round the world entry on quay future participants in the foreground
Rain may be on the plain in Spain but the people are on the beach
Not sure about this perspective
Sculptures
Galicia grain stores
Tortoise
Isla Ons
Isla Ons
Isla Ons
Nudists beaches Isla Ons
Fortifications of old Peninsula del Grove
San Vincente
San Vincente
San Vincente
San Vincente
San Vincente
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Clothes on or off?
Granite mining monument
Santiago de Compostela with Dylan
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
At mast height for a touch and go water pick up in the smooth water in the harbour entrance
Looking in the pilots eyes
Cabo Finistere
Baiona
 
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