It was time for us to leave Italy and head to Greece. After one last pizza, which we still dream of, we left the most southern tip of Italy’s heel and headed to Korfu. The crossing was luckily very calm, and we managed to sail some hours in very light wind. We arrived with the last sunrays and Greece greeted us with incredible scenery and crystal clear water.
This week our crew had a particular goal for the week: fishing. 3 out of 5 crew members were armed with fishing rods and spent their whole time optimizing the lures. No need to tell you that the sailing route obviously was adapted to fishing places and fishing times.
The stakes were high, as two of the crew members had praised themselves at home about their fishing abilities, and messages came in hourly to ask about our success rate. Hence, ending the week without catching fish was just no option!
The first day ended with no fish on the lure, but on our second day in Greece, we caught a colorful Mahimahi! This took off the pressures from our crew and gifted us with a lovely barbeque at the beach. We felt like in a movie, making fire on the beach and drinking rum like real sailors. The only ones who ruined a little bit the evening were the masses of mosquitos, but we had to learn to cope with them in Greece.
The greek island proofed worthy of their fame. White beaches between vast cliffs, surrounded by green hills. It is truly a sailor’s paradise. Which kind of explains the thousands of sailboats you will meet along the way. But luckily, there are so many bays that everybody finds their anchor place.
We obviously went to visit the famous shipwreck bay, but boy were we lucky to be there in the evening, during the day it feels like an ant-hill. Thousands of people trying to get the perfect shot. If you are ever there, don’t miss out on the small hidden cave on the bay southernly from shipwreck bay. You won’t be able to anchor in front, but we, for example, took turns at the helm so everybody could swim there and explore it.
Our final destination of the week was Athens, and one last challenge was standing between us and the city: The Canal of Corinth. Constructed in 1893 for economical shipping, it is now mainly used as a tourist attraction and for sailboats and motorboats who like to avoid the long way around the Peloponnese.
We arrived at the Western entrance of the Canal after a long night sail and announced ourselves to the canal officials. Together with us other 7 boats were waiting for the canal doors to open. Interestingly you are allowed to enter the Canal in the same order as you arrive at the entrance. Still, it seems so that captains do not like to respect that order. Once the canal doors opened, it felt like an actual race to enter the Canal. We were first astonished by this behavior but then discovered that once you arrive at the Eastern Exit of the Canal, you need to pay at the Canal toll. So if you are there first to enter the Canal, you are the first at the Exit and won’t have to wait until everybody has paid.
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