We left Meganisi and went south to Fiskardo on Cephalonia. This is 'The' place to visit in the Ionian, for interesting restaurants and nightlife, according to the information received. However although we had moored a little away from the town, planning to go in by dinghy, the charter boats from hell also decided that it was a good place to be. we stuck it for about 2 hours before finally upping anchor and moving to a bay around the corner. The following day John wanted to visit Argostoli on the south of the island, so we left early and headed around the top of the island to go down the west coast. Not a good idea. There was no wind at all but some very large uncomfortable seas that rolled us all day down that interminably long coast. When we got there, we gratefully tied up alongside the town quay. We stayed for two quiet days before again being infested by inconsiderate charter boats - What is it about charterers? Do they leave decent behaviour behind when they go on holiday? |
John wanted to winter the boat in the Ionian, but it turned out to be nearly impossible to fly back to Lyon from this part of Greece. So after a long discussion (which I won) it was decided that we would winter in Sicily, in Ragusa Marina and who gave us a very good deal from November to end of April 2015. So there we were with plan.
From where we were (south Ionian), to Sicily is quite a long stretch, the shortest hop is from Othoni Island, north of Corfu across to the heel of Italy and then across the bottom of the foot to Syracuse in Sicily. So it was back northbound again!
On Saturday 20 September we were heading back to Preveza, waiting in the Lefkada canal for the bridge to open, when we were hailed by a car on the road alongside. It was Tony and Jane, who were driving back to Athens to fly home. What a coincidence, we thought we'd got rid of them! So once we had passed the floating bridge we stopped and they came on board for a coffee before we went our separate ways . John was very happy to have seen them again.
In Preveza we anchored in the lake behind the town marina, a very quiet spot and kept an eye on the weather forecast which was changing on a daily basis, to make sure we had a good crossing to Italy. We left the following morning intending to stop in Corfu, before going over the top of the island to Italy. Once we got out of the Prevesa channel though, we decided, what the hell, and continued straight on. Because of the weather forecast, if we were going further north to Corfu we would be stuck there for at least a week, for a system to blow through. We estimated a 24hrs crossing to Le Castella. It started well, sunny, little wind but once we reached the open seas we had a big swell and wind from the south, so the genoa was unfurled to help reduce the rolling. It was a very long day and night and the current slowed us down as well. By dawn everything was grey the sea and the sky and we still had another 5 hours to go. We arrived in Le Castella on the heel of Italy on Sunday morning just before 11 o'clock and found space alongside the quay by the entrance. It was good to stop, we hadn't done an overnighter for a few years and it took it out of us. After lunch we both slept most of the afternoon.