Αντίο στη Λευκάδα (Goodbye Lefkada)

After a lovely two weeks in the U.K. with the Wall family celebrating John and Ruth’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary, we fly out at stupid o’clock from Gatwick back to Préveza. As it was an early flight, we had decided to get a hotel room at the airport rather than risk trains that early. The only problem was that we didn’t get to the hotel until 1am so only had 3 hours sleep. Needless to say, we were like Zombies last Friday. Still we managed to get the laundry and food shopping done before collapsing. We felt much more human on Saturday so went about our chores with renewed vigour. We had brought back various spares with us from England so spent Saturday and Sunday replacing things including the foot switch on the windlass (pretty crucial for raising the anchor), the music speaker in the cockpit that had given up the ghost back in June and the water filter under the sink. We treated ourselves to Gyros (filled pitta bread) in town for the princely sum of €8 for two of them including beer and water!

On Monday morning we were ready to continue our adventures but first we needed to pop over to Lefkas Town to pick up our liferaft that had been serviced whilst we were away. As we also needed fuel, the company kindly delivered it to the fuel pontoon at Lefkas Marina. We wanted to explore the western side of Lefkas so this meant that we needed to go through the floating bridge (again) rather than go down the eastern side. We timed it well and arrived at the bridge for the 1pm opening but nothing happened. We were told that we would have to wait until 2pm so we and the other four boats waiting all dropped our anchor in the middle of the channel and had lunch!

The western side of Lefkada is very dramatic with lovely beaches and steep cliffs. Many of the beaches are no longer accessible after the earthquake in 2015 so they look even more remote. At one, there seemed to be a flotilla of super yachts and there were setting up a banquet on the beach. We thought we might stay at Mylos Beach but the swell was coming straight in and would for much of the night thus making it very uncomfortable. It was a beautiful spot though.

Mylos Beach

We continued on to various beaches and bays but they were all untenable for one reason or another.

Sappho’s leap – we think!

In the end we went into Vasiliki on the south of Lefkada where we knew we would be out of the swell and wind in good holding. However, as we were coming in we had winds of over 25 knots sweeping down the mountains. Luckily, by the time we reached the top of the bay to anchor, the wind had dropped to 10 knots and no swell. Bliss. Our neighbours for the evening were a couple of large yachts (40 and 46m long) so obviously we were keeping good company.

Fancy neighbours in Vasiliki

This morning we left Lefkada for the last time and made our way to Fiskardo on Cephalonia.

Entrance to Fiskado – Venetian lighthouse to the left

We anchored and took lines ashore in strong cross winds so we were grateful for the help of our next door skipper who was an ex flotilla skipper. You could tell from the way she gave directions – reminded me of one or two teachers we know! The harbour was pretty busy when we arrived but at least twice as many boats arrived after us and were still coming in at 8pm.

We dinghied into town for happy hour and then back on Nimrod for dinner.

Local sculptures in the hotel courtyard in Fiskado

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