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Neues Bild im Album "Krabbelgruppe at Sea" - diesmal auf Kithnos! Auþerdem enthält das "Gulf of Corinth" Album jetzt auch Fotos...

En Route to the Aegean

Quick update from the "other" side of the Corinth Channel. After 3 very nice days in the Gulf of Corinth with Catherine and Chris (including a trip to Delphi) we stayed a night in Corinth and then went through the channel on Sunday (pictures to follow - impressive sight). Having reached the western exit we then sailed on to Aigina which was quite a wet slug against wind and waves. We ended up with a bilge full of seawater because the drainage from our anchor locker was clogged and all the water we were getting over the bow ended up flooding part of our provisions...

Hallo aus Patras

Ein kurzes "Hallo" aus Patras, am Eingang zum Golf von Korinth, wo wir gestern aus Ithaka kommend festgemacht haben. Wir hatten ein paar sehr entspannte Tage auf Keffalonien und Ithaka (neues Fotoalbum in der Galerie) und planen morgen Richtung Korinth aufzubrechen (vorauss. 3-4 Tagestouren mit einigen Stopps im Golf von Korinth). Heute abend stossen Catherine und Chris, zwei Freunde aus USA, zu uns, die bis Korinth mitsegeln werden.

Update from Nicky

Nicky has done really well. He doesn't seem to mind the confined space and we have managed to keep him occupied well. Thank goodness for Lego! He got a gift of a Lego Toolo helicopter (the type that screws together) for this crossing and spent several hours busy with the parts today. We also did face painting - I made Nicky into a sea dragon and he painted my face with blue stripes. Another thing he enjoys is towing objects like the sea dragon we carved out of a swim noodle - it hops along on a rope behind the boat and you can make it jump and splash.

Strait of Messina and Ionian Crossing

The Aeolian islands were a real highlight, especially our beautiful anchorage on the west side of Volcano and our hike up to the crater rim. We left the Aeolian islands at 3AM on our third night at Volcano in order to make the favorable tide at the Strait of Messina, about 45 miles away. In fact we arrived near the opening of the Strait early and had a few hours anchored off Sicily to wait for the tide to turn (this way we were able to go with the strong current rather than against it).

Moored at Olbia, sitting out a gale

A quick update a week into our trip... We left St. Maria Navarrese on Sunday, July 8 at 6 am, sailing up the 60 nm up to Capo Coda Cavallo (just southeast of Olbia) where we spend a beautiful night at anchor (pictures to follow). While we had sailed this stretch multiple times before in either direction this was the first time we did the entire leg during daytime so we actually did get some new views of the cliffy and undeveloped coast line.

Schöner Abschied, schöner Anfang

Eigentlich hatten wir erwartet, am 29.06. bis Mitternacht unsere Siebensachen einzulagern und dann am Samstag (Nana's Geburtstag) kaputt und wehmütig von Gelting (vorübergehend) Abschied zu nehmen. Zum Glück kam es ganz anders: In dreieinhalb Stunden waren die Möbel und Kartons eingelagert und Nana's Geburtstag am 30.06. gestaltete sich dann noch besonders schön.

HF Installation - Part I

May 17-20: Spent a long weekend on the boat, installing the extension to the bow roller (to accomodate the new Rocna anchor) and installing the HF radio. As always, projects take longer than you originally expect them to but things worked out OK in the end. The bow roller now fits the anchor perfectly and even the holes for the "locking" bolt line up (a bit of a miracle given all the improvisation and guess work that went into determining the exact location of the holes in the new plates relative to the attachment points). Also got really lucky with the weather.