All good things must come to an end. After 2.5 years in the Mediterranean Sea we have decided to head back home to New Zealand. So, there is going to be a lucky person out there who will get a superb liveaboard and cruising yacht. She has never been chartered which means she has very low engine hours, 2 full size showers and a full size/upright fridge/freezer as well as a convection microwave oven, a generator and air conditioning. You can check out the detailed listing also on www.apolloduck.com/boat.phtml?id=576825. Feel free to contact us through Apolloduck, our website or facebook if you have any more questions.
Thank you - the Tiny Nical Crew!
Just a few snaps of some of the ubiquitous cats in Greece. Some cats are kind of well looked after and fed, but others are really sick. A sad sight to see.
Bay: small, mud, 5-7m deep, not very clear, swimming ok
Amenities: Tavernas, Cocktail bar, Supermarkets, ATM, rubbish bins, boat rentals, post
We arrived in Agios Stefanos on Tuesday 18th July after planning to go to Kassiopi on the north side of north Corfu. We were beating into the wind (N / NW) at 11 knots and the swell was about 2 metres high. We had a quick look at Kassiopi but then decided it would be much to uncomfortable and unsafe to anchor here. We turned around and went back to the south coast of north Corfu to be in the lee and more sheltered from wind and waves. We anchored in 5m of water and put 30m of chain out with very good hold.
Even though the bay is small it is very busy – we were surprised to see 5 boats in here when we arrived, by night we were 11! Throughout the day there are shiploads of rental motor boats whizzing in and out of the bay, some slow down inside the bay, others not so much.
There are little wooden jetties coming out from the tavernas and friendly tavern staff is trying to wave you down to tie up on their jetty when you want to go ashore. We tied up to Fagopotion and the staff were really friendly, not only helping me with my broken arm, but they also took care of our rubbish.
As in Kalami, the big cruise liners go past at night (saw Queen Victoria one night) and you get rudely awakened by their wake. I found the swell to be not quite as bad as in Kalami, but maybe we were just lucky enough to be pointing nose first into the waves on more occasions.
After we anchored in the bay we watched a father and son team come in on a charter boat trying to anchor behind us. We watched them try about 10 times until Alistair decided to jump into the dinghy and help them out. Their problem was that they were going backwards to quick and too soon so the anchor had no chance of setting on the bottom. The next morning the father swam over and thanked us for the help and even though he checked during the night in the big swells – they felt safe because the anchor was set and holding perfectly due to our help. Later Alistair helped out an Aussie boat that was anchored too close for comfort. They agreed and said they would take a stern line ashore to be out of our way. Alistair took the dinghy and pushed the Aussie boat around so they could tie off more easily. They left the next day. Probably experiencing a very uncomfortable night being side on to all the swells…
On our second day new/more yachts came in, one of them anchoring again quite close to us (I am a bit paranoid now) but within 30 minutes their anchor had dragged so much they were out of (our) harm’s way. I don’t think they realised that they were dragging until they saw our concerned faces and fingers pointing. They tried to re-anchor twice and then gave up to move to another bay.
Never a dull moment!
Date: 4.5.2017; 6.7.-8.7.2017
Bay: Muddy, good holding once through the mud, good protection from prevailing winds, open to east, small swell from passing ferries and fishing boats coming into fishing port, 4-6m of water
Amenities: tavernas with wifi on beach, little beaches, good for swimming, one tavern offers showers and laundry facilities, hotel has a pool which can be used, small shop, supermarket and bakery
We’ve been twice to Petriti and it always makes for a beautiful sunset with a red-orange glow sweeping across the bay and over the coastline of the mainland. Fishing boats leave the port around 8pm and return early in the morning – always followed by a swarm of seagulls and their little 'pilot' vehicle. The water is clear once the mud settles after setting the anchor it’s warm and swimming is nice.
Petriti is a small town and it doesn’t take long to walk around. Well kept houses and green trees/grass and flowers complete the picture.
When we anchored here the first time early May, we were about 5 boats in the bay. In July we were 40 anchored plus the town quay/fishing port was full.
Some evenings seem to have Greek Dancing/music night and/or karaoke…. We decided to listen rather than join while enjoying Butter Chicken for dinner - karaoke that night seemed to have been Indian themed. Not judging whether it was good or bad ,just saying that it was loud.
Date: 2nd - 4th May 2017, 8th-9th July 2017
Bay: Sand and weed, good holding once through weed, open to SE, 5-12m, clear water, swell from passing ferries
Amenities: Tavernas on beach, wifi, Kayak/SUP rental, waterski/donut rides, small supermarket and shops, accomodation, boat trips, pools
Great little bay in the north of Corfu, facing Albania. It doesn't seem to get too crowded here (3 boats in May, 16 boats in July). We found there is good holding in the bay, although you should be aware of the weed and it may take a couple attempts until you find that holding underneath the sea grass. Once set, you can take the dinghy ashore and tie up to one of the little pontoons. In May, they had no planks and it was a bit of a balancing act to get across but that has been taken care of now.
Nothing is more inviting than sitting in the tavernas on the beach with a glass of white wine and watch other saling yachts (and the occasional super yacht) come and go and people having a go on the colourful SUPs that Kalami Kayaks has to offer. I had a go myself, and I loved it - didn't fall off, that's a great plus! Unfortunately, in July I couldn't do it because of my broken arm.
The water is clear and great for swimming, if you feel like a lazy beach day you can hire a lounger and umbrella for 3Euro each per day.
Again, loved the colours, loved the people!
The only downside to this anchorage is the big swell coming into the bay from passing ferries and cruising ships. Make sure all your cupboards are closed and nothing can fall over (especially at night)
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