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!
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