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)
We have been living full time on our yacht since end of August 2016 and sailing since September. In that time we have fitted Tiny Nical with some bits and bobs to make things easier, safer, more comfortable. Obviuously, there have been plenty of unscheduled repairs, tons of cleaning, scrubbing, oiling, varnishing, sealing, screwing.... But here is an overview of what we did on our Bavaria 47 Cruiser Tiny Nical since we moved on to her permanently.
Portland – Weymouth
We had a wonderful time in Portland, visiting Alistair’s family.
Thank you for letting us stay Auntie Ann!
Portland is just beautiful with terrific coastline and beaches as well as a new marina that was built for the Olympics in 2012. Getting to Portland we had to go through Weymouth – with yet another marina situated right in the city. We can’t escape the sea and the marinas, even if we are traveling by car and not by yacht!
We had lovely walks, scrumptious food and great fun visiting the family. I realised that I am not a great ‘people photographer’ and all the pictures I got of the family reunions was an artsy picture of Alistair’s Aunt and the dogs of one of his cousins…. But don’t worry guys, we remember you, it’s been a great time!
Oh my! Everybody said that Cornwall is beautiful – they weren’t wrong! We stayed at Tregenna Castle in St Ives for a few days and took this as our base for day trips around the countryside. Of course, I just got a very bad cold and I wasn’t really up to much. I remember our beautiful walks around St Ives, the colours, the little roads, the beach, the Cornish Pasties, the seagulls stealing the Cornish Pasties, the little shop, the full English breakfast that was included in the room price… Imust have put on a few kilos in our two weeks in England just because of the breakfasts
Over the next few days, we visited, Hayle, St Kevern, Camborne, Portreath and the Godrevy-Portreath Heritage Coast, Marazion and St Michael’s Mount. With me being sick and the weather being cold, it was mostly just a quick stop, a wee walk around, a couple of pictures and then back to the car. I hope I’ll get back here someday to give Cornwall the time it deserves!
Manchester / Darlington
Quick trip up to Manchester – 6.5 hour drive! – on our way up to Darlington. We met up with an old school friend and had Chinese for dinner! Chinese is no something that you come by that easily in Italy so we enjoyed it very much! We didn’t see anything of Manchester as we left the next morning. In Darlington we found a nice Hotel – The Blackwell Grange Hotel. We didn’t book breakfast with the room and instead wandered off to McDonalds for brunch before meeting up with Alistair’s Mum. We visited The Bowes Museum about 40km away from Darlington. It was a lovely day – inside the museum, as it was again very cold. Clouds started rolling in too, and our walk around the park was cancelled the following day so we stayed inside and nostalgically looked through old and new photos. Unfortunately, we didn’t have more time to spend with Alistair’s Mum, it was lovely meeting her.
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