Vonitsa was a wonderful town that so typified one of the great things about sailing in Greece, the towns. It was unpretentious, the people were friendly, it wasn’t small and it wasn’t large, it had a castle, it had a town quay, it had fishing boats, it had a small harbour for visiting boats, it didn’t rely on tourist traffic, it had an agricultural background, it was nice. Tomorrow, the 18th, we would head back to Lefkas. Today for the first time in 6 weeks we would go nowhere. It was wonderful, sleeping in, cleaning, packing, doing some laundry, topping up the water tank, washing down “Spyros”, going for a walk up to the Venetian fort, walking around the water front to the causeway and Islet of Koukouvitsa, shopping, checking the internet, finding a taverna for this evening.
|The Islet of Koukouvitsa, Vonitsa.|
|Gulf of Amvrakikos, Yvonne soon had “Spyros” up to 4-5 knots.|
|Lefkas, we returned to our nice taverna of 2 weeks ago.|
Back in New Zealand the winter has been cold and wet, a stark contrast to the warm sunny days aboard “Spyros” in the North and South Ionian Seas. Our suntans may be fading but the adventure is far from a distant memory; the Greek Waters Pilot is already open at Chapter IX, The Dodecanese.
|May 13th||Ay Nikolaos||25|
|May 29th||Vathi (Ithaca)||24|
|June 6th||Vlikho Bay||12|
|June 12th||Gouvia (Corfu)||18|
Story and photos by Neil & Yvonne Armitage from New Zealand