Pembroke Haven Yacht Club

Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock

Our Last Week of 2020 10/10/2021–21/10/2021

Having made our way through the Lefkas Canal we headed for an anchorage and enjoyed the rest of the morning paddle boarding and also, sadly, collecting plastic from the beach! The temperature was 30 degrees C!   We then received a call from Anthea to let us know they had arrived in Little Vathy.   We ‘uped’ anchor and headed across the bay to meet them. 


We spent 2 nights in Little Vathi, one of the main villages on the northeast coast of Meganisi.  Vathi has a charming harbour, town quay and a new marina.  Bars & tavernas surround the quay.  There are a vast number of olive groves on Meganisi and locals are also involved in farming and fishing.

 20201011_083143The Harbour at Vathi

During our time here we cycled across to Spartochori, a beautiful hilltop village with the most amazing views.   The village, surrounded by pine forests and stone built cottages and traditional tavernas,  lies around a natural port which has a couple of small tavernas where we stopped on route for lunch and refreshment.


Having enjoyed our last ‘meet up’ with Anthea & Paul, on the 13th October we were finally on our way to meet up with Alistair’s childhood friend Tim.  Kioni had now recovered from the Medicane and was accepting visiting yachts again.  Kioni is one of my favourite places in the Ionian.  It is on the southeast of the island of Ithaca north of ‘big’ Vathy where we had spent the Medicane.  The village was built by the inhabitants of the mountainous village of Anogi at the end of the 16th century.  Very few houses survived the earthquakes of 1953 but those that did are very interesting with renaissance architecture.  Tim and his wife Sue have purchased a property and now run a holiday letting business.  There own apartment, situated at the top of the property, has the most fantastic views over the harbour of Kioni.  I must also point out that here are some beautiful craft and jewellery shops worth browsing around…..take your wallet!

IMG-20210601-WA0013IMG-20210601-WA0012IMG-20210601-WA0019Apartment View

Our time in the Ionian for this year was coming to a close so we only spent one night in Kioni.  We moved on to Vilho Bay opposite Nidri Quay – Lefkada.   Whilst in Preveza we had decided that our Passarelle had served it’s purpose.  We had had found it abandoned in a boatyard in Almerima, Southern Spain and offered the staff in the yard a small fee to take it away!  It had been too large for Money Penny from the start and as we needed a passarelle more and more in Greece it was heavy to move around and large to store.  We decided to purchase a smaller,folding, one whilst in Nidri and advertise ours on a local website.  It sold within hours of posting. 


We had intended to stay in Vilho Bay for one night but having had solid blue skies for the last week or so, heavy thunder storms were forecast, so we stayed an extra night in the shelter of the Bay.  The rain arrived and we caught up on some TV.  On leaving Vilho on the 16th October there was a raft of foul water and rubbish heading out to sea.  It was an amazing sight to see the difference as the fresh water mixed with the sea water, but sad to see how much rubbish (including plastic) was entering the eco system!


We returned through the Lefkas Canal and had a fabulous sail across to Prevaza.  Our plan was to head for the Town Quay and start to strip Money Penny of her sails in readiness of our ‘lift-out’.  Unfortunately the wind was too high for us to safely moor on the Quay so we anchored off Cleopatra until the wind decreased later that afternoon. 

3 days of cleaning and packing ensued and on the 19th October we headed across in time for our booked lift out.  The weather was still amazing and we did wonder why we were heading home.  Family was calling! This was the first year that no family or friends had been able to join us and we missed them!


Cleopatra Yard is minutes from Atiko/Preveza Airport, on the 21st October we covered Money Penny for the winter, watched our final sunset and headed off for our evening flight back to the UK.

When we left the UK in July following the Covid lockdown, we were unsure what the season would bring.  Greece had certainly met our expectations with gorgeous villages, friendly people and perfect weather ……FOR MOST OF THE TIME>    Covid had not played a huge part in our experience.  We had had to wear a mask in shops, and when in close proximity to others, but this was something we soon got used to and is now an everyday ruling in the UK too.    We had ‘survived’ the Medicane and would hopefully never make the same mistake again, spent time with old and new friends, visited historical sites, beautiful bays and enjoyed sailing on our floating home around this spectacular area.  We would return next year all being well!

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Lakka to Corfu & back South 2/10/2021-10/10/2021

We left Lakka and headed just 11 miles across to the mainland to reminisce.  We anchored in a sheltered inlet below the Neilson Hotel where we had ended our first holiday together in 2013, a flotilla in the Ionian.    The scene was a little different as, due to Covid, the Hotel was closed and we were totally alone at anchor until a Catamaran joined us later that evening.  We spent a relaxing afternoon swimming and also walked in to the village of Sivota Murtos closeby.  The scenery is stunning and the hotel boasts the most amazing views over towards Paxos and up towards Corfu.  When we were here in 2013 with Alison & Neil, the water was awash with small sailing dinghies and windsurfers and families enjoying themselves on the beach.

IMG-20210601-WA0001IMG-20210524-WA0013IMG-20210601-WA0007IMG-20210601-WA0008IMG-20210524-WA0014The following day we left our anchorage and motor sailed 25 miles to Corfu.  Corfu spent many years under Venetian, French & British rule and its cultural heritage reflects this.  It was united with Greece in 1864.  Corfu Town has two imposing Venetian Castles and many other historical monuments.  Corfu town is the capital of the Island and has beautiful cobblestone streets and pastel coloured architecture.  There is also a wonderful park area, Spianada, close to the venetian castle where cricket is regularly played.  The sport was imported to Corfu by the British and the first teams in the island were created after the departure of the British shortly after 1864.  The Hellenic Cricket Federation was founded in 1996, the only Greek sport federation that is not based in Athens.

20201003_114823Passing the Venetian Fortress in Corfu Town on our way to Gouvia Marina  20201004_153602

20201004_15264420201004_152638We took a berth in Gouvia Marina, the first Marina we had visited since leaving Sicily and spent  4 nights here. There are a number of options as far as marinas in Corfu but Gouvia was the most sheltered at the time we arrived there.   We hired a car and explored this lovely island.  I am sure as with many other areas we have visited this year, our experience would have been very different if Covid had not been around.  The towns and villages, beaches and tavernas were practically deserted!  We enjoyed our time on the Island and would return next year for a longer stay and to explore the beaches and coves around the coast.

20201004_12444620201004_125622On the 7th October we left Corfu and made a ‘dash’ back towards the Southern Ionian in readiness for our liftout.  A twelve hour sail of 66 miles back to the anchorage off Preveza.  We arrived at 21.45, in the dark, so the anchorage was our safest bet as we knew the area well.  We moved to the town quay early the next day.  Amanda & Jonnie had been sailing in different directions since Alistair’s birthday but they were also heading for Preveza Quay on their way to Vonitsa and then North to Corfu.  We spent the evening with them on Infinite Blue and they departed the following morning.  We were to see them again in Cardiff later in the year.


We spent 3 nights in Preveza before returning through the Lefkas Canal to spend our last few days in the South Ionian.  We were hoping to meet up with Anthea & Paul again before we left and they had offered to take some of our belongings back to Pembrokeshire for us when they returned  in their Motorhome in 2 weeks time.  Money Penny was fully ‘loaded’ as every time we return we seem bring more clothes and other items back with us!  Whilst in Preveza we had had a major clear out before filling a case to return home and also heading for the local charity shop. 

IMG-20210601-WA0009Entering the Lefkas Canal from the North 20201009_190825We were astounded by the numbers of shoes we found onboard!!!!!!

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