Murray and Chreanne left in a taxi at 10:00, and we set out towards Patras immediately, as there was a useful NW F4. But it didn't last, and by noon we were alternately motoring and sailing in variable F2. By 14:00, we had a good breeze, which took us all the way up to Mesolongi, where we moored on the north, commercial quay.
|James & Hanneka||Rion Bridge|
|Best berth in Nafpaktos!||And looking down from the castle|
We hoped to make it all the way to Galaxidi, for Delphi next day, but a fickle wind dumped us just by Trixonia, so we motored into the bay, where we found ample space to anchor in the shallow, southern bight. Launched the dinghy and explored the tiny village and abandonned marina.
|Looking across the anchoarage to Trixonia marina||Galaxidi north bay|
The forecast was now for 3 or 4 days of nasty weather, so we hired a car. First I toured the town, and got a quote higher than I wanted, then went on the net and got the same motor for a reasonable price!
|Delphi from above||Temple|
|At anchor in Trixonia||Heinz and Angie on Razzmatazz|
From our car excursions we'd decided that sailing further into the gulf didn't seem so attractive. So, when we'd handed back the car, we set sail east, reaching Trixonia again after a slow sail, and dropped anchor in the south bight again.
Elias (Greek publisher of superbly detailed charts) said one should visit the islet St Iannis and swim in a landlocked pool there. So we dinghied across and inspected the stagnant pond, then failed to find the rock alledgedly just north of the islet. After lunch we decided to explore the marina more thoroughly. We saw a Woods catamaran, and approached the lady on board. She invited us to come back later when her husband, who could answer our questions, would have returned. Heinz and Angie, a German couple, had bought the boat as a bit of a wreck from an Englishman who'd been overtaken by ill health. They'd made a beautiful job of fitting her out. We invited them for a sail next morning, as they had yet to explore the joys of sailing a sporty cat.
So, next morning, we circumnavigated the island with Heinz and Angie, with a nice beat to windward and a fast reach setting Mr Blue, our gennaker. I think they really enjoyed it. Hope we meet them under sail next year! Then, rather than set sail in a fickle wind late in the day, we walked to the ends of the island.
Was hard work digging the anchor out of mud next morning! We thought of sailing on past Nafpaktos. But a thunderstorm encouraged us to anchor on the mudflats nearby, and then we decided to go in and bag "our spot" in the shallows by the entrance, alongside Astra of Hamble, CA members with a motor-sailer. Got the bikes out and explored the supermarkets, including Lidl and Carrefour, a short ride west from the town.
This little cruise ended with an uneventful overnight on Mesolongi quay.