We had an amazing 3 weeks in Italy.
We saw beautiful landscapes and historical sites, had near death experiences driving, and great food.
But now is the time to move on and start sailing around the Greek Islands.
We’ve sailed before with Nick’s dad Martin and step mum Linda and had great fun, so when they offered to sail with them again we were very excited to join.
The idea behind this ‘floatilla’ sailing experience is to rent a boat for the week and travel with others in a convoy like fashion.
A lead boat organises moorings, provides weather updates, and helps in the event problems arise.
Sailing the boat from A to B safely is up to you.
Lucky Martin is an experienced sailor so we always feel safe cruising around, even with zero sailing knowledge (well…we know one knot!).
Last time we sailed we went around South Ionian Islands such as Lefkas, Ithaca and Kefalonia.
This time we’re doing the North Ionian with Corfu, Paxos and Anti-Paxos.Our first day was dedicated to arriving and organising things for the week ahead.
We arrived the night before and slept behind a taverna next to the harbour. Nick was delighted with the bacon and egg breakfast as he needed a break from croissants.
Martin and Linda landed in the morning.
We sailed off the next morning towards our first stop, Ormiskos Valtou, a little creek on the mainland.
The first few hours were pretty relaxed with a fairly calm sea, until we started making our way across the waters towards our first stop.
We usually have a little speed contest between us and yesterday Nick won doing 8.5 knots. I did 7.5.
We hit quite an angle at one point, hanging on was necessary!
After arriving at our remote destination for night one, we had to wait for a while for the lead boat to arrive to help us moor (which involved intentionally beaching the boat, something new even for Martin).With a short dingy paddle to shore, we finished off the day with a lovely barbecue and fresh beers.It was so secluded; just one bar, a big beach, and rolling hills as far as the eye could see.Normally we stop at small towns – a different stop for the first night!
No tips or distance walked this week. We’re barely walking.