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Northwards: Destination Corfu

Then we finally managed to cast off in Messolonghi. With the help of Marinero Dimitri it was quite relaxed. As the wind was still coming from the east and might have pushed us onto the pier, he pulled us out of the box backwards with the dinghy. It couldn't have been more comfortable.

As we only had five days to get to Corfu, we couldn't always wait for the right wind and had to start our Nanni frequently. 

The first stop on the way north was the small island of Kalamos. In the beautiful green anchorage of Port Leone/Kefali, we could admire the magnificent starry sky at night. The Milky Way was especially good to see. In this bay there are only the ruins of a village, which was completely destroyed by an earthquake and therefore abandoned, and a well-preserved church.

Next stage: past the island of Meganisi, with its many beautiful bays, along the east coast of Lefkas through the channel between the island and the mainland to the small port of Mytikas just north of Preveza. This time we couldn't take our time on this stretch, but on the way back to our winter camp on Lefkas we want to take a look at many things here. At the end of the Lefkas channel, we arrived just in time at the bridge, which is raised and swung to the side every hour on the hour.

The small harbour of Mytikas, which we had chosen as a place to spend the night, turned out to be a disappointment. We had read some positive reports on Navily. We cannot recommend it. Unmarked rocks under water in the entrance, many mooring buoys of the fishing boats and otherwise very shallow. That was too much risk for us. So we anchored next to the harbour in front of a sandy beach. A nice place, but with some swell. But we could watch the sunset with a clear view of the sea.

And we continued the next morning. Actually, we wanted to sail to the island of Paxos. But the wind on the way convinced us that it would be better to sail along the mainland to Parga. That was a good decision. We had already been to Parga a good four years ago, but we didn't have Aglaya then. Her former owners Trix and Peter picked us up from the ferry at Igoumenitsa. On the way to Messolonghi to visit their boat, we stopped in Parga. We had already liked the place at that time. And that's where we met Peter and Trix, and later Aglaya in Messolonghi. This time we anchored with many other boats in the bay next to the harbour.

Early the next morning we pulled up the anchor and set off for the island of Corfu. We still had one day before we wanted to be in Corfu Town. So we headed for the small fishing port of Petriti. A very nice discovery. We were able to moor at the pier, but there are also many possibilities to anchor there. We will certainly stop by here again.

On 14 September, there was only a short distance to go. 11 nautical miles to Corfu Town. As planned, we moored there in the beautiful Mandraki Marina. We had been here once before in 2007 with a charter boat with our friends Pia and Max and their daughter Lea. Located directly below the castle, very close to the old town, we are now waiting for Lisa, our visitor. The castle is home to the Corfu Music Academy. The whole day we hear virtuoso piano sounds from there. A very special ambience.

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