We left Ormos Anemokambi on a beautifully still morning and
set off intending to anchor for one more night before going through the
canal. It was absolutely stunning, the water was like a mirror. It might
have not been the best weather for sailing but nevertheless it was beautiful.
Anyhow a short time into our journey we decided that it would be best to take
advantage of this calm weather to travel through the Corinth Canal so we
changed direction and headed straight for the canal.
On our way to the canal
On our way in
When we arrived at the canal we had to wait around as there
was a convoy of boats on its way through from the other end. Eventually
we were called forward and followed behind the boats in the picture. It is
really pretty narrow and there is a current which can affect the passage.
We’re really here!
There is a road bridge at both ends which is raised to allow
the passage of boats.
As we entered the canal we cold see that the sides were
crumbling somewhat and because of this it is closed one day a week for
maintenance. It is one of the most expensive stretches of water in the world
and in our case it cost €185! Bearing in mind it’s only about 3 miles long…
And narrower and higher
Finally we came out the other side and
the road bridge there was lowered
The change in the weather from one side of the canal to the
other was quite dramatic. It went from completely windless to blowing a
hooley! By the time we were through and had paid there wasn’t enough time
to go all the way to Salamina before dark so we anchored in the bay immediately
outside the canal. It wasn’t the most delightful spot or indeed the most
sheltered. The railway line and the motorway were both right by the shore and
an oil refinery was right next door. However we were able to spend a
reasonably peaceful night.
Distance run 40.07nM Cumulative total 3141.27nM