From Othoni to Erikoussa Islands - 2nd September 2013

Bootlegger of Mann
Frank Newton
Mon 2 Sep 2013 16:58


39:52.65N 19:35.022E

Monday 2 September

Othoni Island, Greece

Crew: Frank and Jackie

Whilst we don’t get to explore its hinterland in the twenty four hours we spend here it is evident Othoni is a very lush and scenic island. Its village/port has two mini markets and several tavernas for visiting yachties and day excursionists from nearby Corfu. In our walk around the place we found the natives to be warm and friendly.

Bootlegger pictured in the new enlarged fishermen's harbour of Ammos on Othoni Island, Greece
View of the western Ammos, Othoni

16:00 39:52.65N 19:35.022E Erikoussa Island We decide to check out this little island just 8 nm NE of Othoni as we understand it has a lovely bay suitable for anchoring in sand with clear waters for swimming. We are not disappointed. No sooner anchored we are in the water.

Erikoussa - Old windmill with museum and church viewed from Bootlegger

Tuesday 3 September

Erikoussa Island, Greece

At anchor; lazy morning snorkelling, swimming, eating and later siesta. Later in the day it really blows up hard from the NW. We let out more anchor chain. We record 30kts here in the bay.

20:00 hrs We see on ‘Ship Finder’ that Birgitta is off Lecce on Italian coast, just 63nm away. Given the conditions out there we don’t envy them.

Wednesday 4 September

Erikoussa Island, Greece

We wake up to a lovely morning with calm waters and no wind. After a swim we go ashore in rubber dubby. We find a nice, clean and tidy village which we have a walk around in the hot morning sun before taking a coffee and later lunch at a pleasant beachside restaurant.

Birgitta arrives in the afternoon. Murray and Lynn have been joined by Murray’s sister Agnes. They advise they had sought shelter the night before in Otranto, Italy before crossing to Greece early this morning. After a much needed swim the three join us for sundowners and the big catch up. Later we go over to Birgitta for dinner. A most enjoyable evening.

Lyn and Murray coming to join us on Bootlegger following their arrival in Erikoussa