In the late morning we packed up an set out for
Lefkas. This is a trip of about 35 nautical miles and has a canal that
cuts the distance down to the east side. Our plan was to go through the
canal and stop at the marina for two days. But as we talked some more the
thought of navigating a shallow narrow canal and waiting for a bridge to open
was not favorable. Further the marina was on the shallow side and we did
not want to get stuck again. So we chose the long way around the island.
The prior night had some strong winds offshore making the
passage very rolly as we were beam to the waves. As we reached the
southern point of the island the depth went from 250 meters to 10 meters almost
instantly. Again as we rounded the point the depth again dropped.
These waters are poorly charted so it is not unusual to have incorrect reading
but 200 meters off is too much. Then seeing a flock of birds feeding on
fish at the surface we suspect that the shallow sounding we in fact a school of
fish just below the surface.
Anyway rounding the point brought strong winds as can
happen. Winds were 25 knots for about one half hour till we got further
around. I thought of putting up the sails since we had no winds on the
way down it would be a welcome change. But the day was getting short and
the winds just local so we continued on motoring.
We chose a protected anchorage called Ormos Vlikho just
south of the town Nidri. This is effectively a saltwater lake with just a
narrow entrance. Once inside there is room for over 100 boats in waters
less than 8 meters depth. A few tavernas on shore in the southern end and
the town of Nidri north across from Tranquil Bay (anything but tranquil now
adays). Good place to have stopped except for the barking dog all night
Being almost totally enclosed the water is eutrophic (green)
and not a place I would swim.