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Katakolon    37ºN38'  021ºE19'

July 2010

Today we had a very pleasant sailing day, going from Zante to Katakolon. Its port is divided in 3 zones. One for the locals and fishermen, one for the ferries and large cruisers and one for passing sailboats. When you arrive, a person ask you 15€ per night, including water (poor quality) and electricity. Going directly to the port authority, you will save some 5 € the first day. If you stay longer, as you will not have to pay again for the port entry, just the night you will save 10€!

You can in any cases also choose to anchor north of the port, with good holding.

Along side the port you will find a lot of bars (with WIFI) , restaurants and souvenirs shops. Behind those there is a grocery shop and international press shop. The site of Olympia is distant from 25 km. You can rent a car (Avis 40€), take a bus or a taxi.

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Kiparissia   37ºN15'  021ºE39'

July 2010


Kiparissia is a town located 25 NM south of Katakolon. Contrary to the description of the Imray Pilot Book, it is a well protected port, as the mole has been completed. In fact it is quite large, but only a zone is reserved for sailboats. Water and electricity are also free. There are two taverns alongside the port, but many restaurants and bars in town. the city has nothing special to offer, but has all type of commerce. We did not find any automatic washing machines,neither a shipshandler. On both sides of the port there are beaches . The one on the West offers bars, showers, racket ball fields, etc.

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Pylos 36ºN55'  021ºE42'

July 2010


Zakinthos is the capital of the island of the same name also called Zante. From its Venetian and English domination very little is left since the 1953 earthquake. Around its large square, close to the port, you will find lots of restaurants, fashion cafés, lots of tourists shops with a large quantity of items related to turtles, and all types of commerce including supermarkets. The port is divided in three zones. A marina that is not completed and is useless except for the locals and some tourists boats, the ferries zone and the public  quay for visitors. It offers electricity and water. Note that when you arrive, a person ask your papers, transit log, names of the crew, etc. and ask you 15€ per day. That individual in fact does not represent the port authority and once you answer that you will deal directly with the authority, he leaves you... A truck with mineral water offers its services (Why as there is free water at the pontoon?) and you can get fuel, also via a truck.

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Kalamata   37ºN01'  022ºE06'

July 2010


We found the Yamaha dealer that repaired the engine of our tender in less than two hours, charged 140€, plus pieces! There was sand in our carburator and water in the fuel deposit. Apparently it is quite usual that the gas stations put an additive to the fuel ... using H2O!

The marina of Kalamata is part of the MedMarinas (Gouvea, Lefkas, etc.) and the price is 35€ for one night,. plus 4€ for the water. The electricity is free. There are showers and wash machines available. The marina offers 220 berths, but mainly for locals and small motor boats. The bar man of the club can provide you with gas! Along side it you will find lots of restaurants. Close to it there is a supermarket and a baker. Down town you find all types of shops, but the town is quite dirty and offers little interest. Except that little church located in the middle of crossing streets

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Lemini   36ºN41'  022ºE22'

July 2010


Port Lemini is our last stop over before passing the famous Cape Matapan. Builded with local stones in the Maniote style, the houses have a great character. It is worth the visit! You can anchor in front of the village, but the large number of boys for small local boats and the swimmers oblige you to go deeper. As an alternative you can anchor at the NE side of the bay, in front of local tavernas (we recommend the one called Efixirion run by the very nice Maria, in 5 meters with sand. Good holding. Just be aware of some gusts at the beginning of the evening that runs from the ravine. You can also find a berth at the small ( maximum 5 sailboats) mole, but there seems to me more swell.

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Cape Matapan & Cape Maléas

August 2010


The West-East passage of the Peloponnese is to take with care. The two capes, Matapan and Maléas have a bad reputation. There are even mentioned in the Odyssey for their bad temper! We met in Kalamata an Italian who sails solo, that crossed them with a forecast of Force 5. He got in fact Force 10 with guts of 54 kn.! He destroyed a sail, and another sailboat crossing at the same time has to replace its boom. So we decided to be very cautious, and we set sails with 8 to ten knots. nevertheless the wind reached 23 kn. very suddenly. So the rule is very simple: just multiply by two the wind forecasts!


Nisos Elafonisos  36ºN26'  022ºE57'

August 2010


This island is located in the Gulf of Lakonikos, between the Peloponnese and the island of Kithera, close to Cape Maléas. On the south of the island, the East side of the Sarakiniko Gulf, offers a good shelter and overnight anchorage for the boats crossing the Capes. The beach is spectacular and the water warm and very clear. There are a few zones offering sun umbrellas and deck chairs. We regret that we did not have the possibility to stay longer there or to visit the village of the same name, with its small port, but we wanted to take advantage of the good weather forecasts and enter in the Aegean Sea.



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