We sailed Paikea from Kefalonia to Sardinia in 5 days. It was over 600nm with our only stop being Isola de Ustica off the north west coast of Sicily. We had a great passage and Paikea was traveling in her favourite conditions so it was a comfortable ride for all on board. We arrived in Villasimius just in time to watch the GC32 racing which was so cool. We even got to have a ride on one which was amazing.
The boys have been perfecting their fishing skills too. Nothing big enough for the dinner table but we remain hopeful!
Today in Greece we were looking off our boat and then we saw a big head pop up! It was a loggerhead turtle. He was very big and he came and looked at us. He lives in the shallow harbour with a lot of sea grass and small fish.
We found this bone on display at the dock in Argostoli, Kefalonia. It is the first vertebrate of a Fin Whale and they are found in the Mediterranean Sea. Fin whales are the second largest species on Earth after the Blue Whale.
They can get up to 27m in length. This bone was found lying on the ocean floor by the local glass bottom boat tour company. The species is endangered.
Yesterday a storm hit. We dragged anchor really fast. Dad said to pull on the anchor so we don’t run aground but it was no use. The anchor just dragged and dragged. It was really scary. The rudder touched the bottom of the sea bed. Dad got the stern line wrapped around the propeller and had to cut the rope. He went full steam on the port side so the rudder could get off the rocks. There was a lot of thrust coming out the stern of the boat. We managed to get off the rocks. We lowered the tender in the water to get the stern lines. I had to hold the tender so it didn’t hit the rocks aswell. When Mum and I got back, we pulled up the tender and anchored Paikea in another bay where there was more protection from the wind.
To get to the town quay in Levkas you need to past the swing bridge which opens on the hour every hour. It looks more like a car ferry on a pole it must of had a bowtrusters to turn it. You can anchor just to wait for the bridge to open but there’s a lot wind. One yacht just, just, just made it in.
This is the Blue Cave. Pretty amazing right? It is much different under water. The rocks are so big that it looks like we are small.
On the next picture there is bones but they are actually crystals!
I tried to get some crystals from the rocks by climbing but I couldn’t because it was too strong.
At the old castle in Corfu we ran into this. This is Yacth A the biggest private owned sailing yacht in the world. It cost $400 million to build and has Russian owners It is 142.81 metres in length, it’s tallest mast 91 metres high, it’s weight is 12,700 tonnes , it has a small room in the biggest mast, and it has a glass bottom in the keel. Yacht A can sail at 21 knots. We couldn’t see any anchor chain so we are not sure if it has one or it’s engines just hold station. Uncle Andrew says it has 4 tenders that were all build in New Zealand.
First we had to check out of Italy. We took our passports and boat documents to the police station to say we were leaving Italy. Then we left San Giusto marina and put up the sails. We sailed past Sardinia. It took us 8 hours to get to Croatia. We had to check in at Umag. We pulled up on the coastguard dock and took our passports and documents again. First we spoke to the police then we had to see Harbour Master. Once formalities were done we could go. We anchored in Dalja just south of Umag for the night. It was beautiful and we all had a swim before bed.
Grado was a really cool old city. We took the tender through the canals into the town centre and tied it up while we had a look around. Lots of.lovely old buildings and Mum wanted to see the old church where they had mosiac tile on the floor. Apparently its quite rare. You had to pay to go to the beach which was very strange.