To Crete

Wed 11 Oct 2017

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This year it was Crete’s turn to be explored. From Preveza we sailed in a few days to Kythira, a quiet island with untouched nature. Here are no traces of mass tourism. From the port of Kapsali to Crete it was still 63 miles to go. It turned out to be a super quiet crossing with a incredibly flat sea.
On Crete we moored in the Venetian port of Chania. At our arrival the friendly harbor master gave us a lot of information and tips about his city. And there’e no doubt, Chania is the most beautiful city of Crete thanks to its picturesque alleys and charming restaurants … We stayed here a whole week and enjoyed it.

Gramvousa, the northwesternmost peninsula with white sand and shallow azure water, was on the bucket list of the Brioso crew from the start. We visited this place 15 years ago by rental car. Then it was only a distant dream to throw the anchor with our own boat at this paradiselike spot.
From Gramvousa the tour continued eastwards. We visited the city of Rethymnon and the beautiful village of Ormos Bali. Once arrived at the small island of Dia, a strong wind began to rise and the anchorage in the bay offered little shelter. The wind kept on stirring all day long with an unpleasant swell as a result. A good night’s sleep became impossible. The next morning we decided to sail to the sheltered port of Agios Nikolaos. The weather forecasts wouldn’t improve soon and the ongoing wind threatened to hold us down for a long time. Even in the marina we could feel the swell of the waves.
On our list were still many beautiful places  in Crete that we wanted to visit. But in the end we decided to return to the quieter sailing area of ​​the Ionian sea. This meant that we had a 230 mile trip ahead of us. During the first hours of our trip the sea was quite turbulent. It was not until sunset that the weather calmed down again. In the distance we saw Kythira popping up but making a stopover was not an option. A few hours later the wind would rise. After 29 hours of sailing we arrived at the Peloponnese, in the harbor of Finikounda.
Back in the Ionian Sea we were able to relax and to hop around the islands. In the end we will take a break on our beloved island of Corfu. Underneath the autumn sun we brought Brioso back to Preveza where he will stay for his winter rest onshore for the third year in a row.

miles sailed: 1150 mijl = 2130 km

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