I grew up far away from the sea.
My parents were very overprotective but I guess that wasn’t enough to reshape my adventurous personality.
I’m an explorer at heart and so is Captain Fox who didn’t stop believing in me even for one moment (mainy due to the lack of more suitable candidates for the co-skipper position).
Carried by the wind and water, on a 34 ft Beneteau Oceanis, the two of us crossed the Ionian Sea, explored many of the islands and even conquered the mighty Ithaka – the kingdom of the ancient hero Odysseus.
This journey certainly required some sailing skills and a good amount of courage, so here I’m going to share our experience in navigating around this beautiful and legendary part of Greece.
Vliho to Meganisi
We chartered the boat from Vliho Yacht Club. Vliho is a small but important bay on Lefkada Island and many people start their sailing holidays from this place.
Meganisi island is quite close to Lefkada but considering my limited sailing experience, we decided to take some baby steps until I managed to learn more.
The water was smooth and the wind was about 15 knots in the afternoon. One thing that makes Greece a sailing paradise is that the wind is very predictable – 1 to 5 pm is the ideal time because there’s almost no wind before noon but it gets too strong after 4.30.
We spent the night next to a village called Little Vathi – highly recommended!