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PASSAGE TO GREECE

We left Dubrovnik just after 7 a.m. on April 20th in the company of our friends on Glass Slipper (John & Cyndi) and Excalibur (Jorge & Isabel) for the 200 NM passage to Corfu.  The weather forecast had been for favorable winds and we were hoping for a nice sail.  Wrong! 

Underway with Glass Slipper and Excalibur

Underway with Glass Slipper and Excalibur

The seas were very rolly and on the stern most of the way.  Although occasionally the light winds would carry a gennaker, it proved to be a tease. 

Gennaker Time. . .but not for long!

Gennaker Time. . .but not for long!

With the wind directly behind us (not in any forecast) we were barely able to carry sail at all, so motored most of the way.  As with all overnight passages there were memorable moments captured by the pictures that follow.

 

Sunset Spectacular

Sunset Spectacular

Going, going. . .

Going, going. . .

 

Gone

Gone

The following morning the weather and sea conditions were unchanged, but after a wonderful sunrise we caught our first glimpse of Greece.  The wind Gods were kind to us as we approached our final destination and we actually sailed for the last couple hours–so peaceful after hours of engine noise.

Sunrise over Albanian Coast

Sunrise over Albanian Coast

First Sight of Greece

First Sight of Greece

After a somewhat boring 33 hour, 225 NM passage (30 hrs. of it motoring) from Dubrovnik to Corfu we arrived at the Gouvia Marina about 5:30 p.m. on April 21st.  We actually thought it was 4:30 p.m. and didn’t discover the time difference until the following day, by which time it was really irrelevant. 

Marina Gouvia, Corfu

Marina Gouvia, Corfu

As we docked we asked the attendant about checking in and his reply was “Plenty of time tomorrow, just relax and enjoy yourself”.  We think we are going to like Greece.

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