Spring Milebuilder 2010 – Lefkas

We’re planning something different for our milebuilding trip this Spring. Join us on a voyage from the Ionian to the Saronic, taking in the Gulf of Corinth and including a trip through the stunning Corinth Canal. I’m quite excited by this as I have done the trip a couple of times in the past. The scenery is stunning and the sailing good. If there’s a spare place I may well join the crew myself!

You should plan to arrive in Lefkas on either Saturday night or Sunday morning and the yacht will sail on Sunday 23 May as soon as all crew are on board and have had a safety briefing. Lefkas (also called Lefkada) is an attractive town to visit and has a comfortable marina.

Depending upon weather the trip will include Captain Corelli’s island of Kefalonia, Zakinthos, the interesting town of Messalonghi, where Lord Bryon is buried, with its houses on stilts next to the canal. You’ll call in at the busy port of Patras then head down through the Gulf of Corinth to Corinth, where you can visit the ancient city. After passing through the canal you’ll visit our home island of Aegina before finishing in Alimos Marina, close to Athens. During the week you will complete at least one Yachtmaster qualifying passage of over 60 nautical miles and one overnight passage.

There will be interesting navigation challenges with three canals to negotiate – Lefkas, Messolonghi, and Corinth – and large ports as well as little Greek harbours. The trip will provide excellent experience for both relatively new sailors and those who have passed some basic RYA courses. It may be possible to take an RYA course on the trip – contact me with your requirements please.

Your yacht will be a 2000/2001 Beneteau First 47.7. She is 14.5m long with a beam of 4.5m and a 2.3m draft. She carries a fully battened mainsail and roller furling genoa giving a total sail area of 120 m2. The First 47.7 is a well regarded cruiser that has a big cockpit so she is very suitable for a larger crew.

With four cabins she’ll accommodate a crew of 8 including instructor/skipper as you can see from the layout below.

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