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I was chatting with a dock neighbour this weekend. I had passed him on the water while we were enjoying a particularly fun sail. In Georgian Bay, just West of Giant's Tomb Island.

He mentioned that he had a bit of video of our encounter.
Looks like a good day indeed!
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That is what I call luck, I mean a nice video of your boat taken by chance

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The Ambracian gulf is a historical place. It was at its entrance that Octávio (later August and the biggest of Roman Imperators) defeated its main rival, António ( and Cleopatra) in one of the most important naval battles in history). It is also a sailing paradise.

It is a vast enclosed sea surrounded by mountains that are responsible in the summer for a strong wind (thermal breeze). The wind starts to pick up slowly at mid day and at 3PM is already blowing hard and it stays like that till almost sunset. The enclosed sea prevents the formation of big waves so you can have over 20k of wind with only 1m waves.

And the good news are that there are almost no sailing boats there, the tourism is very incipient and you will find mostly Greeks and that means not only that it is cheap all around but also that you will get a nice treatment, not the one that is reserved for mass tourism.


Those moonshine pictures were taken there as this photos (Koronisia). After these ones I will post some more. I really liked the place and the people.







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The Ambracian gulf is a historical place. [/IMG]
Beautiful looking spot and interesting historical significance.
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Beautiful looking spot and interesting historical significance.
Yes and it was a pity my boat has too much draft for entering that almost empty small port. I guess that with 2m draft you can risk it since the bottom is mud. I would have liked to have the boat there to go to Arta. I saw the city with the binoculars and it looked just great. In ancient times the gulf was bigger (now part of it are closed fishfarms) and Arta (Ambracia) was near its shores. First a small Corinthian colony rose to capital of the Kingdom of Epirus.

Curiously almost all of us have heard something related with this kingdom and city: Have you heard about a "Pyrrhic victory"? That’s right, Pyrrhus was a King of this realm.

Regarding that naval battle, August founded a city in its memory, Nikopolis (also called ancient Preveza) that in time become the capital of Epirus supplanting Arta. You can lay anchor near its ruins, we did.

Another incredible place, even better than the last one I have posted photos is Paliamylous a nice bay protected from the predominant winds (that in the summer blow always from the same side) with a great beach bar that can offers you meals at a very good price. The place belongs to an incredible Greek (Pedro), that is a wealthy man and has this beach bar as a hobby (it is the guy in the middle, on the photo of the bar).

When I swim to the bar to ask if they served meals I talked with him and asked if he had Visa. He said now but that I could pay any other time. I end up picking a ride with him (me and my wife) to the next town to get money and shopping for food. Next year he will join the sail community. He was a Jeanneau 44 being built for him.

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Re: Pictures: Those perfect moments

A great romp in Christmas winds with Bequia astern and the Tobago Cays ahead.
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More pictures from the Ambracian Gulf:

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I will nor resist to post a "little" work made on the last picture:





And this one is from Vonitsa, also om the Ambracian Gulf: Nice town, several protected anchorages around and even the local marina is inexpensive, as the food and all the rest. I will be back there sometime

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Paulo - do you do anything but sail to gorgeous places in the Med.? You seem to have been in every nook and crannie of that sea.
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Paulo - do you do anything but sail to gorgeous places in the Med.? You seem to have been in every nook and crannie of that sea.
Well, do you mean if I only sail on the Med or if I am sailing all the time in the Med?

The answer to the first question is no. I have made all the Portuguese coast and most of the Atlantic Spanish coast and sailed there several seasons.

The answer to the second is also no, but I have on the last 10 years sailed many months on the med and on the next 2 years I hope to sail at least 8 more before going to the Canary, Madeira and Açores Islands.

Regarding the Med I know all Spanish coast, the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Elba and the Islands around, Ponza, South of Italy, part of North of Italy (Adriatic) and central (Tyrrhenian), Slovenia, Croatia, Monte Negro and part of the Ionian Greece.

Next year I want to sail around Sicily, to know a lot of Italian Islands (Capri, Pantelaria, the Stromboli and the Lipari Islands, Lampedusa), Malta, Ionic Greece, and part of the Aegean.

I plan to leave the boat in Greece and next year I will do the rest of the Aegean, Cyclades, Turkey, Crete, Chipre, Rodes and then I guess that I will return. Maybe I leave the boat on Sardinia and then next year it will be the Atlantic Islands.

Well, I guess I know only half of the Med. The other half is for discover on the next two years. I don't know if you have been there, if not it is hard to describe it. Probably the guy that knows it better is Rod Heikel that besides having circumnavigated has here its favorite cruising grounds. He has published several pilot guides and has a site full of wonderful stories, have a look:

Early Days in the Med - Mediterraneo

I am talking about him because he describes the Med better than anybody, something like this: It is a place where you can sail all day and at night you will find always a nice cove with a taberna

Besides that, in many places you have pre-set wind. I mean, it blows always from the same side, only in the afternoon and at night you have no wind at all

The number of shelters and coves is absolutely unbelievable. I guess that for instance Mallorca Island has more and better shelters than all Portuguese Coast and there are also nice places on the Portuguese coast.

To give you an Idea of the type of sailing I have done this summer, it was like that: After the morning bath and occasional shopping in a small village I pull out the anchor at around 10 AM and start sailing in the very week morning wind, I mean normally 3 or 4K and I mean sailing, doing 2.5K, 3.5K, sometimes less, while reading a book without knowing exactly were I am going, just the general direction.

After lunch, conveniently taken before wind starts to pick up, according with its direction and strength I chose two or three nice places (or coves) where I could stay and start to enjoy sailing.

if it blows really nice and I am doing 8/9K instead of the 6 I was expecting I just forget about those places and just chose some others that will allow me to fully enjoy sail and arrive there at about 5 in the afternoon.

After the afternoon bath sometimes we go to the local taverna to have a meal, or din in the boat at sunset, going to land for a drink at night. This lifestyle is not only on Croatia, but on Greece or in other med Islands.

So, its easy to get used to this. Don't take me wrong, I miss to sail non-stop for several days, but I cannot do that with my wife. She does not like it at all and I have to do that alone or with my kids that this summer worked all summer. Not that I am complaining

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Well, do you mean if I only sail on the Med or if I am sailing all the time in the Med?

The answer to the first question is no. I have made all the Portuguese coast and most of the Atlantic Spanish coast and sailed there several seasons.

The answer to the second is also no, but I have on the last 10 years sailed many months on the med and on the next 2 years I hope to sail at least 8 more before going to the Canary, Madeira and Açores Islands.

Regarding the Med I know all Spanish coast, the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Elba and the Islands around, Ponza, South of Italy, part of North of Italy (Adriatic) and central (Tyrrhenian), Slovenia, Croatia, Monte Negro and part of the Ionian Greece.

Next year I want to sail around Sicily, to know a lot of Italian Islands (Capri, Pantelaria, the Stromboli and the Lipari Islands, Lampedusa), Malta, Ionic Greece, and part of the Aegean.

I plan to leave the boat in Greece and next year I will do the rest of the Aegean, Cyclades, Turkey, Crete, Chipre, Rodes and then I guess that I will return. Maybe I leave the boat on Sardinia and then next year it will be the Atlantic Islands.

Well, I guess I know only half of the Med. The other half is for discover on the next two years. I don't know if you have been there, if not it is hard to describe it. Probably the guy that knows it better is Rod Heikel that besides having circumnavigated has here its favorite cruising grounds. He has published several pilot guides and has a site full of wonderful stories, have a look:

Early Days in the Med - Mediterraneo

I am talking about him because he describes the Med better than anybody, something like this: It is a place where you can sail all day and at night you will find always a nice cove with a taberna

Besides that, in many places you have pre-set wind. I mean, it blows always from the same side, only in the afternoon and at night you have no wind at all

The number of shelters and coves is absolutely unbelievable. I guess that for instance Mallorca Island has more and better shelters than all Portuguese Coast and there are also nice places on the Portuguese coast.

To give you an Idea of the type of sailing I have done this summer, it was like that: After the morning bath and occasional shopping in a small village I pull out the anchor at around 10 AM and start sailing in the very week morning wind, I mean normally 3 or 4K and I mean sailing, doing 2.5K, 3.5K, sometimes less, while reading a book without knowing exactly were I am going, just the general direction.

After lunch, conveniently taken before wind starts to pick up, according with its direction and strength I chose two or three nice places (or coves) where I could stay and start to enjoy sailing.

if it blows really nice and I am doing 8/9K instead of the 6 I was expecting I just forget about those places and just chose some others that will allow me to fully enjoy sail and arrive there at about 5 in the afternoon.

After the afternoon bath sometimes we go to the local taverna to have a meal, or din in the boat at sunset, going to land for a drink at night. This lifestyle is not only on Croatia, but on Greece or in other med Islands.

So, its easy to get used to this. Don't take me wrong, I miss to sail non-stop for several days, but I cannot do that with my wife. She does not like it at all and I have to do that alone or with my kids that this summer worked all summer. Not that I am complaining

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