Spring 2021

ENGINE MAINTENANCE - HAUL OUT - BIMINI TOP By the end of October 2020, we arrived back in Corfu, our home port. About 10 days later, the Greek Government decided again that due to the high risk of Covid contamination every citizen had to stay home and respect a very strict quarantine. It was totally …

October 2020

CAPE SOUNION - CORINTH CANAL - TRIZONIA - ¬†CORFU We stayed in Lavrio for a couple of days and, the 2nd of October, left at dawn towards Cape Sounion. In Classical Antiquity, Lavrio was famous for its silver mines. The Athenians mainly exploited the silver for coining. After the battle of Marathon, Themistocles convinced them …

September 2020

MILINA - MEDICANE ON A MOORING - EURIPUS CHANNEL Days were slowly becoming shorter and we could sense the end of summer. Except for a few afternoons that we went sailing around the Trikeri peninsula, most of our time was spent hanging on a mooring. Time was filled with reading, swimming, fishing and relaxing. Finally …

August 2020

VISITING PELION PENINSULA During the month of August 2020 we thought that it would be wiser to stay still and avoid wandering around the Greek archipelago. Despite the pandemic outbreak, a lot of tourists had arrived. In the latest years, sailing holidays have become more and more popular and the quantity of charter boats in …

July 2020

SKIATHOS - MILINA After spending 10 days in Porto Koufo we had to move on. 60 nm to the south, Skiathos was our next stop. The name "Skiathos" is composed out of two words. "Skia" (shade) & "Athos" meaning: the shade of Mount Athos. At first we were planning to land on one of the …

June 2020

PREPARATION - THASOS - MOUNT ATHOS - PORTO KOUFO   The last preparation of the boat before the journey was consisting in finding storage on board. When every little bag of gear and supplies landed in the cockpit, we started to think that we will not fit everything in. Amazingly, this was all cleared and …

May 2020

MANUAL WINDLASS - AIS ANTENNA - TEAK GRATING   In the middle of winter, the Covid-19 outbreak began. The first lockdown in Greece was in March 2020 and lasted for more than 2 months. We were confined at home and sailing was totally forbidden until June. During the month of May, we cautiously started to …

October 2019

STERN GLAND - EXHAUST ELBOW RISER¬† After all the problems with the traditional packing stern gland in June, we finally decided to replace the system. This piece of gear had to be removed without taking out the shaft. But on Contessa's, the shaft can be extracted only if the rudder is down. That meant a …

June 2019

MOVING ON BOARD - SUN AWNING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - STERN GLAND In Greece the month of June is quite hot and sunny. A protection from the sun was now essential. We ordered a large sun awning which also had to be waterproof. The material is quite tough but light enough to be foldable and …