Paxoi and Preveza

Posted Sept. 23, 2012 at 10:44

We left Syvota on the mainland early morning and headed over 8nm away to the north end of Paxoi island - it was a nice early morning easterly breeze that took us there and died down as the sun rose higher.

We sailed past the entrance of the overcrowded Lakka anchorage (where at some point in the recent past, there were reports of rats swimming out to board boats via their anchor chains - and even this did not achieve the desired effect of reducing the number of boats still going to anchor there).   Our aim was to pass down the western shore of the island during the morning calm and head for an anchorage at the south end for the afternoon...

Photos of us sailing past cliffs below are courtesy of Geza of Isabell who accompanied us on our Greece trip...
At the end of the Paxoi cliff-cave-tour, we anchored in the also crowded bay of Mongonisi, dinghied over about a n.mile to the main island port of Gaios, and rented scooters to see the island from the roads and also visit Lakka...


The wall at Lakka...
Lakka was nice, but the road there and back lacked vistas and was mostly passing sparsely wooded territory and a couple of small villages each made up of only a few houses. Of course, there were quite a lot of gravel side-roads that might have led to higher ground and vistas, or to beaches, but the three hours we had until evening weren't enough for those.

The next day we were itching to continue for Preveza to finally look at the marinas there for wintering purposes...  They were a decent dinghy ride across a bumpy channel from our anchorage (and Preveza).  The the sight of more than a thousand of masts on land spread over three marinas side-by-side is impressive.  And no power-boats to speak of...

Then I went to check in with port police in Preveza to get some stamps on our transit log (as a non-EU boat should).  At the counter, a courteous, young police-woman kept answering seemingly endless phone calls while keeping me waiting... Finally, she got to look at our papers, and with my luck, I ran into another pedantic one...  Each of our papers, passports was checked three times, letter by letter, spelling of names, numbers, while still answering phone calls and routing some of them...  Everything got copied, I had to fill out additional forms declaring this and that (e.g. crew lists, oil and waste dumping declaration, like big ships would), and she was even going to charge us 8euros of harbour dues per night, but after asking three times and receiving the same answer that we're anchored outside the harbour and came in with the dinghy, she gave up.  This took an hour.  Later, while walking in the harbour, I inquired about anyone asking for any dues from boats moored alongside... they all said it was free.
- Z -