A special 15% discount is applied on all charters till the end of La Grande-Motte international multihull boat show in Montpelier 


 

Just right in midwinter Aurora got a new panoramic winter windshield. Apart from the additional comfort provided when sitting at the cockpit table it will help protect the teak deck from dust, rain and salt. 

 

 

  The custom work was done at a workshop based in Alimos marina using the original Sunbrella fabric.

 

 

 


 

Aurora Yachting chose MMK booking manager as a primary booking platform and received a Silver Partner certification.

 

 

 

Yachts are listed in the MMK database. The are accessible to charter agencies for booking via the online portal and are distributed via the search engines. All administration tasks carried out during the processes of booking, invoicing, interacting with clients, and port authorities documentation will be processed online via a local booking manager application. Booking Manager certifies that Aurora Yachting is a professional legal entity with its own fleet of yachts, duly registered for yacht charter activity in Greece.

 

 


Aurora arrives in Athens after passing through Corinth channel 12h before it collapses

Aurora and her crew though the channel of Corinth
When we entered in the Bay of Partas, we moved towards the southern side in order to pass via arch 3 and 4 of the bridge of Rion in order not to interfere with the  commercial traffic. It was not like there was much of it after Patras anyway. So finally after relaxed day of motoring surpassed only by high speed ferries  at the end of the day we could see the pillars of the Bridge of Rion.
Aurora in the Bay of Patras
Ferries quickly passing us

Five miles away from the bridge we have called the traffic control as stated in the navigation guide and as expected they told us to pass through the southern arch. Later turned out that from small boats no one was calling. I have stated our port of departure and arrival and crew number and we continued. Few miles after the bridge just as we were preparing to have dinner the border police had the their boat lights on us and in 15 minutes and they tied to us and boarded. After 2 hours checking all boat papers, passports, IDs, cabins and storage spaces we were free to continue. Somehow I was not hungry anymore and I went to bed. Later a wind appeared but with 25 miles remaining to the Corinth we were not in mood to open sails in the dark and continued with engine. At around 4 we moored in the town of Corinth port and had few hours sleep more until sunrise. Once we got up Georgi already had a bag of cheesepie. We called Corinth pilot control and we were told to go at the entrance. We drift there for 20 minutes and we were given permission to enter into the channel.

Aurora approaching the bridge of Rion
Aurora just before border police check
Aurora into the town of Corinth
Aurora drifting at the entrance of the channel
Aurora entering the channel

Once inside the channel there was no wind or noticeable current and within 30minutes we were on the other side. We were curious view for tourist groups on the bridge saluting us and occasionally we waved at them. We moored on the other side to pay the tax for the channel as this is probably the most expensive channel in the world per mile. For 3,5 miles we paid 108eur for 12 meters boat. That makes somewhere 30eur per mile. Never the less this channel needs a lot of maintenance and saves quite a distance so we were happy to pay the tax. We went back to the boat where Georgi already had found some local dog to play with and not the imaginary one. We released the mooring lines and find our way between the anchored tankers in front of the local oil refinery. According to our calculation in the early afternoon we would be in Alimos marina in Athens. We called Mirko to know we are coming and took small nap while Georgi was heading to the southern cape of Salamia.

Channel of Corinth
Aurora was a curious view alone in the channel
No wind or current noticed
Georgi with his real dog

Soon after lunch on the 20th day since we left Les Sables d'Olone we have entered into the Alimos marina. Mirko and Ani were waiting for us and we moored at Aurora new home port. In the afternoon we washed the sails and the boat and put all deck in order. Rado and Nikolay tested the dinghy out of the port just before sunset. Once we finished our activities was time to go out and celebrate the succesful  completion of our trip in a local tavern with live greek music. It was such a celebration that apart of Rado, Georgi and Nikolay  hardly got up to take the flight to Sofia on the next day.

Aurora trip successfully acomplished
Rado and Nikolay testing Masha
Both skippers Rado and Rado salute the crew for successful trip
All being saluted by the tavern singers

On the next day we got the news that the overnight storm was so strong that some stones collapse into the Corinth channel and now it is blocked for a month at least. Last 6 days since we left Capo di San Vito we were running in front of the big storm. We slept at sea and did not stop overnight in any port and we were quite exhausted at the end but now we were satisfied we did it in this way and we managed to sneak through all dangers and furies of the nature.

During the night Corinth got blocked for a month at least

Aurora is now in good and professional hands and is being prepared for the summer season. Apart of standard equipment , she will get generator, solar panels, air condition in salon and cabins and watermaker to ensure full boat autonomy. If anybody wants to sail with her is very welcome on board. She is being chartered with or without skipper. The area of sailing will be mostly the Saronic gulf and the Cyclades islands, however it is also possible to take her back through Corinth to Lefkada if someone wants to sail her there.

Aurora is now in good hands that take care of her in a professional manner

Storm in Ionian sea throws Aurora 60 miles off course but finally finds safe shelter in Lefkada

 

 

Once we lost sight of the Italian cost the sea started to get rough and southeastern wind started to increase. According to the forecast it was too early. We expected it on the next morning when we were close to Greece but not in the begging of our journey through Ionian sea. The bad weather came 12 hours earlier than expected. We  could easily go 40 miles north with that wind and find shelter behind the toe of Italian boot. Never the less we just corrected our course to point between Zakynthos and Kefalonya and now waves came at 80 degrees to the bow. We reefed the sails and prepared ourselves for a rough night at sea but what came with the darkness was spectacular. Far behind us on the Italian cost started a thunderstorm. With the clouds and the sea in the same colour and flashes from thunders every 5 seconds. We were running away from the storm but it was chasing us. Soon thunders started to appear to the north and even northeast at the heel of the boot. It was like Zeus himself was throwing thunders all around us but we were sailing in the middle into the eye of the storm.

Aurora in a safe shelter in Lefkada old town
 
Night in Ionian sea

With the sunrise the situation improved a bit. We were exactly on the sea border between Greece and Italy with nobody on a 30 miles distance except a tanker vessel called Neverland. Rado had an idea to ask him for the updated weather forecast since without internet coverage we did not know what to expect next. After a breif chat with the on duty officer he told him with stron indian accent today is 4-5 southeast but tomorrow there would be an improvement  6-7 west. He left us wondering how 6-7 stronger wind is an improvement from what we had now apart of may be the direction. We had to make it to Greece before the "improvement" comes.

Sunrise in the Ionian with passing Neverland
Neverland gave us weird weather forecast

In the late afternoon we got mobile network coverage and somehow we felt Greece closer. The waves got bigger but still bearable once we knew we are getting closer to the islands. We have been adjusting the course to the north whole day  to avoid crashing with waves and now we were hardly getting into the channel between Lefkada and Kefalonya. Before getting dark we furled both sails and prepared for strong wind and it came at midnight with heavy rain but luckily no thunderstorms. with 7 miles away from Lefkada we could hardly maintain the course. We missed the southern channel and now our options were to hide behind the north part of Lefkada and if weather allow to pass the north channel when retractable  bridge is open or stay close to the island and enter from western side. The continuing storm left us with no option we could only hide from the northern part of the island and by the morning the weather calmed down. We waited on anchor untill sunrise and slept few hours in front of the channel and once it opened at 08:00 we crossed it.

Lefkada retractable bridge
Rado crossing the channel once bridge was open
Entrance into Lefcada port via northern canal

Once safely moored in the old town Georgi and Nikolay run for cheese pie and  cigarettes. Since Ionian sea crossing took a day longer than expected and they had no cigarettes left they tried to smoke the mint teabags and now we had only 2 mint teabags left. Until they came back we refilled and started the generator and now it was nice and warm. We stopped at the petrol station to refill the diesel tanks a bit. Rado suddenly thought it is a good time to jump from the boat with the clothes to test the water. It was somewhere 15 degrees according to him. 

Georgi with bag of cheesepie
Lefkas Marina and the petrol station
Rado after swimming in Lefkada
Boots are not handy for swimming

Soon we were slowly motoring into the southern Lefkada canal into the bay of Pireaus. We could make a stop or try to pass Corinth on the next morning. With the storm following us if we had favourable conditions we would rather pass the channel once we can.

The most beautiful scrapyard in the world
South Lefkas canal
Canal stretches for miles
Georgi navigating via the canal
The boat flag after the storm
Canal view
Ionian islands view
Safely in to the bay of Piraeus. Time for a nap

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