Port Appendices
Gulfs of Corinth & Patras

These notes are intended to compliment Rod Heikell’s excellent Greek Waters Pilot, without which we would not have been able to properly and so expeditiously explore the Greek waters we love so much; we strongly urge you to buy each new edition as it is produced.  It is never possible for such a comprehensive publication to be totally up to date thus, where appropriate; we have mentioned changes.  

Gulf of Corinth

It is perhaps the dramatic eastern entrance to this gulf, the Corinth Canal, which makes the trip so worthwhile.  Even after several times through we still find it enthralling and amazing.

Corinth Canal

The canal is expensive.  CGIV is 13.95m in length and was charged €204.08 (April 2006) to pass through the canal.  Night passage is charged at +25% and Sundays and holidays at +30%.  The Pilot covers all other detail required.

Whilst it is expensive it is certainly worth it just for the experience and if time is of the essence, it is around 150 miles shorter than rounding the capes at the southern tip of the Peloponnisos but not necessarily easier wind wise.

Corinth

There is a sort of marina and we did manage to moor within it.  We can find nothing attractive about the marina or the town of Corinth.  Even nearby tavernas are in short supply and those we tried were serving largely expensive rubbish.  We stop here only when safety requires it.

Kiato

An uninteresting harbour conveniently situated 10 miles west of the exit of the canal.

When we visited in April 2006, the little fishing harbour referred to in Pilot was being substantially extended.  Depths inside were between 2.7 and 3.5 metres.  When the quays are finished mooring may become possible.

Ormos Agriliou (38° 00.4’ N 22° 55.5’E)

Set as it is just four miles from the canal entrance, makes it ideal as a stopping place in either direction and is quiet with a fairly stunning backdrop of heavily forested mountainside.

Adjacent to the part to the part of the larger bay we anchor in (see reference above), there is a small select taverna ashore that we have yet to try.

We were there overnight in a fairly stiff northerly and found the holding and protection just fine, as is the swimming.  May be a bit risky in any westerly wind.

Nisoi Alkonidhes (Kolpos Alkionidhon)

If you wish to be alone, this is probably an anchorage for you.  There is somewhere between the islands that will afford protection from almost any wind direction.  It is quite a desolate spot that we find enchanting. 

There are no facilities.  It is perfect for swimming.

Aliki (Kolpos Domvrainis)

One of several anchorages within this little gulf that are well off the beaten track; all have a desolate charm and a magnificent backdrop of mountainous countryside.

Aliki itself is a ghastly example of modern, tasteless property development.  It has tavernas and some provisions can be obtained though we did not actually go ashore.  The possibility of mooring to the mole mentioned in the Pilot was not a possibility when we visited as it was full of local boats on permanent moorings.

We anchored to the west of the breakwater/mole in 3 to 8m of water over a sandy/shingle bottom.  Our anchor though well dug in (we dived to inspect it), seemed to drag through the bottom quite readily but held well enough in the F5/6 northerly wind.

You might find the antics in the salt marsh just over the beach from there quite amusing.  Several folk were seen in swimming costumes covering themselves in its jet black mud then walking around so covered for an hour or so before immersing themselves in the sea to wash it all off again.  As far as we know this is no well known Spa!

Galaxidi

The ideal port for a visit to Delphi, itself a must to visit.  The harbour is steeped in history (see the Pilot for some detail) and is well protected in all winds.  Be careful of the under croft on the harbour wall and the evident tide (we estimated nearly 0.5m one night in 2005), it is a real rudder catcher if stern to.

In the height of the season it is perhaps best to avoid weekends when the Greeks visit from the Athens area as then the nights can be noisy with one bar playing loudish music until just short of dawn.  Otherwise it is the peaceful, quiet place the Pilot describes.

Trizonia

We don’t really know why we love it but we do.  It has a totally unfinished (free) marina that affords perfect shelter from all directions and “Lizzies” yacht club run by Alison, Lizy’s daughter.  The location is superb and the food she produces is excellent.  She also caters for laundry and has Internet access.

There is also a small mini-market and water is available if you’re on the right quay; we never have been.

It is a strategically perfect stopping place on the way through the Gulf but even if it weren’t, we would detour to go there.

Navpaktos

Partly shut your eyes and step back into history as you enter the harbour; through misty eyes it appears as it was a few hundred years ago.

Mooring a largish yacht can be an issue in so far as anchor scope is involved and the possibility of picking up a permanent mooring with your anchor.  But take care it is worth the visit.

Good for provisioning up.

Mesalongi

The entrance canal is absolutely enchanting once you have found the entrance buoys, which is no mean feat in any sort of sea.

Motor slowly up the dredged channel and take in the assortment of wildlife along its banks as well as the variety of working properties standing precariously up on their stilts driven into the deep mud.

Moor up as far away from the corner quay as you can as there is a disco nearby.  It does not operate every night but when it does, if you are within a couple of hundred metres, you will not sleep a wink.

Other than that, the place has history including Byron the poet who apparently ended his days here; maybe the disco did for him?  The walk into town is charming and the people when you get there, friendly.  Drinks and food is cheaper than you expect and the main square, when you find it, full of local life to sit and watch as you sup your drink and pick at your mezze.