June 14 – Through the Corinthian Canel

The Canel - note the submerable bridge in black and yellow

The Canel - note the submerable bridge in black and yellow

The voyage I chose to go on with The Alexandros is unique and they only do it once in the summer and it has two very long sailing days in it. The Alexandros mainly sails in the Ionian Sea, which appealed to me because it seemed less known than the Aegean and the Cyclades, but this cruise was ideal because I could catch it from Athens and with my limited R & R time that was important.

The second day of my cruise, the other crew members were on their fourth day, was a long sailing day because we were going from Korfus, through the canal and then most of the Gulf of Corinth to overnight is Galaxidi, pronounced Galax CD.

We had breakfast in port and then I went back to bed, until a knock on my door and soft voice informed me we were headed into the canel.  The bridges that allow the cars to pass over the canel don’t go up to allow ships to pass, rather they submerge.  The canel which was constructed between 1881 and 1893 is 3.9 miles long (6.3 km) 82 feet high (25 m) and has a depth of 26.2 feet (8 m).  The size of the canel does not allow really large vessels to pass through e.g. the Carnival Cruise ships.  It connects the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Cornith and cuts 400 km off the trip for the ships that can use it.  It’s construction also effectly made the  Peloponnesian peninsula an island.

We were the last ones through the canel and as we were sailing over the submerged bridge a woman who had been

The Cornithian Canal

The Cornithian Canal

waiting for the bridge to resurface started yelling at us and then a man joined in.  I think they were angry that they had to wait because the yelling didn’t sound very nice, but Thanos yelled back and I just smiled and waved.  Some of the other people waiting for the bridge waved back.  Unforturnately, for the yellers, they must have institgated some bad Karma because they had to wait 20 more minutes for a large catamaran and another boat coming from the other direction.

In the canal

In the canal

After clearing the canel we stopped in Gulf of Corin right near the mainland and the entrance of the canel for a short swim.  There wasn’t a lot of sea life, mainly urchins, but it was nice to cool off.  Right before Alicja got on the boat she shampooed her hair and then rinsed once she was on the boat, very practical, I have photos, but was forbidden to post them, so you’ll only be able to see them in the scrapbook.  She made a nice shark fin with her lathered hair.

Once we were under way again Nicole, Juliette and I headed up for the bow, but I ended up spending most of the day in the rear of the boat under the awning because the bow had no shade and was incredibly hot.

Lunch took place underway and we dined on spaghetti with tuna, greek salad, yummy green olives and for dessert, which is not normally provided after lunch we had apples with honey and cinnamon.

It was a long sailing day and we didn’t dock in Galaxidi until almost 6:00 p.m. The highlight of the sail was a school of

Striped dolphins play off the bow

Striped dolphins play off the bow

stiped dolphins that joined us playing off our bow wake.  They stayed with us a good 20 minutes before they got bored and went off in search of more exciting entertainment.

After docking, Nicole, Juliette and I went to explore the small town of Galaxidi.  I checked out the bus square for my excursion the next day to the ancient site of Delphi, then we went to the other side of the harbor and to check out the old church.  As we were walking away from the church  I found a small lapel pin on the ground, it had a pink ribbon, a pink glass bead, the figure of a girl and a cross.  Nicole said it was my sign from God, we had been talking about religion earlier in the day, but my sign for what from God?  He’s so cryptic, I really specific instructions.

After visiting the chruch and perusing the town, we headed out to find something to eat.  We walked by every single restaurant in town and finally ended up eating Gyros from a take out place by the dock.

Chruch at Galaxidi

Chruch at Galaxidi

Juliette checks out our progress through the canal

Juliette checks out our progress through the canal

Group swim shot

Group swim shot

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