We set sail early morning on our last trip for the season to Preveza, unfortunately the sea was a mill pond and the breeze was just a whisper, so no sailing. As we headed into the Lavkas canal we speeded up hoping to make the 11am lifting of the bridge, but the bridge waits for no man or boat and a 100 yards is as good as a mile, so we anchored up in Levkas town and had a an early lunch. After passing through the canal with such hope we raised the sails as the wind had increased, however right in the direction we wanted to travel, but not to be defeated we decided we would try to tack to windwards, so pointing in the direction of the Italian mainland rather than Preveza we relaxed, enjoyed the peace and quiet and sailed off at 4 knots. The wind was determined not to be kind on our last sail day so with our speed dwindling we accepted defeat and headed into Preveza.
We stayed at the Preveza marina until we were lifted on the 1stSept, as it provides water and electric all for the price of 15 euros per night, perfect for winterising the boat and it is a little bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the town quay. It seems to be the done thing as most of our neighbours are also preparing their boats for winter here, now the tasks really begin.
We have been very busy the last few days preparing the boat, with sails to be washed and put away, god they are heavy, ropes and fenders washed, actually everything has to be washed, engine serviced, the list goes on.
Preveza is one of the few towns in which I have found a fish shop, so off I went on day 1 cycling to the shops and stocked up with some lovely fish and Squid (planning to experiment). Preveza is also a more traditional Greek Town rather than a tourist centre.
With our lift complete at Cleopatra Marina and Hapatoni on her stand in Row K96 – this is a very large hard standing with a capacity of around 1,000 boats – we finish our final tasks and head of for one of our last beers in Greece for 2015. The bar is at the entrance to the passage into Prevaeza, the beer is ice cold and there is a glorious breeze cooling down the 37 deg C of the day. Not a bad way to finish a superb summers sailing. Goodnight Hapatoni and farewell Greece for this year.