The Corinthian Canal is one of the most expensive canals per mile in the world. The canal is 3.2 miles long, 25m wide and maximum draft is 6.5 meters. The limestone walls reach 79 meters from sea level at the highest point. We paid 231 Euros. Ok, we have now scratched this from the “bucket list” and it did save us many days of sailing down around the southern tip of Peloponnisos, which we did last season.
Based on the weather forecast for winds during the night and possible thunder in the morning we chose our first anchorage in the Gulf of Corinth. Upon arrival it did not resemble anything close to the description in the cruising book. The bay was very narrow and deep so as we circled deciding what to do a man whistled at us to take a mooring buoy that is probably used by a fishing boat. Great! We then went ashore and it took us all of 1 minute to walk the premise. One taverna, 3 camping trailers and 2 houses, one of which was boarded up and was called the “customs” house in the book. We ordered 2 beers at the Taverna and asked the man who gave us permission to use the buoy if dinner would be served this evening. YES, of course. Another sailboat arrived that we had met at the entrance to the canal.
They managed to get anchored so it was British 4, Swedish 2 and 10 cats seated for dinner.
The next village, Andikiron, is surrounded by tall mountains full of native greenery, olive tree groves and beautiful rock formations. Extremely picturesque! We felt like we were anchored in a alpine lake.
Then tucked at one corner of the village is a Greek Airforce Base with a building that looks very mysterious and eerie. I imagined a Sci-Fi experimental complex.
While we were sitting in a cafe, we got a Skype call from our friends, Art and Karen, who were on their Grand Banks on Lake Michigan in the US. They use to own a Hallberg-Rassy 46, then 54 and sailed through the MED for many years. It was fun to see them and chat. As the sun set the church bells started ringing and a long line of cars drove along the waterfront honking. It was the beginning of a Greek wedding. I had flashbacks of the 2002 movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. The music continued into the early morning.