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Messolonghi, Trizonia and Lefkas Canal Update

By Sue Richards last modified May 18, 2011 11:53 AM

Published: 2011-05-18 11:53:24
Countries: Greece

From Richard George

Missalonghi

The spelling on my charts and in my pilot book is Missalonghi.

WPT at entrance to the channel is 38 degree 18' decimal 75N 21 degree 25' decimal 0 E.

The cafe in the marina was not open May 2011, allegedly will re-open in 20 days (seeing will be believing).

Ten minute walk into town. Loads of restaurants and bars, good food and at present cheap. The owner of one restaurant told me they did not get foreign tourists until 2 years ago whan the marina was developed.

There are signs that the marina will expand, as loads more pontoons being cast in concrete on site.

It is still possible to moor free at the southern end of the town quay, opposite the marina entrance, but no facilities apart from water. Moor stern-to with bow anchor.

Trizonia

There is a large sunken ketch in the marina close by the western side of the first pontoon. This extends well into the channel. Beware! It has obviosuly been there some time when we spotted it in May 2011.

Marina never completed, and there are hazards, such as open manholes on the breakwaters. Moor alongside the 2 breakwaters or stern-to on the two pontoons. One water outlet adjacent to the track on the north side of the marina, opposite the second pontoon.

Marina is free!

Despite the minimal facilities there are good restaurants, a small minimarket for basic food essentials. Ferry to the mainland which is half a mile away.

The locals were fantastic. We had a problem with engine failure due to diesel bug blocking the fuel system on a vessel I was delivering (stirred up in a force 6). They loaned us large containers to drain the fuel into, and when I and crew had removed the 175 litre tank, jet washed it. All they wanted was a round of drinks (what lovely people).

Lefkas Canal

The channel north of the bridge by the northern entrance of the canal has silted up. There are several port hand buoys, parallel to the beach, but don't stray close to these. Two modestly sized yachts ran aground whilst within the channel, and had to be towed off by other yachts. Keep close to the northern side of the entrance, but beware of a shifting sand bank projecting form the spit of land on the northern side of the entrance. The starboard buoy that is supposed to mark the end of the sandbank was absent in May 2011.