Come along in this episode of Sailing SV CUBA as we have a hair-raising experience, crossing the Lefkada-Canal and make it to one of the most stunning beaches of the Ionian Sea.

We left our entrance port, Preveza behind and sail south to take on the challenge of passing through the Lefkada-Canal, a 3.5-mile-long passage that has been dredged between the island of Lefkada and mainland Greece. To pass through the narrow canal sailing boats and motor yachts have to wait for the swiveling car bridge to move out of the way once per hour. Then vessels get a quick chance to pass through before the bridge closes once again, so everyone on board is hurrying to get through.

The canal is very shallow in places and we are also experiencing strong westerly winds throughout, making the journey a tricky one from the start. With cars and boats seemingly passing each other at arm’s length, we make it to the other side, where we are met with absolutely perfect sailing conditions as the wind picks up as we are passing Atokos and Meganisi.

Luckily for the wind is bringing us exactly towards our friends Mark and Marie, who we met over a year ago in Malta. They are on their way sailing through Greece all the way to New Zealand but we are on a mission to catch them before they start their herculean journey back home. Little did we know, we did not just manage to see our friends but also dropped anchor in one of the top beaches of the Ionian Sea, or maybe one of the most beautiful beaches of all of Greece and found Yacht Haven.

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We are Enrique (Kiki) from Cuba and Sarah (Salsa) from Germany on a mission to sail around the world. We have almost no sailing experience, but are determined to circumnavigate & share our adventures with you. Join us on our first stop, when we explore the abandoned bunkers of Albania.

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Living on the hook sailing around the world can be a real challenge and a bit scary at times (especially when your home dangles from an iron thread just 10 mm thick). What is to come? We don’t know but day by day we are learning how to live more sustainable, off-grid, more connected to nature, so we can share our adventures with you.

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Special thanks to LAIKIPIA for their amazing and inspiring music.
Music in this video

Intro Song – “Hurricane” by LAIKIPIA –

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Sunny saludos from SV CUBA