We set off from Sami early on Saturday morning for a short ‘drive’ up to Sivota on the south coast of the island of Lefkas, where we planned to meet up with our friends Graeme and Jayne, and their Ship’s Cat Isabella, in Scarlett.
As it happened we both arrived at the same time and ended up on opposite sides of the same pontoon just after lunch. Our plan loosely was to leave on Tuesday on our way up towards Lefkas town to wait out the next batch of poor weather, so with a couple of days to kill we set about some serious socialising, meals on board and ashore. Isabella even seemed to remember us and Windependent from Olbia almost 5 months ago and settled right in when Graeme and Jayne came to visit! It is great to meet up with them again.
Sivota is a sheltered bay about half a mile long. It has a small town quay and is home to an enormous charter fleet which takes up fully 3/4 of the available space. Unbeknown to us, we had arrived at the start of a charter fleet sailing regatta and space in Sivota was at a premium. Luckily,arriving early we got onto a privately run pontoon and as the afternoon wore on all the available berths were taken up and boats were anchoring in the harbour with very little room to swing. How it will be when it gets busy is anyone’s guess.
The village has grown to service the charter fleet custom and trade from other visiting yachts and there is little else in Sivota other than restaurants, shops and a couple of mini markets. That said it is a pleasant enough place to pass a couple of days, quiet but crowded, picturesque and sheltered.