Pagasitikos Gulf

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Pagasitikos Gulf (Gulf of Volos)

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Map of Pagasitikos Gulf - Click for larger view
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The "foot" of Mt. Pelion

Pagasitikos Gulf (Παγασιτικός Κόλπος) or the Gulf of Volos and the Trikeri Peninsula at the foot of Mt. Pelion is the enchanted region where the centaur Chiron taught so many mythological heroes including Jason the leader of the Argonauts. This is the place where that mythical journey to the Black Sea began.

The Reef Lefteris
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The Trikeri Channel that separates Skiathos from Evia and the mainland. In the middle of the channel there is the infamous reef Lefteris, this reef covers a very small area and it is very treacherous. The channel is very busy with traffic and many ships have found their doom on Lefteris. The list includes many of the ships from the Persian fleet of Xerxes on their way to conquer Greece in 480 BC. The reef then was called Myrmes. In Lefteris also the heroic Greek submarine Lambros Katsonis was sank with all hands except three crewmen who after swimming for 9 hours made it to Skiathos.

Inside the gulf, is a good sailing ground because there are relatively flat seas while the wind, channeled by the mountains can be quite strong.

Charts

BA
1085 Kólpos Petalión to Srimonikos kólpos including Thermaikos kólpos
1556 Vórios Evoïkós Kólpos and approaches to Vólos
Imray-Tetra
G25 Eastern Sporades and North Evvoia
NIMA
54349 Maliakos Kolpos
54351 Approaches to Volos
Greek
31 North Evoikos to Kavala Gulf
74 Corinth to Skopelos Island

Contents


Radio Nets

  • Goast Guard - VHF channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF channels 03 and 60
  • Cellular Phone(GSM/GPRS) - Weak signal in Paleo Trikeri

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Local Weather

See Aegean Sea.

Approach and Navigation

Approached to the gulf are straightforward, but inside the gulf there can be rather strong and gusty winds.

Check-in facilities (for Customs and Immigration)

The only Greek port of entry/exit this region is Volos.

Berthing Options

The major harbor in the area is Volos but there are many good anchorages in this region.

Ports

Orei

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38°57′N, 23°05′E
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Greece Pagasitikos Orei h.jpgChart of Orei - Click for larger view
Pagasitikos Orei1.jpgThe Harbor of Orei

Orei (Ορεοί) or Oreios is a pleasant little harbor on the N of the large island of Evia. Moor stern-to the mole or to the southern quay which has been extended. Yachts also go alongside the southern quay when it is not taken by fishing boats. It is also possible to anchor off. The harbor provides good protection from the meltemi but it is open to the W-NW.

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Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

There is an association of commercial yacht charter operators that apparently call themselves the Volos Yacht Club but their website is not operational.

Anchorages

Andriami Bay

World icon.png 39°05.2′N, 23°07′E
This is a large deserted bay about 3 M E of Trikeri Point, it is open to the S. It provides some protection from the meltemi.

Anchor on the N side in 5-8 m.

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Ayia Kiriaki

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39°05.4′N, 23°03.9′E
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Pagasitikos AyKiriaki.jpgAyia Kiriaki
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Port Trikeri

World icon.png 39°06.3′N, 23°06.2′E
This is an isolated deep bay that has spectacular scenery.

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Avra

World icon.png 39°08′N, 23°10.1′E
A small anchorage E of Cape Marathea. It is very pleasant.

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Vathudi Bay

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World icon.png 39°09′N, 23°12.2′E
This bay on the SE corner of the Pagasitikos Gulf is protected by the island of Alatas and has several good anchorages such as Petraki, Milina, and E and S of Alatas. The bay is a popular spot with local sailboats and windsurfs.

There is no problem crossing the narrow channel between the mainland and S of Alatas. The depth is 3.5-4 m in the middle of the channel.

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Amalioupolis & Soupis Bay

World icon.png 39°11.9′N, 22°53.3′E - Chartlet
There are a number of anchorages here. Good shelter to the west of Nisos Ay Nikolaos.


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Pigadhi

World icon.png 39°02′N, 23°0.4′E - Chartlet
Pigadhi (Πηγάδι) is the place that Achilles sailed for the expedition to Troy.

Glyfa

World icon.png 38°56.9′N, 22°58.1′E
Glyfa (Γλύφα) or Glifa is a ferry terminal to Evia. Several tavernas. It is sheltered from the meltemi but there is some swell. Anchor off.

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Vathikelo

World icon.png 38°56.4′N, 22°56.3′E
Vathikelo (Βαθύκελο) is about 1.5 M W of Glifa. It is a deep landlocked bay. It is a good all around shelter.

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Offshore Islands

Paleo Trikeri

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39°09.2′N, 23°04.6′E
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Paleo Trikeri (Παλαιό Τρίκερι) is a small island with a delightful little harbor. If there is room, you can either moor side-to, stern-to, or anchor off.

Warning: Be aware that you may have to move when either the ferry boat or the hydrofoil arrives. Ask when they are due.

There are three restaurants.

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Cape Artemision

World icon.png 39°02.6′N, 23°20.1′E
The SW corner of the Pondikonisi island, just across from Cape Artemision gives good shelter from the meltemi.

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Yacht Services and Repairs

Marine Stores

In Volos chandleries can be found:

Repairs/Yards

In Volos there is Pefkakia Boatyard. Contact Gregory Kartapanis (Tel +30 24210 88612; mob: +30 6945 618 847; email).

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
In Volos
  • An Elin fuelling jetty is on the south western corner of the fishing boat harbour, on the southern side of the quay (World icon.png 39°21.6517′N, 39°21.6517′E).
  • BP and Shell fuel stations are about 100m before the eastern end of Iasonos Street (the first street behind the waterfront street) (World icon.png 39°21.4868′N, 22°57.0061′E)
In Orei, near the harbor (have to carry jerry cans)
Water
In Volos:
  • On the main town quay water is available for a charge through units that are operated using smartcards. Enquire with the unofficial harbourmaster.
  • Some waterfront restaurants have outdoor taps and in the past have been willing to water cans to be filled from them. Ask before taking any water.
In Orei near the harbor (can use hose)
Electricity
In Volos on the main town quay electricity is available for a charge through units that are operated using smartcards. Enquire with the unofficial harbourmaster.
In Orei N/A (Not Available)

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

Mt. Pelio

A land expedition to Mt. Pelio with its many picturesque villages is highly recommended.

In Paleo Trikeri
The Monastery of Panayia in Paleo Trikeri

The Monastery of Panayia, built in 1829, is about 15 minute walk up the hill from the harbor. It is a nice walk and the monastery is very pleasant and well maintained.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Eateries

  • Many good restaurants in [Volos]]
  • Reasonable food at the Diavlos in Paleo Trikeri
  • Taverna in Orei
  • Several tavernas in Glyfa

Internet/WiFi

In cafés in Volos.

Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

  • Several agencies in Volos

Garbage Disposal

There are bins around the harbors and in several anchorages.

In Volos there are no liquid waste disposal receptacles for oil, bilge water, etc. If significant quantities are involved the Port Police can arrange for a commercial company to take it. On at least one occasion this in the past there was no charge for this.

Transportation

Volos is a transport hub for the region:

Routes/Passages To/From

Cruiser's Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forum Discussions

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

External Links

References & Publications

See Greece.

Personal Notes

Personal experiences?

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