Vasiliki

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Vasiliki
38°37.186'N, 020°35.819'E Chart icon.png
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Vasiliki commercial (left) and yacht (right) harbours from SE
Vasiliki Bay from NW
Yachts can go bows or stern-to the quay in Vasiliki
The yacht quay is busy during the peak season

The bay of Vasiliki (Βασιλική) lies on the E side of the headland of Ak Dhoukato, the promontory which marks the SW extremity of the island of Lefkas in the Ionian Sea of Greece. The harbour and town are situated at the NE corner of the bay, some five miles NNE of the headland. The bay is notoriously windy in the prevailing NW winds, which gust down over the long spit of land which encloses the bay on the W side, and it is not surprisingly considered one of the best windsurfing venues in the Ionian. Owing to numerous local springs, it is also a green and fertile area and many vegetables are grown here. There are two harbours, a commercial harbour which is exposed in the afternoon seabreeze and really unsuitable for yachts, and a fishing and yacht harbour immediately NE which offers much better shelter but tends to silt, with depths of little more than 2.5 – 3.0 metres. Shelter in this harbour is acceptable in the prevailing NW seabreezes (although a chop is experienced), but it could possibly become untenable in very strong NW winds.

Charts

BA
203 Nisos Zakinthos to Nisos Paxoi
Imray-Tetra
G12 Nísos Levkas to Nísos Zákinthos
NIMA
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
Greek
2 Ionio Pelagos

Weather

The bay is notorious for strong winds and a yacht will usually experience wind strengths some 10 knots higher than the prevailing NW winds outside the bay. These set in from late morning and last until the sun goes down, when it is often as if a switch has been pulled and flat calm prevails.

Passages

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Approaching from W, a yacht has to round Ak Dhoukato, leaving the reefs just E of it well to port, and will then usually have an exhilarating close reach in the prevailing NW winds for five miles up into the bay. Approaching from E, it will often be a stiff beat up to the harbour from the headland of Ak Lipso four miles to the SE. There are also generally strong gusts into the bay once the seabreeze is well established and it may be advisable to reef down for the last few miles of the approach. For the harbour approach, see #Berthing Options.

Entrance

Lefkas Town is the nearest port of entry if arriving from N or Sami on Kefalonia or Vathi on Ithaca if arriving from S.

Berthing

The fishing and yacht harbour, lies immediately NE of the much larger commercial harbour. The harbour is entered from NW, keeping close to the S breakwater, being careful to avoid the shoal patch that extends nearly half way across the entrance on port side. The shoal patch is usually marked with an orange buoy. Depths in the entrance are little over 2.0 metres, and yachts drawing much over 1.5 metres should consider carefully whether to enter, especially if there is any swell running. Once inside, yachts moor bows or stern-to along the S breakwater quay in depths ranging from 2.0 metres at the root to 2.5 metres at the end. Holding is good in mud, although it is not possible to put out a lot of chain as the harbour is shallow from the centerline up to the N side, which is used by the fishing boats. Shelter on the quay is acceptable in settled weather, although the prevailing NW seabreeze sends in a bit of a chop, but it would not be a good place to be in a very strong wind from that direction. The commercial harbour was rebuilt into a marina, but it is unfinished. See below

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The South section of the town harbour was rebuilt as a marina. The west side was closed by a pontoon and there are lights marking the entrance at night. Two pontoons were laid inside. There are pedestals for electricity & water - unconnected and no mooring lines as of Sep 2019. It is free berthing, either alongside the quay or new pontoons, or stern to with anchor on the east quay. However there are two mooring chains lying in parallel to the quay and it is recommended to drop the anchor no more than 30 meters from the quay. Water & electricity may be obtained from the nearby Miramare restaurant (if you eat at their place).

Anchorages

There is a good anchorage in the bay, either off the beach to the NW of the harbour if there is little wind, or on the opposite, NW side of the bay off the village of Pondi if the seabreeze is blowing. The anchorage at Pondi offers better shelter, but you will be surrounded by windsurfers constantly whizzing past your boat here. The anchorage off Vasiliki harbour is more exposed in the prevailing winds but quieter. Anchor in either position in 3.0 – 5.0 metres; the holding is good in sand and clay. If the winds are gusting strongly, you are better off in the harbour – assuming your draft permits.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Water points on the town quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available) from the pedestals. Available from Miramare Rest (if you eat there)
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins near the jetty
Supplies
Fuel Fuel can be delivered by truck to the town quay
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs Only very basic repairs possible
Internet From cafes and some tavernas
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A

Provisioning

Good provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

Numerous tavernas and cafes along the waterfront .

Transportation

Tourism

Cape Dhoukato, from the cliffs nearby which Sappho plummeted to her end

The boost to tourism that windsurfing, kite surfing and dinghy sailing have brought to Vasiliki is reflected in the general smartening up of the waterfront in recent years and the explosion of tavernas and cafes along the quays. There is a pleasant walk through the cultivated fields on the plain to Pondi at the NW corner of the bay and another S from the harbour to an old watermill, now converted into a café/bar. A more vigorous ten mile round trek round the bay brings you to Sappho’s Leap, the white cliff near Ak Dhoukato from where the 6th century BC Greek poetess Sappho is supposed by some to have leaped to her death.

Friends

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

Forums

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

Links

References

See Ionian Sea.

Comments

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  • We experienced gusts of 25-30 knots here in prevailing winds of 4/5. Luckily, the holding is good but the experience was not very comfortable. --Athene of Lymington

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