Montenegro to Corfu to Paxos

Montenegro to Corfu to Paxos

Departed Porto Montenegro out into the Adriatic towards Corfu some 200nm distant. Having picked up some light winds we were able to sail a close reach at > 5 kn. Variable winds that died just after dusk and were forced to motor sail. Around midnight a pod of perhaps 10 to 15 striped dolphins joined us and rode the bow wave for more than 2 hours before deciding to say their good byes. The crew heard the dolphins communicating with each other / pinging the boat. At 03:47 I was alone on watch when a high speed Albanian coast guard / police boat approached and kept pace 5 m off our port quarter with amazingly bright search lights. After reading our sail number, boat name and port of registry they peeled off and disappeared at very high speed. Obviously satisified we were legit' and not running illegal immigrants / drugs or engaged in some other nefarious activity. Around 05:00 the clouds came in and we had a quick shower of rain which partially obscured the Albinian coast and the islands North of Corfu. We arrived at Corfu Island around 16:00 and anchored off NAOK yacht club under the castle. Took the dinghy into the marina and walked to Port Control and immigration to clear into the country. Then had a short stroll around Corfu old town before heading back to the boat for an early night. Back into Corfu old town in the morning with each of us “doing our own thing” for a couple of hours and then set off for Lakka on Paxos. We had to motor to the Southern tip of Corfu due to almost zero wind but the straits between Corfu Island and Paxos game us an exhilarating beam reach in 15 kn of wind under full main and genoa. Chance Discovery was in her element and topped 9 Kn a couple of times. Sadly no dolphins came to play with us. Lakka anchorage was pretty crowded (unlike the photo attached) but we managed to squeeze ourselves into a spot just off the small beach near the village. A walk ashore and back to the boat to plan tomorrow’s adventures.