The journey Summer 2008


The "Argo" raised again sail across the sea to make the first experimental trip and to every port close to the message of the culture that unites people.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

ARGO began its journey Saturday morning (10:00) from the port of Volos with the wishes of hundreds volioton for "good katefodio, docked at night in the harbor of St. Trikeri Sunday as poor weather conditions with strong, opposing winds not allowed to reach to Glyfa as originally estimated.
On Sunday morning, the ARGO resumed its journey from St Sunday thanks to the successful efforts of the rowers, the governor, the rank and crew won loss the previous day and came to Atalanta in the evening, covering a total 40 miles away.
The Atalanta, the home of the only woman Argonaut was the first major stop of ARGO.
The residents of a reserved Atalante warm reception in the Argo and its crew, which arrived in port at about 8.30 pm. Accompanied by Navy vessels Atalante the ARGO Group entered the harbor, which was flooded by hundreds of people who applauded the efforts of the rowers.
ARGO "tied" to the port and the locals who rushed to welcome, embraced and applauded warmly by members of the crew and congratulated the players of the Program.
By unanimous decision of the Municipal Council Atalante, Mayor Skampardonis presented awards to the Director of the Research Program and the Governor of Argo, Admiral A. Kourtis, president of the Institute NAFDOMOS as the mayor of Volos Mr. Alekos Voulgaris.
The commander of the Argo Admiral Apostolos Kourtis, surprised by the warm reception that was the Argo and her crew in Atalanta, thanked the Mayor and the world and donated to Atalanti a rare and authentic piece of the ship, one of the wooden joints ( scratches and pegs) of the boat.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Enthusiastically welcomed by the people, the Prefectural Authority of Evia and the Municipal Authority Chalkis the Argo, the rowers and the governor.
The Argo in the third route of its journey from Atalanta in Chalcis covered a distance of 30 nautical miles in two different situations of difficulty and intensity. Midday last Monday the crew was exposed to the first heat with apnea, so rowing to become a major test for all. Late the same afternoon, and while the ship was close to five miles to its destination, a flurry of adverse wind borne by the travel time for four additional hours in order to end in Chalkis be finished at 11pm.
The final section of the route along the coast, in the channel before Euripus, large concentrations of people in the streets, the docks, on balconies and shops on the beach cheered modern Argonauts.
Tuesday was the first day of rest for the crew from the start of the journey and having already completed the first 90 miles, but never any loss of time.
The Prefecture of Evia and the Municipality of Chalkis, organized a special event and dexiothikan all members of the mission.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

By leaving the Argos for the next scheduled destination due to severe damage to the mechanism that opens the bridge in the Strait of Chalcis trip of the day eventually fell through, as it is now possible to pass any ship.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Undoubtedly a rare and exceptional event recorded for the local time of Chalcis way past the "Argo" from Bridge Evripou blocked because a boat practically not fit under the closed bridge, finally passed.
Effyologontas with a small dose of bitterness and shame the Chalkida stated that the city was able to create artificial "Simpligades" for the modern Argo, which were able to overcome even with a very unorthodox way.
As soon as he appeared yesterday morning in the master problem and the rank of the Argo, after specific measurements and calculations, designed and tested by the crew, a series of extreme, but not bad procedures, applied to 10 am only secured the right conditions and infrastructure.
First, using the crane removed the mast of the boat. Without the mast height of the ship reached the 4.30 m and should be able to pass under a bridge 3.70 m ARGO ermatisthike with thalassonero and her crew placed the boat in order to acquire more draft aft of and a strong inclination of 30 degrees to the left. With very careful handling the recumbent and sitting deep sea boat passed scratch beneath the metal arches of the Bridge without even a scratch. The crew of the Argo came from the north side of the bridge full of suspense and anxiety on the other hand came out thrilled by his good fortune and under crowd applause that followed impressed on both sides of the Strait of Evripou.
Following the successful outcome of the entire effort of the ship captain Apostolos Kourtis said:
"This time the Argo made the most difficult mile, because if something astochouse would remain locked and the mercy of the current may follow in a while.

Friday, June 20, 2008

At five o'clock in the morning I started the journey of the Argo after three days 'trapping' in Chalcis, to move forward as possible to the planned route, if weather conditions permit.
Not very favorable wind the ARGO noon overtook Apostles coast of Attica, having already traveled 25 miles. From that point, and within minutes the ship was confronted with the opposite strong wind more than 6 Beaufort, making it impossible to access from the south to the Gulf Evian pedaling but also risks being cast ashore on the coast of Attica. After several tests the governor and the rank of the boat to protect the ship from damage and the crew from accidents, reversed course and finally anchored in Eretria, as the safest haven port of Argos in the region.
Note that despite the unplanned and informal call the Argo in Eretria, the crew enjoyed a very spontaneous and warm welcome from residents of the city and stayed for several hours on the beach.
Also, before leaving the accompanying ship boarded by Chalcis and physician to meet the needs of primary care assistance that may arise in its mission.

Saturday June 21, 2008

At 3:30 in the morning, the crew of the Argos prepared for the difficult journey that day. 5.30 even before dawn boat solve ropes from Eretria to the furthest destination could be reached within the same day, at least in marble or even at Sounion.
Long before noon, only with oars and a relatively quiet sea, the Argo was leaving the southern Evian and met with northeast winds provided the weather forecast for that day. Only the wind was very strong and more rapid (31 -35 knots wind speed) than expected.
Travelling on a protected, near and parallel to the coast of southern Euboea, Argo began to have had much higher levels than had previously been tested. The crew also did not feel anxiety or fatigue. Eventually the left wheel of the boat was just "felt" the power of the sea, breaking in the middle somewhere off the coast of Marathon. After that prudence imposed as a destination marble.
The second took the helm of the ship "overtime" and the first feeling of relaxation of tension of the journey came when he entered the Argo Bay Marmari. Only the oars now and very strong contrary winds the crew brought the boat into the harbor, where he anchored end at 4 pm Saturday.
The rest of this very intense and busy travel day was a memorable and host of "modern Argonauts" by the Municipality of Marmari an exchange of commemorative gifts, official dinner and merciful sleep in hotels in town. Under the same weather conditions accompanying PIGASSOS ship failed to dock at Marmari and had to resort to Lavrion.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Very strong winds blowing in the region of Central Greece, "freeze" for a second day of the Argo in the harbor of marble, which docked Saturday afternoon, but the accompanying ship PIGASSOS Lavrion. The bad weather, resulting in a prohibitive statement sailing ships, was an opportunity to give some time to rest on its mission, something we all want.
In the afternoon, the captain, the rank and crew members of the Argo went from Lavrion, where she anchored the accompanying vessel Pegasus Marmari, to replace the wheel of the ship, which had snapped in half Saturday en route from for Marmari Eretria, due to very strong pressures from the winds and the storm that prevailed that day.

Monday, June 23, 2008

With good wind in the sails of the Argo began very early in the morning to marble, which remained from Saturday afternoon due to heavy weather.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sounion, near the Temple of Poseidon, docked the Argo, which continues the planned experimental journey. Strong winds, which pulled a few days a trip to Argos, lull yesterday, lifted the boat sail and we head about 25 miles, arrived at 3 pm at Sounion.
At the entrance to the Gulf of Sounion, however, a local winds hindered the attempt to port and ship only managed to get paddles and "tie" in the bay area near the hotel "Aegean." In addition, strong winds blowing at that moment in the region, led the mast could not sustain the power of air and suffering, fortunately, little damage to the top. The damage that the mast does not cause problems axioplooias and so decided to restore it to be in Athens.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This morning, the weather conditions and the Argo started normally trip from Cape Sounion, bound for the largest port, Piraeus, where the City is preparing a warm welcome with a major event.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Approximately 6 miles after Sounion, near Anavissos the wind has increased significantly, reaching up to 6-7 Beaufort. Despite the persistent efforts of the governor and the rowers were unable to move the ship, as opposed winds and turned back.
For the safety of the crew, but the board decided with great effort at 12.30 reached the Argo to dock in a sheltered point in an islet opposite Anavissos. There he remained until late in the evening until the winds abate a little and then docked at Anavissos.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The crew of the Argos started the morning by Anavissos with almost the same bad weather in order to travel as many miles as possible and closer to Piraeus.
However, the weather was still and the ship remained moored for several hours in a sheltered spot near the Anavissos where they left off in the afternoon when moderating the wind. In difficult times, "modern Argonauts, beyond the limits of endurance continued rowing until Vouliagmeni, where the ship docked finished shortly after midnight.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

ARGO solved ropes around 10.30 yesterday morning from the Vouliagmeni Marina, where it was docked too late Friday, spent the last few miles of this piece of the planned route and arrived at Piraeus.
After two days of difficult travel and long suffering crew, due to very strong winds blowing, the Argo docked noon largest port in the country. This fact has caused excitement and relief throughout the mission, and after several days, the trip inhibited by adverse weather conditions, local currents and exogenous problems, the boat approached the first major experimental station of the journey.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Relax at the port of Piraeus.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The largest Mediterranean port of Piraeus welcomed the Argo and the Argonauts modern official with special rates and through a big event held at 10 am in the central Port Authority. Present at the event given by the Minister of Mercantile Marine Mr. Panagiotis Blazing, Piraeus mayor Panagiotis Fasoulas Mayors and the Municipal Authority.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ARGO after the departure of the morning from the port of Piraeus, having traveled eight miles in difficult times, is strong contrary wind, "blended" in the early afternoon at the Port of Salamis. Despite the effort and the strength of the rowers against wind tested the stamina of the crew and made it prohibitive to continue his journey after noon. The ship finally was called at the port of Salamis, where he anchored.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

ARGO began the journey from Salamis to 4.30 in the morning and we head about 32 miles, not particularly favorable weather throughout the journey, after rowing 15 hours arrived at 7.30 pm at the Port of Corinth. At 4.10 pm, the ship entered the canal, followed by a boat harbor and only paddle smoothly traveled the 3.5 miles of the Isthmus, and went to Corinth.
Grand and impressive with the ARGO the fifty rowers to the rise in the experimental voyage spent the early afternoon the Isthmus of Corinth. The image reconstructed prehistoric ship Isthmus, excited and moved by those who were at that moment or on bridges or in shops on both sides of the Isthmus, who applauded and cheered the "modern Argonauts.
Fulfilling the Argos crew was strong for both the successful passage of the ship canal, and the patterns that exist there hinder the movement of the ship, but the approach of the Port of Corinth, the first experimental station of the trip after Port of Piraeus.
While the Argo was scheduled to "dock" at the Port of Corinth, the ship's crew, the captain and the entire mission was warmly welcomed by the Prefecture of Corinth and residents of the area in a simple but very hot event host.
Please note that the docking of Argos was in Corinth, Loutraki and not as originally planned, and the port of Loutraki started to run projects that may endanger the safety of the ship.
It is worth mentioning also that, as impressive with the passage of the Argo from the Isthmus, was that of an accompanying ship Pegasus, since the size passed a few centimeters from the walls of the canal.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Stay at the port of Corinth.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Once the Argo started from Corinth Galaxidi eventually found in the harbor of Antikyron after 20 hours fighting the waves and wind that reached the 8-9 Beaufort.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Needed to rest for Antikira Argonauts after a double battle with the waves in the morning and afternoon of that day.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sailing towards Galaxidi where the Argo arrives at the beautiful harbor and reserve a warm welcome.

Monday, July 7, 2008

A pleasant surprise yesterday morning gave a rower in the ARGO George Papaioannou, friends of rowers and members of the mission.
George ended yesterday, 24 years and am in the accompanying ship PEGASUS his friends erected a small but warm celebration - a surprise to wish him all the "Happy Birthday".

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another day of rest Galaxidi

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Visit the Argonauts coach Delphi

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Starts Galaxidi trip to Patras

Friday, July 11, 2008

With fireworks, cannon, marches by the City Band and relentlessly applause greeted the "Argo" Hundreds of residents of Patras, the Municipal Authority and operators of Achaia, in the port city.
The reception of the ship master and rowers, who arrived at 7.30 this afternoon in Patras, was rave. Residents and organizations expect the central pier of the "Argo", which only raised the port, accompanied by vessels Sailing Club of Patras, erupted in cheers and loud applause, creating a unique and emotional atmosphere.
Indicative of the interest and enthusiasm shown by Patras on the ship and rowers is that even during the night cataract Too many people to get to see the boat and be photographed next to him, and after the formal ceremony and reception for hours chatting around and congratulated by the rowers for their efforts, giving them courage and strength to continue.
The "Argo" was launched at dawn yesterday the trip from Galaxidi and very favorable wind in the afternoon arrived at the port of Patras, earlier backed by the Sailing Club boats passed under the bridge Rio-Antirio.
Warm welcome to the ship and its crew sent by Mayor Andreas Fouras, who described the docking of the "Argo" in Patras as "a moment of historical importance and causes excitement throughout the city.
The Mayor has come to salute with the wish "to travel from Iolkos to Colchis, which is a dream that we lived through from our childhood readings is a journey that will inspire us forever."
Please note that end, the ceremony host of "Argo" in Patras was attended by the Members of the county, the Harbour Master Patras and many representatives of regional bodies.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Day of rest in Patras and forced stop for the necessary repairs that will accept the Argo from the manufacturer of the shipwrights N. Reppas.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another day of rest and repair the boat to Patras.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Argo left the port of Patras next station Porto Koufos (beach bitch).

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beech Island in front of the mouth of the Achelous River and then the Oioniades, the river Achelous.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Forced to stay Oiniades due to weather conditions do not allow the Argo to come out of the river Achelous in the open sea.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Departure from Oiniades, exit from the Achelous River towards the island of Kalamos and then towards Etoloakarnania.
The old village Mitikas a small but safe port will drive the Argo after the previous outbreak has great''storm''on land. Decided to withdraw the accompanying book by Pegasus owns the company.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Forced to wait until Mytika make the necessary negotiations with leaders of the company and explain.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Decided the accompanying ship Pegasus, remain near the Argo at least to the port of Preveza. ARGO so begins the next port of destination.
The Vloichos is a small port on the island of Lefkada Lefkada town before. Weather toils and ARGO afternoon arrives at the port of Lefkada.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stay at the port of Lefkada and the Argonauts will spend the night in Preveza.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Argos continued until at least Saranda decided in the meeting were the Mayor of Volos Al.Voulgaris participants in the project at the port of Preveza, where he went yesterday after the changes and close associates of the ship "Pegasus".
As decided by the City of Volos to rent a smaller boat to accompany the Argo and bus where the rowers who are not on board.
Of Lefkada, where is the Argo spoke this morning at the Municipal Radio Volos crew chief of Argo Admiral Ap.Kourtis saying that tomorrow we will sail on Tuesday to Preveza and now become necessary maintenance. As he expected all the infrastructure and the commitments made by the Mayor of Volos to continue the journey. The objective as stated by k.Kourtis the completion of a research trip in order to safeguard the role and the purpose of the voyage and the ship as a point of reference, joy and pride for the city of Volos. The k.Kourtis insisting stressed that the phase is essentially interested in the research and will be aiming to reach the Argo as root on the coast of Albania while the culture may travel to Venice, as noted, can wait. While it noted that such decisions are unanimous decisions and rowers.

Tired and not a desperate k.Kourtis stated that having completed 430 miles and one or more months of sailing Argos .... "Afford" ...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The "Argo" after eight days remaining in Lefkada, restarted the experimental journey at 7.30 am and with relatively good wind three hours later arrived at Preveza, where 'tied' at 11 in the morning.
With great enthusiasm the people of Preveza in welcomed the central harbor of their city.
Although the ship's docking at the port of Preveza took place without a public event as yesterday's trip was decided to place late the previous day, when the Argo raised at the entrance of the harbor dozens of residents and visitors located in Preveza shops at the beach, gathered at the pier and to welcome the ship and to warmly applaud the captain and crew
Residents and organizations in Preveza, waiting for days to berth at the Port of Argos of their city, embraced and generously offered a particularly warm welcome in both the governor and the "modern Argonauts, and all members of the mission.
Be noted, moreover, that the 'Argo' in yesterday's trip accompanied by the ship "George Broufas, which was chartered by the City of Volos, following the departure of the accompanying vessel Pegasus, last Saturday.
The new accompanying vessel Argos will follow throughout the remainder of the trip, in order to support and help as needed crew, to accommodate those rowers are off and to ensure the feeding of the crew row.

Monday, July 28, 2008

ARGO goes from the mouth of the river Acheron, and reaches the fishing haven of Ligia to remain there at night.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ARGO overnight Lichnos beach just outside the town of Parga.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ARGO enters the port of Parga where once again the local authorities, but mostly the ordinary people the warmest welcome.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Departure from Parga to Corfu. Due to weather conditions would''tie''in Lefkimmi in Corfu

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Argo arrives at the port of Corfu and specifically in the old port of naval club where she is and analogue reception.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Stay at the port of Corfu rest and decisions.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Travel to Saranda in Albania (the final destination) Succeeds, the warm reception there.
Same day return, beginning the end of the trip to Corfu again.

Monday, August 4, 2008

At the port of Kouloura will find the Argo in Corfu.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The course started on the back end of the ARGO experimental voyage arriving in Paxos.
Modern Argonauts started this morning from Corfu. The weather was not as favorable as calm prevailed in difficult crew to sail it applies only oar and sail free.
The archetypal model of the ship were expected to Paxos late afternoon, where the municipal authorities and local actors in the region waited for having planned a special event to welcome the ship.
Note that Paxos was always included in the course of the rota trip Argos, but the Argo due to weather conditions and to gain time is not approaching the area.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

At 11 pm the ARGO will pass the rotating bridge and enter the port of Lefkada.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sailing from Lefkada stop bathroom in Scorpio. On 4.48mm captain announced to the crew that the limit of 610 n.milion soon overcome. Next stop south of Ithaca, where the Argo arrived late at night.
The emotion, but the anticipation for the last "arm" was particularly strong in the evening among the crew, and all members of the mission for two months faced and managed to overcome all difficulties and the contingency reserve sea and weather, and many other problems were also continuing a pilot trip by boat to try to determine seaworthy and eventually return to Volos.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Latest "bowl" in the last six miles before the completion of the experimental voyage of "Argo" now have the rowers.
The crew of the "Argos", carrying their precious experiences and unforgettable memories of a very difficult, more interesting journey began in the morning last "arm" of the southern part of Ithaca, to the main port of the island, where "blended" to be transferred from there to Volos in the coming days on the other boat.
The "Argo" in Volos, the trip was the ship all over Greece, covering over 600 miles, reaching many small and large Greek ports through to Saranda, "embraced" and was applauded enthusiastically by thousands of people, which, as stated in its mission of Volos, consider the "Argo" the ship-cultural symbol of our country that can serve as the Ambassador for us to convey the messages of the culture of peace and cooperation in countries Balkan, Black Sea and Mediterranean.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hundreds of Volos, amid applause, a subject very warm welcome to the Argo last night on the beach of Volos, similar to the large enterprise in a simple event organized by the Municipality of Volos to honor the modern Argonauts.
Awarded honorary plaques to the rowers and the event ended in a mad dance of fireworks tribute to all those who traveled for two months 650 miles to the paddle.
Argo docked at 8:30 pm around in front of a crowd of people who gathered to applaud the efforts of the rowers, but the arrival of the vessel. One - one of the first captain of the vessel, Mr Kourtis landed in the lobby, where the Mayor Mr. Alekos Voulgaris Volos to wait to receive them.
Mr. Voulgaris talking about the important task of Argo, stated at the beginning of a journey where before 67 days from the same spot that opened prototaxidi Argo sails and xanoichtike seas.
"Today, with the return vindicated the great initiative of Volos for the rebirth of the legendary ship, the expertise of the Scientific Institute" Nafdomos. Today, modern Argonauts return to the starting line at the port of Volos, the home of Jason in ancient Iolkos, having crossed 650 miles of the Greek seas.
It did not also mention the difficulties faced by boat and rowers, stressing that "this whole two months, fifty Argo tried to make a myriad of difficulties, and gods and humans, a large part of the designed experimental trip, which according to followed by the myth of return '.

Attending the ceremony were - among others - Vice C. Sourlas the House, the Prefect of Magnesia Papatolias St., the former mayor of Volos Sun Mitrou et al, and telegrams sent by the PASOK members magnesia Rodoula Kartalis Zissis, K.. After the greetings by the mayor of Volos awarded honorary plaques to the captain and crew of the Argo.