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Where in the world is this QS?

Saturday, 28 September 2019  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Quantity Surveyors pop up (or down) in the strangest places! So we have decided to start a new feature which highlights the places our members can (sometimes) be found!
Based on Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? we want to highlight the amazing places that quantity surveyors can be found.
Please participate if you are a QS, by sending us a photo of yourself in a hard-to-guess place with a short paragraph on the place you were photographed and what you were doing there. Include a few more photographs of the place and we will do the rest!

So where in the world is Patrick Waterson?

"On a boat" I hear you say?! But where is the boat?

Will this help?

Still not sure?

At sunrise on Wednesday morning the 25th September 2019, Patrick Waterson, a past president of the ASAQS steered his Voyager 44ft Cat named Waterdragon through the Corinth Canal.

His solo 100 sea mile journey from Missolonghi to the Almira boatyard near Athens was done at night as Patrick had been waiting for favourable weather to get the boat stowed away for the next year. He says that soon after casting off in Missolonghi, a real Highveld storm was brewed up by the Greek gods with thunder and lightning and a 40 knot wind pushing him all the way to the entrance of the canal.

According to Wikipedia, the Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island. The canal was dug through the Isthmus at sea level and has no locks.The canal was initially proposed in classical times and a failed effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction started in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893 but, due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators. The canal is currently used mainly by tourist ships; around 11,000 ships per year travel through the waterway.

Patrick says that that it costs 204 Euro to use the 6.4Km canal but saves the 700-kilometre journey around the Peloponnese and enabled him to be back at work on Monday!

   
 Leaving the Corinth Canal...  and mooring the Waterdragon in Almira.