17 August 2017 | Gouvia Marina, Corfu, Greece
16 August 2017 | Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
15 August 2017 | 105 Nm south west of Corfu
14 August 2017 | 30 Nm off Italy's Toe
13 August 2017 | South East of Sicily
06 August 2017 | Msida Creek Marina, Valletta, Malta
05 August 2017 | 45nm NW of Gozo, Malta
04 August 2017 | At sea on passage to Malta
03 August 2017 | At sea on passage to Malta
01 August 2017 | Marina Sant'Elmo, Cagliari, Sardinia
29 July 2017 | Cagliari, Sardinia
28 July 2017 | Quirra, Sardinia
26 July 2017 | La Caletta, Sardinia
25 July 2017 | Cala di Volpe, Sardinia
23 July 2017 | Cala di Volpe, Sardinia
22 July 2017 | Bonifacio, Corsica
20 July 2017 | Bonifacio, Corsica
19 July 2017 | Porto Pollo, Corsica
14 July 2017 | Port Tino Rossi, Ajaccio, Corsica
08 July 2017 | Port Tino Rossi, Ajaccio, Corsica

A Dicey Arrival in the Yealm

10 August 2010 | Newton Ferrers, River Yealm
This morning's 7am departure from Cargreen was in thick mist and drizzle. We needed the early start to catch the tide down the Tamar, under the bridge, then around to Cawsand Bay where we anchored for 4 hours and had lunch. So far, there had been no wind, no visibility, and plenty of rain! We needed to stop here for a few hours to give us enough tide when we arrived at the River Yealm to get in to the river as it is very shallow at the entrance. We set off from the protected anchorage at about 1-30 pm, just as the wind began to pick up...and up, and up, and up! Withing 20 minutes, we were in a full blown Force 6, gusting 7, and a nasty sea state of about 2.5 to 3 metre waves. This we did not expect after our peaceful lunch. Moreover, I was uncertain as to whether we would be able to get into the Yealm in these conditions. We had a very uncomfortable, but short, trip over, and the wind was hitting 30 knots from the south west as we approached the river entrance in a nasty swell, albeit slightly smaller. The tide was flowing in to the river at about 4.5 knots as we arrived and the river was packed with boats on mooring buoys. 'Oh my God!' was not the exact terminology that we used, but this was going to be a very tricky arrival. As Tracey was busy rigging fenders and lines, I put the engine into neutral, but with the combined wind from behind and tide, we were still travelling up the river at over 5.5 knots. With the engine in full reverse, we were STILL travelling at 3.5 knots up the river. As we approached the pontoon on our starboard side, with full steering lock and maximum engine power, black smoke pouring out from the exhaust, I managed to turn the boat around the back of the pontoon, missing the nearby fishing boat by not a lot, and motored into wind and tide to come alongside the pontoon. With the engine on full power, maximum revs with turbocharger, we came to a stop next to the pontoon, barely able to keep our position. We tied onto the adjacent boat that we needed to raft onto, shut the engine down, put the kettle on and started breathing again! The Harbour Master congratulated us on an excellent arrival in terrible conditions, then charged us the £18 fee to tie up! Still, not bad for the location with spectacular views. A short dinghy trip to Noss Mayo, a beer in The Ship whilst watching the annual Beer Race rowed between the 3 pubs on the river in fancy dress, then off to the Dolphin in Newton Ferrers for the end of the race. A great day all in all, despite the actual sailing part!
Vessel Name: Quasar IV of Lleyn
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanlord 41
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, Hampshire
Crew: Graham and Tracey Kyte
About: Having made it to Gibraltar last August, now back aboard QUASAR IV to continue onward towards Corfu, Greece. Hoping to catch a few days on the various islands on route as well.
Extra: Corsica, Sardinia and Malta...here we come!
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Quasar IV of Lleyn's Photos - (Main)
A collection of photos from our new home in Paleokastritsa, Corfu.
4 Photos
Created 6 July 2015
Some pictures from the Awhba Camping Trip, Saudi Arabia, 12/13 April 2012.
19 Photos
Created 20 April 2012
A short collection of photos from March to June 2011 in and around Riyadh.
25 Photos
Created 3 June 2011
Having arrived on the 18th June, we are currently waiting for spare parts to be fabricated here on island to fix the broken rigging before heading back to Falmouth, UK.
34 Photos
Created 30 June 2010
Sailing 2200 Nm from St Georges, Bermuda, to Horta, Faial, the Azores
56 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
A short summary of our stop here in Bermuda on our way to the Azores
26 Photos
Created 24 May 2010
Sailing QUASAR IV north from Sint Maarten to Bermuda, 950 Nm.
17 Photos
Created 22 May 2010
General photos of life aboard
29 Photos
Created 5 June 2008
Mark T, ME (Graham) and Tony Ball, an old school friend have just spent a week backpacking around Dartmoor, camping out in the hills. A great break from boat maintenance!
32 Photos
Created 8 March 2008
General photos of S/Y QUASAR IV as we prepare her for our voyage
1 Photo
Created 7 January 2008