Cruising in Greece

Sailing TB from the Villaine River in 2009 and now cruising Greece in 2011.

Vessel Name: Tobin Bronze
Vessel Make/Model: 35ft cold moulded plywood sloop
Hailing Port: Bristol
Crew: Peter and Judy Ward
About:
Launched in 1985. After one year sailing in the Bristol Channel, TB has been sailed for 17,700 plus miles by Peter, Judy, Charlotte, Ben and Sofie - firstly based in Dartmouth and then in South Brittany. [...]
03 July 2016 | Agmar Marine Boatyard. Partheni, Island of Leros
30 October 2015
01 October 2014 | Kilada to Orei
25 November 2013
19 July 2013
26 June 2013 | Koilada
01 December 2012
01 November 2012 | Koilada
29 September 2011
10 September 2011
15 June 2011 | British Columbia, Canada
20 August 2010 | Ria de Vigo
28 October 2009 | Cangas
17 September 2009
Recent Blog Posts
21 June 2017

Dodecanese Islands - Spring 2017

Judy and I arrived back at Leros airport at 08:15hrs on Wed 10 May 2017. We had a three and a half hour wait at Athens for the small commuter plane to Leros. A long wait but we enjoyed the views of various islands on the one hour flight to Leros. The boatyard had arranged for a hire car to be waiting [...]

03 July 2016 | Agmar Marine Boatyard. Partheni, Island of Leros

Orei to Leros, Summer 2016

Judy and I returned to Greece on 17 April 2016. Sofie and one year old Edith met up with us at Heathrow and we flew off together. We picked up a hire car at Athens airport and drove to Orei on Evia Island, crossing on the Arkitsas to Edipsos ferry.

01 October 2014 | Kilada to Orei

Summer 2014

19 July 2013

An Island Too Far.

For the first trip of the summer, I planned a nice little cruise down the west side of the Argolic Gulf, past Cape Maleas to north west Crete and along the coast to Iraklion. We were to meet up with Kevin and Lesley there and then continue the loop back to Koilada via Thira (Santorini) and Milos in the [...]

Cadiz to Cartagena July 2011

31 July 2011
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Next leg of trip to Greece July 2011

The excellent yacht club at Puerto Santa Maria near Cadiz was a convenient place for a planned crew change. Tim left at 06:30hrs after having to climb over the security gate at the top of the pontoon. It would have been easier to have asked for a key but we would never be that organized!

Tim behind bars.
Tim behind bars.
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Next day, Judy arrived mid-afternoon by plane from Bristol to Seville and then train to the local station. Kevin and Lesley G-J had a more eventful journey. Their plane to Jerez was cancelled; so they had to fly to Seville and then transferred by bus to Jerez. When they did make it to the yacht club, they were minus their luggage. But it did turn up before lunch the next day.

Judy, Kevin and Lesley with friend.
Judy, Kevin, Lesley and friend.
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Over the next week we sailed in variable conditions south east down the Spanish Atlantic coast, visiting Sancti Petri (top spot), Barbate (v.boring) past Gib and into the marina at La Linea.

The high lights were a day sight seeing in Cadiz, the challenging entrance into Sancti Petri which is then beautifully peaceful, sailing past Cape Trafalgar, dodging the ships and ferries in the Gibraltar anchorage. We opted to go into the rather empty new marina at La Linea. The facilities were excellent with great views of the north face of the 'Rock'. It is only a ten minute walk across the border into Gibraltar.

Tobin Bronze on Club Nautico mooring in Sancti Petri.
Tobin Bronze on Club Nautico mooring in Sancti Petri.
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The Rock in sight.
Gibraltar in sight.
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From La Linea we had a tourist outing, catching the ferry from Algeciras to Tangiers. This was an eventful adventure in itself! We would have been much better off catching a ferry from Tarife to Tangiers.

Off with them to the slave market.
Will swap them for 2 camels and 3 goats.
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Tourists in Tangiers.
Tourists in Tangiers.
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Apart from the interesting tours of the tunnels in the Rock, Gibraltar was disappointing. It is one of these places that has such historical and strategical importance but the reality is quite mundane.

Across the Strait of Gibraltar.
That's Africa over there.
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On Saturday 09 July, we helped Kevin and Lesley carry their bags around to Gibraltar airport to fly back to the UK. It had been a fun week with them.

Judy, Bob and Trish.
Victims - I mean crew - for next voyage.
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Tricia and Bob arrived from Brisbane on Sunday 11 July and over the next two weeks we cruised north east along the Spanish coast. The further into the Mediterranean we went the less wind we found. We visited Duquessa, Fuengirlo (from where we took a bus up to Migas in the foothills of the mountains), Marina del Este Puerto de la Mona, Motril (with very nice yacht club and excellent swimming pool), Almeria and Aguadulce. At this last port, Sofie joined us as we spent a few days visiting Almeria, Alcazaba and Alhambra. Aguadulce is not a good port to be in at the weekend as the very noisy waterside disco starts at 23:00hrs and goes on until 08:00hrs Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Bob at the helm.
Sailing north east from Gibraltar in a nice breeze.
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Donkeys in Migas.
Tourist attractions in Migas.
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Cathedral in Almeria.
Judy and Sofie at the cathedral in Almeria.
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After stopping overnight at Puerto de Garrucha where the Marineo was very helpful in getting us into a berth in quite windy conditions, we headed towards Cartagena and were treated to a wonderful exhibition by a swordfish who looked as though he wanted to fly! Unfortunately, he was too far away to get an photos.

Smug Sofie.
Sofie looking very pleased with herself!
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Cartagena is an interesting place, obviously one of Europe's best kept secrets. Lovely buildings, bags of history (a recently discovered Roman theatre just off the port), interesting museums, relaxing pedestrian precincts with Spanish families promenading in the evenings, good restaurants - all the best attributes of a Spanish city.

Bob and Tricia left us by train to Madrid to fly on to Canada to see daughter Anne. Judy, Sofie and I returned to the UK from the tourist airport at San Javier on Saturday 30 July. Tobin Bronze had sailed 516 nautical miles from Faro.

There are a lot more photos in the PhotoAlbum 'Faro to Cartagena'.
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Tobin Bronze's Photos - Main
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Tobin Bronze going out in the 1967 Melbourne Cup.
 
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Sept 2017. Dodecanese Islands
17 Photos
Created 20 October 2017
Dodecanese Islands
23 Photos
Created 24 June 2017
Cruising from Orei. Evia to Leros in the Dodcanese in May, June
18 Photos
Created 30 October 2016
Launch from Orei, sail north to Thessaloniki, around the Khalkidhiki paninsula and Mt Athos to Nea Peramos.
17 Photos
Created 14 December 2015
22 Photos
Created 15 October 2014
Re-launch in Kilada to Orei, Evia in early July
16 Photos
Created 22 July 2014
13 Photos
Created 18 May 2014
A late summer cruise to the northern Cyclades
18 Photos
Created 20 January 2014
Cruise to Crete
11 Photos
Created 19 July 2013
Visits to Koilada May & june 2013
11 Photos
Created 9 June 2013
From Kalamata to the Argolic Gulf in July 2012
57 Photos
Created 12 January 2013
From Messolonghi to Kalamata May 2012
45 Photos
Created 10 January 2013
Italy to Zakinthos and Messolonghi
15 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli - three of the Aeolian Islands
30 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Sardinia and Sicily Sept 2011
19 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Sailing from Cartagena to Sardinia
24 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Sailing TB from Faro to Cartagena in June and July 2011
64 Photos
Created 9 August 2011
Sailing on John's boat 'Derby Lass'
20 Photos
Created 6 August 2011
Delivery trip with Woody from Vigo to Lisbon when John Q. met us. Then to Ohao where Judy replaced John for a trip up the Guardina River.
41 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
June - July in the Rias Baixas, Galicia
26 Photos
Created 8 August 2010
Six days on the "Dunmow Flitch" between Braunston and Market Harborough in April 2010.
26 Photos
Created 1 June 2010
Lay up for winter in Cangas
17 Photos
Created 27 October 2009
Newport R.I.,Cuttyhunk Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
48 Photos
Created 17 September 2009
Highlights of the trip from Viveiro to Ria de Vigo.
34 Photos
Created 2 August 2009
Hugh pod of dolphins encountered 10:30hrs 04 June at approx 44º24'N; 006º32'W
18 Photos
Created 23 June 2009
Between 02 June and 04 June 2009 from La Roche Bernard to Ribadeo in Galicia, Spain
11 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 June 2009
Port de Foleux is about 15 miles up the Villaine River, 6 miles upstream from La Roche Bernard
4 Photos
Created 18 June 2009