Cruising in Greece

Sailing TB from the Villaine River in 2009 and on to Greece in 2011.

Vessel Name: Tobin Bronze
Vessel Make/Model: 35ft cold moulded plywood sloop
Hailing Port: Bristol
Crew: Peter and Judy Ward
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. [...]
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
05 August 2009
22 June 2009 | Viveiro
04 June 2009 | Ribadeo, Galicia
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

26 June 2013 | Koilada

Spring and early summer - 2013

Over the winter I bought quite a bit of kit for TB - some to replace old stuff, like the anchor chain, and some for improving the boat, such as an anchor winch, new light-weight Fortress anchor and solar panels. I also had some parts from an old Volvo engine I had found on eBay to be used as spares. [...]

01 December 2012

Peleponnese Part 2 - To Tolo

Judy and I returned to Greece on 27th June 2012, flying in to Athens and then catching the bus down to Kalamata which took about four hours from the Peleponnese bus station. It was noticeably much hotter (30 deg C during the day) than when we left about four weeks earlier. And it grew hotter by the day [...]

Menorca to Sicily Sept 2011

29 September 2011
Sailing from Mahon to Sardinia and Sicily.

With Chris S. safely on board and settled in, we had a peaceful night at anchor in Cala Taulera near Mahon. At 08:00hrs on Wed 14 Sept, we weighed anchor and set sail for south west Sardinia about 170 nM away. The wind was about 10kts from the north and once we cleared the south east corner of Menorca, we had a cracking sail on a broad reach on a course of 105° Mag towards Sardinia. When the wind died at around 20:00hrs we had sailed 72nM in 12 hours.

Under easy sail.
Sailing free towards sardinia.
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After that it got a bit boring as we chugged along under engine with the autopilot steering. We had plenty of time overnight to enjoy the clear skies and perfect visibility to take in the constellations overhead. It was a bit of a novelty and revelation for Chris as it was a first time for him to be on a darkened out sailboat at sea and miles from land and any light pollution.

We sailed into the new marina at Puerto Touristico, Calasetta, Sardinia at 18:00hrs. We touched the bottom at the entrance to the southern leg of the marina but there was plenty of water where the visiting boats berth. This is a relatively new marina, pretty cheap at 22.00 Euros with friendly staff. The town is attractive but we made a bad choice of restaurant on the second night as the food was not very good and the waiters far too pretentious.

Calasetta Marina.
Traditional sailing boats in Calasetta.
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We kept an eye on Chris as he was showing a lot of interest in the ferries to other islands and the mainland. Even though Woody and I had been on our best behaviour, we wanted to be sure he didn't want to jump ship.

Chris in Calasetta Marina.
The Ferry from Calasetta, Sardinia.
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Centre of Calasetta
Centre of Calasetta.
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After a couple of days in Calasetta we moved on towards Cagliari. We anchored at Golfo di Teulada for lunch. It was a bit crowded - two other boats in the rather large bay!

Centre of Calasetta
Centre of Calasetta.
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That evening we anchored outside Porto di Teulada overnight. It was a safe anchorage but the port is in the middle of nowhere; so I don't know why anyone would want to go into it overnight. Chris (with more than a little bit of advice from Woody) cooked a hot curry on board that evening. Luckily we had enough wine on board to soothe my palate.

Teulada anchorage.
Only other boat anchored outside Porto di Teulada.
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Next morning, Sunday 18 Sept, the forecast was for strong winds building during the day and overnight. We had a good sail to Cagliari, arriving at Marina del Sol in the north east corner of the harbour in Cagliari at 16:00hrs. This is a stronghole for live-aboard sailors. The marina itself is a bit run down but it is very safe and has loads of character and full of interesting people.

The Minstral blew for two days with winds consistently exceeding 30kts. Cagliari is a lively city and we enjoyed our stay.

Teulada anchorage.
Plotter track in Sardinia.
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By Wednesday, the Minstral had blown itself out; so we decided to go for Sicily. It was a bit of a mistake really as the wind might have gone but it left a strong northerly swell which was right on the beam all the way to Sicily. With no wind, Tobin Bronze rolled like a bastard all the way. Which was very unpleasant! By the time we got to Trapani - 178 nM and 33 hours later, the swell was moderating but still it was a very uncomfortable trip.

North west Sicily, north of Trapani.
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The highlite of the stay in Trapani was a visit to the medieval mountain fortress of Erica. There were also some pretty nice seafood restaurants in Trapani.

Smug git.
Dining in Trapani.
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A few days later we were moored in Palermo where we had arranged another crew change. Chris was heading off home while Roger was joining up for the trip to Zakinthos.
Tobin Bronze's Photos - Main
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Tobin Bronze going out in the 1967 Melbourne Cup.
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