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 [...]

Spring re-fit 2009

11 May 2009 | Offshore - Sedco 714
Judy and I travelled to France on Brittany Ferries "Bretagne", departing from Portsmouth at 20:30hrs on Friday 17 April and arriving in St Malo at 08:15 next morning. We had the usual enjoyable meal on the ferry and caught a few ZZZ's for the rest of the night. It was then only a couple of hours easy drive to Port de Foleux via Rennes and Redon. The car was well loaded down with gear; genoa (which had been valeted), life raft (serviced), life jackets, paint, tools, bedding, new sun awning and so on.

We removed the boat covers and found "TB" in good condition, even after a hard winter. Jean Francois from the yard told us that the temperature had reached -10degC during the winter.

The work list included:- Anti-fouling Re-painting the hull Rigging an inner forestay Fitting electronics Cleaning the cabin and bilges.

We stayed in La Roche Bernard at our usual B&B run by Dani and Ricky who made us very welcome. Sunday was a bit of a disaster. We had parked our car in the middle of La Roche Bernard and on Sunday there was a huge car boot sale going on all around it. When I tried to open the car, the bloody car alarm would not stop. Very embarrassing!!! Eventually, I had to drive the car away with the alarm sounding continuously and park it in a less populated car park down by the marina. I still couldn't get the alarm to stop. Port de Foleux is about 10km from La Roche Bernard; so we didn't do any work on the boat on Sunday. On Monday, we dumped the car (alarm still sounding) with a motor engineer who eventually disabled the alarm at a cost of 180Euros. But at least we could drive the bloody thing without disturbing everybody within a 500 metre radius.

Ricky from the B&B kindly drove us to Foleux and picked us up in the evening. Next morning Ricky again drove me to the boat while Judy sorted out the car.

Fortunately, the weather was warm and sunny (for the time of the year) and we managed to get all the work done in spite of losing a day.

"TB" was lifted into the water on Thursday afternoon.

Judy "volunteered" to go up the mast in the bosun's chair to attach the inner forestay and feed through an additional halyard. She admitted to being a bit apprehensive but of course she could not resist the challenge. I think her biggest fear was that I would "expire" while winching her up. I will confess to raising a bit of a sweat!

We had planned to go down the Villaine to the marina in La Roche Bernard on Friday afternoon but the very helpful lady in the Capitaineire at Port de Foleux advised us that La Roche Bernard was full as there was a classic boat regatta going on there over the weekend. So we left "TB" in Foleux and drove down to La Roche Bernard in the evening for a meal at our favourite restaurant there, the La Corunna. We have been going there for 5 or 6 years and this was the first time that we were the only customers. Usually it is very popular. Madame Caroline, the young co-owner, told us that they were finding it very difficult. Definitely an indication of the effect of the current economic crises.


On Saturday, we entertained Sylvia and Frank plus their two children. Sylvia worked for us as an Au Pair about twenty years ago and she and Judy have kept in touch. They live about an hour and a half away to the south near the Loire River. After they left, we moored fore and aft to a couple of buoys belonging to Port de Foleux

Next day, we left "TM" at 05:30hrs before daylight on a misty damp morning and returned home via the Roscoff-Plymouth ferry. Judy and Sofie prepared a meal Sunday evening in Ben's honour. He was off to Cambridge Massachusetts on Monday for two years on a research project at the MIT
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.
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Created 14 December 2015
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Created 15 October 2014
Re-launch in Kilada to Orei, Evia in early July
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Created 22 July 2014
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Created 18 May 2014
A late summer cruise to the northern Cyclades
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Created 20 January 2014
Cruise to Crete
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Created 19 July 2013
Visits to Koilada May & june 2013
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Created 9 June 2013
From Kalamata to the Argolic Gulf in July 2012
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Created 12 January 2013
From Messolonghi to Kalamata May 2012
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Created 10 January 2013
Italy to Zakinthos and Messolonghi
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Created 24 November 2011
Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli - three of the Aeolian Islands
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Created 24 November 2011
Sardinia and Sicily Sept 2011
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Created 24 November 2011
Sailing from Cartagena to Sardinia
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Created 24 November 2011
Sailing TB from Faro to Cartagena in June and July 2011
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Created 9 August 2011
Sailing on John's boat 'Derby Lass'
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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.
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Created 1 October 2010
June - July in the Rias Baixas, Galicia
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Created 8 August 2010
Six days on the "Dunmow Flitch" between Braunston and Market Harborough in April 2010.
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Created 1 June 2010
Lay up for winter in Cangas
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Created 27 October 2009
Newport R.I.,Cuttyhunk Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
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Created 17 September 2009
Highlights of the trip from Viveiro to Ria de Vigo.
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Created 2 August 2009
Hugh pod of dolphins encountered 10:30hrs 04 June at approx 44º24'N; 006º32'W
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Created 23 June 2009
Between 02 June and 04 June 2009 from La Roche Bernard to Ribadeo in Galicia, Spain
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Created 18 June 2009
Port de Foleux is about 15 miles up the Villaine River, 6 miles upstream from La Roche Bernard
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Created 18 June 2009