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
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 2017 | 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
05 August 2009
Recent Blog Posts
03 July 2017 | 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 [...]

Ribadeo to Viveiro - 06 June 09

22 June 2009 | Viveiro
Friday 05 June,

Exploring Ribadeo - an interesting town and area. The older part of the town has plenty of character but the new parts are pretty soulless. We had a lovely walk in the quiet rural countryside to the north east of Ribadeo in the late afternoon.

Ribadeo countryside

The weather pattern had changed with thundery showers from the south west. We had hoped to spend a couple of days in Ribadeo but the forecast for the next week was not good. We decided to get around to Viveiro on Saturday before the worst of the weather arrived on Sunday/Monday.

Ria de Ribadeo

We left Ribadeo at 10:20hrs, Sat 06 June and beat up the coast to the north west with 1 reef in the main and 4 wraps in the genoa. But at 13:00hrs the wind headed us and turned what had been an enjoyable sail into a slog. After the wind veered, we had to tack upwind. There was a short nasty sea running and after the wind shift; we were either beating straight into the waves on the port tack or at 90deg to the sea on the starboard tack. On either tack, progress was painfully slow. The significant wave height was a good 3 metres.

After a couple of hours, we had had enough of this, so wound in the genoa and motor sailed to the west to get into the Ria de Viveiro. Once inside the Ria, all was OK in our world once again. By 17:30hrs. we were snugly tied up in the very sheltered marina in Viveiro.

That evening, for a starter, John cooked the three plump mackerel we caught during the day.

Over the next 4 days, there were continual strong winds off Cabo Ortegal and Cabo Finisterre. This made for an easy decision to leave Tobin Bronze in Viveiro and not to continue to La Coruna. We had 3 relaxing days in Viveiro, dodging the rain showers which sometimes were pretty heavy. The wind was also very gusty; in excess of 30 knots across the marina at times.

On Wed 10 June 09, we hired a taxi for 130 Euros to take us to La Coruna airport, about 1 hour 15 min away. ClickAir fly from La Coruna to London Heathrow.
Tobin Bronze's Photos - Main
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Tobin Bronze going out in the 1967 Melbourne Cup.
Dodecanese Islands
22 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
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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