Freya & Us

Vessel Name: Freya of Wight
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanranger
Hailing Port: Portishead
03 December 2019 | Bristol - 8,443 NM
05 November 2019 | Mytilini - 8,443 NM
18 October 2019 | Mytilini, Lesbos - 8,413 NM
11 October 2019 | Molyvos, Lesbos - 8,379 NM
04 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM
02 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM
22 September 2019 | Ormos Eleftheriou - 8,210NM
18 September 2019
18 September 2019 | Thassos - 8,190 NM
09 September 2019 | Marini, Lemnos - 8,123 NM
02 September 2019 | Sigri, Lesvos - 8,049 NM
21 May 2019
19 May 2019 | Mytilini, Lesvos - 7,977 NM
12 May 2019 | Skala Polikintiou - 7,936 NM
05 May 2019 | Moudrou, Limnos - 7,847 NM
17 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM
09 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM
06 April 2019 | Chios Town, Chios - 7,673 NM
28 March 2019 | Lakki, Leros - 7,573 NM
19 November 2018
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03 December 2019 | Bristol - 8,443 NM

2019 by the numbers

Eighth year of cruising completed. This year’s numbers are:

05 November 2019 | Mytilini - 8,443 NM

I don’t want to alarm you but......

We had 10 days in Mytilini before our visitors arrived. We spent the time being very sociable with our fellow yachties. As well as Gordon and Louise on Camira we were joined by Edward on Windhoos from the Netherlands and Uva from Germany. A few bleary mornings were testament to the good nights had by [...]

18 October 2019 | Mytilini, Lesbos - 8,413 NM

Overnight to Molyvos

Our overnight passage was beautiful. We left Samothraki just before 5.00 pm to do 78 miles ensuring we arrived in daylight. The sea was totally flat and we had a gentle breeze allowing the main to give us a bit of assistance. The moon was almost full and already rising as we left and it lit our way until [...]

11 October 2019 | Molyvos, Lesbos - 8,379 NM

Samothraki

It was time to start heading south and back to Lesvos for the winter. We left Porto Lagos having really enjoyed our few days, there even though it felt as we left as soon as we’d arrived. 37 miles away was our next stop, Samothraki. A small island made of a large chunk of marble a long way from anywhere [...]

04 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM

Twitchers

Our first night back in Kavala turned out to be very long! One of the big ferries arrived shortly after us which isn't normally a problem but it clearly wasn't going anywhere soon but kept his engine running all night. Added to that the whole fishing fleet must've returned for the weekend passing very [...]

02 October 2019 | Porto Lagos - 8,263 NM

A bus trip to Thessaloniki

A very pleasant 20 NM downwind motorsail past a couple of oil rigs took us to Ormos Eleftheriou. We had to come here as it’s Rita’s (Paul’s sister) family name. It’s a beautiful, big horseshoe shaped bay with small islands dotted about it, a few smaller bays plus a castle and sandy beaches. After [...]

Vive la France

23 June 2012 | Camaret - Brittany
Very windy!
Gary (Lorraine's brother) and Dave (friend) joined us in Falmouth Tues 19th but departure was delayed as we were waiting for a new fridge to arrive - we couldn't leave unless we could provide cold beer or risk a crew mutiny! We eventually left Falmouth early Wednesday morning with a force 6/7 forecast - not sure why!! The first part of the Channel crossing was lovely with calm sea, blue sky and gentle breeze - but true to the forecast the wind picked up to a force 7/8 and was accompanied by torrential rain - useful experience! We arrived in L'aberwrac'h after midnight and if we could've seen the rocks on the approach would probably have been terrified. A cold beer and then to bed.
We spent a very pleasant day in L’aberwrac’h after securing the boat for the force 8 gale blowing through and left heading south the following morning. Unfortunately, Paul and Gary had spent much of the night (and morning!) putting the world to rights and Paul was not really up to an early start and sailing in a rough sea and so we headed into Camaret in the afternoon. He spent much of the day looking very green and cuddling the winch. The first half of the journey was in very rough seas but otherwise sunny and good sailing and it later turned into a perfect sailing day – curtailed by Paul’s lack of stamina – Gary was very sympathetic!
Breaking news! While sitting on the boat writing this we’ve just been rudely interrupted by a huge crash in the side of Freya! From down below it sounded horrendous and on rushing up on deck we found a French boat untangling his anchor from one of Freya’s stanchions while reversing into the boat behind us. We’re now waiting for the skipper to come and offer recompense.
Now, yet again, we’re waiting for the weather before heading further south - although it’s a very nice place to be waiting and moule frites beckons............................
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