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 [...]

Home from Home

22 August 2012 | La Rochelle - still 648 miles
Hot and sunny
We’re back in La Rochelle after our last minute visit home – it was lovely to see everyone again and proved that we can pop home easily. In the interest of our budget we decided to stay here for a bit longer as the cheapest way to pay the marina fees to cover our trip home was to pay for a month. The weather when we arrived was very hot, but has now cooled to the high twenties and is very comfortable in comparison. We’ve done a lot of cycling – we have the sore bits to prove it – and things we needed to do on the boat. Paul is still fighting with the generator and that saga continues this afternoon and we serviced the other loo and changed pipes to try and eliminate an annoying pong!
Our first trip was to Rochefort on the train - a town which seems to be reinventing itself as a cross between Greenwich and Plymouth. Louis lX built a huge arsenal and naval college here and large parts have been restored including a fascinating rope walk. How did anyone ever think to make rope out of bits of hemp like that!? They are also building a replica of the Hermione, a 17th century warship that the French (LaFayette) sailed to America in support of the colonials in the War of Independence. The boat is almost complete and will be sailed to the US when finished in remembrance of that voyage. Perhaps Rochefort also has aspirations to be like Bristol and the Mathew. As with all days out it also included a very nice sea food lunch.
We cycled south along the coast to Chatelaillon, about 25 miles there and back, which in places looks a lot like home as the estuary towards the Charente and Rochefort is very shallow and so is very muddy at low tide. Along the coast there were a number of jetties supporting huge fishing nets that are lowered into the water at high tide – it must be a very effective way of fishing to support the number of jetties we saw. Half of France seemed to be digging for their dinner in the mud along the way but memories of Severn mud meant we preferred others to the dirty work.
Yesterday we cycled in the other direction around La Rochelle and north towards the docks and Ile de Re. On the return journey we went via Les Salines expecting salt pans but found instead a lovely nature reserve – very peaceful after trying to cycle around La Rochelle! We spotted a heron, ducks, egrets and then............. a lama, an ostrich, camels, deer and ponies! We didn’t think this typical of French wildlife but then realised the circus was in town!
We’ve been thinking that it’s time to move on as we plan to meet up with friends in Bilbao in a few weeks, but now that we’ve checked the weather forecast I think we may be staying here for a bit longer as 30 mile an hour winds are forecast! No hurry........................
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