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


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


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 [...]

Crystal Maze

03 September 2012 | Port Medoc, France – 709 Miles
Hot and Sunny
We left La Rochelle heading for Port Medoc on the Gironde estuary, but added a few miles to the trip to go and see Fort Boyard, home of the “Crystal Maze”. Apparently the Fort was obsolete almost as soon as it was finished, so being the home of a TV programme that has been seen in 26 countries is as much action as its ever seen.

Port Medoc is on the southern side of the Gironde Estuary that leads into Bordeaux, a quieter alternative to the port in Royan which was our other option. We made good time from La Rochelle, too good, as we arrived at high water, while the ebb tide was still flowing, which on the entry to the Gironde estuary makes for some interesting seas. We motor sailed through the biggest breaking waves we have yet experienced, perhaps we should have slowed down...

From Port Medoc we spent a really nice week cycling to explore the surrounding area. The beaches were long sweeping crescents of sand, caressed and sometimes battered by the Atlantic waves. The beaches were both beautiful and dramatic. We also cycled to Soullac the nearest town to Port Medoc, where we spent a pleasant day wandering and shopping.

In Port Medoc we met with a few other English boats and spent some pleasant nights sharing a drink, swapping sailing stories and planning a wedding. Adjacent to Port Medoc is a small village called Le Verdun, with a small beach, a few bars and local shops. It also has an “Ancient Oyster Port” a selection of fisherman’s huts on a small inlet, some of which have been converted to basic seafood bars. It looked quite third world and would have been really fun we think - but as it didn’t get going until late, somehow we never quite got there in the evening!. Port Medoc is a real contrast from Royan which we visited by ferry while here.

Royan is a very busy and bustling tourist town with no character as it was flattened during WWll and rebuilt in the 1950s but it does have lovely market, shops, nice beaches and the bars you would expect. The only really point of note was the modern 1950s cathedral replacing the medieval one destroyed in the war. From the outside it’s a concrete monstrosity (albeit falling apart from concrete cancer) but inside it’s an inspirational and impressive space. Well worth the visit.
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