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
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

Splash!

20 September 2012 | Gijon, Northern Spain– 1,010 miles
Mostly Sunny but getting cooler
After saying goodbye to our visitors we made our way 134 nautical miles west along the coast to Gijon, via two overnight anchorages in Santander and then near San Vincente de la Barquera. We motor sailed nearly the whole way with mostly very light winds either right behind or right in front of us. On the final run into Gijon, the weather was squally and the winds were extremely variable. For a short time (less than an hour) we got decent winds and managed to sail at between 7 and 8 Kts without the engine. Lorraine's smile was a mile wide despite the rain!!
Our anchorage in Santander was off a quiet beach and we had a peaceful night, disturbed only by the sound of the tractors cleaning the beach in the early hours. We planned to anchor/moor in San Vincente but when we arrived we found that every suitable spot in the bay had been taken by local boats, but tried dropping the hook alongside another sail boat. Unfortunately we couldn't get the anchor to set. We gave up before we got trapped by the falling tide and headed back east for a couple of miles to anchor off Playa de Oyambe, a wide beach where we spent a quiet and peaceful if slightly rolly night.
As we dropped the mainsail and started our final approach into Gijon we were approached by the Aduane launch and welcomed a friendly customs man aboard. After we completed the formalities and filled in his forms in triplicate (all with no English) we got ready to bid him farewell. His colleagues manoeuvred their launch alongside and as he went to step into their boat, the swell took the launch and he was left hanging from our guard rails in mid air. He wouldn't accept our help (to pull him back onboard) and as his colleagues tried a second time, they again had problems and would have squashed him between the launch and Freya if Paul hadn't fended the boat off. The launch went off to try again, but by now our man's arms gave out and he slipped very slowly into the water as his automatic life jacket inflated. The launch then tried to pull him from the water, but was still having problems as his life jacket was getting in the way. After removing his life jacket they eventually managed to get him aboard. Amazingly he still seemed to be in good humour, laughing and smiling with the only casualties being his dignity and mobile phone. We weren't sure what the penalty would be for drowning the customs officer but so far no come back!
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