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 [...]

A Swell Ride

25 September 2012 | Ribadeo, Northern Spain – 1,140 miles
Gale force winds
We left Cudillero around 1 hour after high water which seemed to work well as the passage out of the harbour while still tense, was a lot easier than we feared. However once we were out into open sea it was a different story. The big swell and fluky winds made for an uncomfortable 40 plus nautical mile journey to our next stop, Ribadeo. For most of the first 30 odd miles the boat was cork-screwing through the swell with light winds directly behind us – so again we were motor-sailing to make Ribadeo in good time. To cap it all it was a grey day and cold – we were back wearing oilies! As we passed a headland and turned to port to make the final 10 miles or so into Ribadeo, the winds picked up and were now blowing at an average of 20 kts with gusts of 25+ as well as the 3m swell, so from motor sailing with no wind we now needed to reef the sails. As we entered the river, leading to Ribadeo, we were finally out of the swell and made the marina reception pontoon safely despite the very high cross winds. Of course, the marina staff were on siesta when we arrived and after we finally managed to register we had to move the boat to our visitors mooring - in what were now even higher winds. We managed to do this without any damage to the boat, but it was somewhat hairy! After some moments to calm our nerves we headed off for a shower – only to find no hot water – argh! Not a great first night in Ribadeo.
The next day the sun was shining and all was well again. We spent a pleasant day wandering around the town and relaxing. The very unhappy lady in tourist information told us about the Cathedral Beach which was 7km away and so we decided to walk there the next day. What she didn’t say was that the 7km was along a very straight main road with a car. 4.5 hours later we eventually arrived after walking along the coast path. It was beautiful but we were exhausted given that we had to get there before the tide came in and covered the rock formations – the purpose of the journey. We couldn’t face the return walk and so ordered a taxi – which Paul did in Spanish – and it worked! (He tells me I shouldn’t be surprised!) The next day we did another long walk along the river – the first of the Spanish Rias – which was lovely and whetted our appetite for the Rias to come.
Now we’re stuck! We’ve been here for the last couple of days with winds blowing 40+ mph and the swell blowing Freya all over the place, even in the marina. The winds are forecast to reduce tomorrow and then we need to wait for the sea to calm down and so we may be able to move on towards the end of the week.................................
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