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 Spoilt Brat

21 April 2013 | Cedeira -1,209 Miles
Sunny and Warm
Well we have finally said goodbye to Viveiro. We really enjoyed our time there and would heartily recommend it to all visitors to Galicia, whether you are travelling by sea or land. The marina staff, Fernando, Maria and Guillermo were lovely and couldn't do enough to help. Our last couple of days were spent exploring the coast, including the lovely fishing village of Barqueiro and preparing for the next stage of our journey. On our final night we were visited by an otter chasing fish around the marina! This excitement was followed by a last visit to our favourite bars for people watching and tapas.

We set sail from Viveiro to do the 36 Nm trip to Cedeira in light winds and forecast 3-4m swell. Paul was heavily dosed up on Stugeron as this was our first time on the water in nearly 6 months, and we were worried, not only about our lack of sea legs but also whether or not we could remember how to sail. Luckily it all came back as we motor sailed most of the journey with a great close hauled sail in the middle. On the way we had a close encounter with a sunfish swimming on the surface and thankfully the engine behaved as it should!

Cedeira is a beautiful anchorage in a sheltered lagoon. We dropped the hook in the afternoon and spent a very pleasant evening BBQing on the back of the boat in the sunshine. In the morning we took the dinghy ashore. We started with a walk around the headland with great views of the ria and then explored the old town. At this stage we thought Freya may have moved but decided not. As we walked along the beach we wondered again whether she'd moved but decided it was just a different perspective as we walked. As we headed back to town there was no doubt - she was moving! We were still a mile or so from the dinghy - but we covered the distance quickly - it's amazing what adrenaline can do! When we got to the dinghy it looked as if Freya was on the beach and as we motored back we were just waiting for her to start falling on her keel but we got there in time, hastily started the engine and lifted the anchor before heading back out to our anchorage. Freya had stayed in one spot from mid afternoon, when we arrived until that morning. After reseting the anchor she then stayed in the same spot until the following morning when we left. We had left her for a couple of hours and like a petulant child she decided to join us on the beach and slipped her anchor! A few of you suggested she was sulking when we returned to her after the winter but we now think she's behaving like a spoilt brat!

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