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 [...]

Heading South, Land on Left....

13 May 2013 | Muros - 1,341 Miles
Sunny
Our passage plan when we left England last June was to head south keeping the land to the left, for a long while now we have been going west, or latterly nowhere.This week when we finally managed to leave A Coruna, with our shiny new prop, we turned the corner of Spain and passing Cape Finsterre we started heading South again.There has been a noticeable change for the better in both the weather and sea state.

Our first stop was Corme, a small fishing village about 35 miles from A Coruna where we dropped the anchor for the night after a boring and grey passage under an overcast sky, occasional drizzle and lumpy sea. We had to motor for all but half an hour of the journey and the swell made me (Paul) feel seasick. At least the engine, prop and the boat behaved themselves. I was not a happy sailor!

What a difference a day makes. We set off from Corme at around 10.00 the next morning for the relatively short 21 mile hop to Camarinas. We were slightly delayed on leaving the ria as we slowed to watch a pod of dolphins hunting fish and jumping out of the water. The day got better, the sun came out, the wind picked up and we sailed the whole way from Corme to Camarinas, with fantastic views of the coastline and blue skies to keep us amused. Camarinas is a fishing port with a small marina, and a few bars and shops dotted along the promenade. It's famed for its lace and there were a few shops selling some delicate and beautiful things, but we didn't think they would work well on Freya. The marina had a small contingent of visiting British and one Canadian yacht, the crews of which were invited to a drink ashore by "Captain Bob". Captain Bob has been living afloat for over 20 years and after spending the winter in Camarinas had appointed himself deputy berthing master and social secretary. I'm sure he had some interesting tales to tell after sailing around the world twice, but his alcohol fuelled belligerence meant we didn't stick around for very long to find out.

From Camarinas we sailed south past Cape Finisterre to the Ria Muros where we are now. The trip here was an almost perfect sail, with Freya cruising at between 6-8 knots for most of the journey, past some of the most dramatic cliffs and scenery we have seen so far. The cliffs are covered in gorse and heather and are a really vibrant pallet of greens and yellows with patches of white and blue, literally breathtaking. On the approach to Muros we were sailing on a broad reach through a narrow passage between pinnacle rocks, gybing to avoid them and having a great time in brilliant sunshine and yes, smooth seas. Our passion for sailing and the boat is almost restored.

Most visiting yachts to The Ria Muros head for the established marina at Portosin ,a town which from its description in the pilot books, doesn't have a lot to offer. Instead we headed to the old town of Muros on the opposite (NW) side of the ria, which now has a new small marina in the corner of the fishing port. It's not in the pilot books or most of the almanacs yet, so it was very quiet with few visiting boats, a welcome change after Camarinas. The town of Muros itself, is one of the most unspoilt Galician towns we have found nestled in a sheltered corner of a beautiful wide open Ria. It seems to have escaped the building boom that has peppered many of the old towns around here with concrete monstrosities. It has a really pleasant feel and we will be staying here a few nights before moving on.

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