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 [...]

Happy Birthday

19 May 2013 | Combarro - 1,409 Miles
Sunshine and Showers
We spent four happy nights in Muros, just wandering around the town, along the coast and generally chilling out. We found the old town charming and enjoyed walking around the old tidal mill on the seashore. Unsurprisingly to us, as with most of the tourist attractions we try to visit in Galicia, it was closed on the day we went!

We left Muros and headed to the Ria Arousa. We motor sailed most of the way but were rewarded with two distant views of dolphins on passage. Our first night in this ria was an anchorage off Santa Uxia de Riveria where we anchored just off the beach in 20-25 kn of wind and outside a buoyed area that protected some shellfish beds. We spent a pleasant and uneventful night at anchor, despite me (Paul) worrying about the anchor holding, given our experiences in Cederia a few weeks ago but the wind dropped as forecast and all was well. We were woken not long after sunrise by the sound of motors and voices nearby. When we looked up we were surprised and slightly embarrassed to see dozens of small boats, many tied together with long ropes inside the buoyed area. They use long rakes with cages on them to rake up shellfish off the seafloor. It was very surreal having breakfast in the middle of all this industry. When we came to leave, we noticed that one of the long ropes linking the small boats together had been run across our anchor chain, but a few nods to the fisherman and they cheerfully manoeuvred the rope clear. Obviously a frequent occurrence to them.

From this anchorage, we motored across the ria to the marina at Villanova, past mile after mile of Viveros (mussel rafts). While we love mussels they really spoil the ria and we wished they weren't there but it is their main industry - on saying that we haven't managed to find any to eat in any of the local restaurants! The area around Villanova is one of the ria's main tourist spots but the town itself was uninspiring. If the weather had been better we could have enjoyed the beaches and walks, but the rain and drizzle was a real dampener (pun intended) on our time there. After just one night we decided to move on.

We are now in Combarro in the Ria Pontevedra. Combarro is a lovely village towards the top of the ria. The old town stretches along the shore and has been beautifully preserved and restored. A little touristy perhaps but still really charming. It was a great place to spend my birthday yesterday and Lorraine did me proud with some great presents and a birthday cake she baked onboard. She has set the bar quite high for her birthday in a few weeks time! We plan to spend a few more days here now the weather is improving and explore the town of Pontevedra itself which is only about 4 miles away. From here we will head to the Ria Vigo which will be our last stop before we enter Portugal which is now only about 30 miles away (as the crow files).

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