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 [...]

Portugal

03 June 2013 | Viana do Castelo - 1,493 Nm
Sunny and Hot
Our last Spanish ria was Vigo. We headed for the royal yacht club as it sounded just our kind of place! But it wasn't, unfriendly, grotty and ridiculously expensive. We spent a pleasant day exploring Vigo and left that evening. We then headed up to the Ensanada de San Simon which is like a lake at a bend in the rio to anchor for the night. We left Vigo with no wind, didn't even bother to put the sails up but as we approached the bend we suddenly had 20 knots of wind. We headed for what we thought would be the most sheltered area and had 2 attempts at setting the anchor while we swung in the wind. The next thing we knew there was a strange Dutchman standing by the side of us in his dinghy. After a 'Dead Calm' moment (thanks for that DVD Claire-Louise & Jeremy ... we think!) he came aboard for a drink. He lives on a 1930's wooden fishing boat which appeared to be in desperate need of TLC. His jeans had so many patches I think they were holding them together and he proudly announced that he didn't do laundry but bought new when he had to and only filled his water tanks every 6 months! By then we understood why!

The next morning we sailed back down the rio to Cangas. We left our anchorage in the same heavy winds only to round the bend and find next to no wind! I think we'd managed to anchor in the only windy spot in the Ria! We had a good sail with the genoa, accompanied by dolphins to a really friendly, relatively cheap marina - they even had a washing machine! Amazing how the little things in life can excite you when you live on a boat!

Our final stop in the ria Vigo was Baiona and on the way we dropped the anchor in a beautiful bay for lunch. Baiona was very touristy but interesting and nice with a big castle and a reconstruction of the Pinta (Spain's answer to the Matthew) which was one of Columbus' fleet and touched land in Baiona first after 'discovering' the New World'. We picked up a buoy in the royal yacht club as we'd heard lots of bad things about the marina. Amazingly helpful - they even came out in a launch and handed us the mooring lines - lucky we were in control on approach or could've been very nasty! The yacht club was terribly posh with lots of big leather chairs and very cheap drinks!

And now we're in Portugal at Viana do Castelo which is lovely. We've been here for a few days and been on a funicular railway to a church with spectacular views of the Portuguese mountains and Atlantic coast plus the ruins of a 2,000 year old city. A few nights ago we watched a celebration of traditional music, bands and dancing. we were a little afraid that it was laid on for the tourists, but were pleasantly surprised to find that it was for all the local music and dancing clubs, with a range of styles reminiscent of Austrian folk music to Scottish bagpipes and Irish ceilidhs....a good night once it got started. Yesterday we took the bus (we thought we were going on the train and so caused great confusion in the train station before being directed to the bus station!) to Punte do Lima, up river which had decorated the pavements of the old town with flowers for a Corpus Christy. The procession later in day then walked over them which seemed such a shame! The weather is now hot and sunny - the quilts came off today.......

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