Freya & Us

Vessel Name: Freya of Wight
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanranger
Hailing Port: Portishead
25 September 2020 | Evdhilos, Ikaria - 8,552 NM
13 September 2020 | Oinoussa - 8,491 NM
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
Recent Blog Posts
25 September 2020 | Evdhilos, Ikaria - 8,552 NM

Heading South

Nisos Oinoussa was lovely. On our first evening we strolled along the quay and harbour looking up at the village with pretty houses piled on top of each other going up the steep hill dominated by a huge blue church. The island was inhabited by several Greek shipping magnates and their lovely houses became [...]

13 September 2020 | Oinoussa - 8,491 NM

A very strange year

Well, we didn't think we would be sailing this year - but here we are! The marina were putting us under pressure to move Freya as she was apparently in the way. In the end we gave in and 24th August, with some apprehension we started our journey to Lesvos. We needn't have worried, Heathrow was eerily [...]

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 [...]

Great sails to start the year

06 April 2019 | Chios Town, Chios - 7,673 NM
Lorraine Chapman | Wet and windy
The wind settled after a few days and we were very ready to leave Lakki by then. It is lovely but it was time for a new view. At about 9.15 we received a message from Dee and Kevin - they were dropping their lines in the marina across the bay. We dropped ours and followed them out to sea. The sea was still a bit choppy but the wind was perfect as we set the sails for Patmos - a fantastic first sail of the year averaging 6.5 knots over the 20 miles. We tied up side-to on the empty quay which had been so busy in June last year and we were able to catch Kestrel's lines as they arrived just behind us. We walked around the sleepy village as it prepared for the summer onslaught before having fajitas for dinner on Kestrel followed by Uno - a good day.

No time to hang around before the weather changes again and so in the morning we set off for Ikaria 25 miles away. We weren't expecting a brilliant sail but we set the sails and again managed to sail a reasonably straight course to the still empty marina. The sea swell was a bit too big for comfort but a great sail nevertheless. At one stage Kestrel and Freya were so far apart we could barely see them on the horizon - it was hard to believe we were going to the same place but as we got closer our routes converged and we arrived just in time to catch their lines again! After a short walk around town we all had dinner on Freya before a good, peaceful nights sleep. We decided to stay put the next day as we waited for the winds to turn southerly. We walked along the coast to the next village, Thermia, which was like a ghost town almost completely closed or preparing for summer. It's a strange village that's seen better days. Its huge spa hotel dominates and sadly becomes more and more derelict. It was a lovely walk though, finished with lunch on the quay. Kevin caught a bonito on route to Ikaria and so we got the Cobb bbq out in the evening and cooked it on the quay for dinner.

In the morning the weather had turned southerly as predicted, not quite strong enough to sail the 50 miles to Chios but a comfortable motor sail with the Genoa poled out. Now our luck with the weather has run out and we're both moored on the town quay in Chios town. It's pouring with rain and there's a big swell in the harbour causing the boats to continually joggle around, very tiring! There was also loud music until the early hours in one of the bars near by last night! But we also have high winds forecast and so we have to occupy ourselves on board until it all passes.
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