Freya & Us

Vessel Name: Freya of Wight
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Oceanranger
Hailing Port: Portishead
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
17 November 2018
07 November 2018 | Severn Beach - 7,563 NM
01 November 2018 | Leros, Greece - 7,563 NM
26 October 2018 | Didim - 7,526
18 October 2018 | Yalikavac - 7,526 NM
14 October 2018 | Bodrum - 7,464 NM
12 October 2018
10 October 2018 | Bozburun - 7,424 NM
01 October 2018 | Didim, Turkey - 7,323 NM
28 September 2018 | Didim, Turkey 7,323 NM
26 September 2018 | Didim, Turkey - 7,323 NM
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21 May 2019

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By clicking on the link below you can load an interactive map to see our route and explore the places we stopped at.

19 May 2019 | Mytilini, Lesvos - 7,977 NM

No Energy

With a flight home booked in 10 days from Lesvos and the weather so unsettled it was time to head back or risk being stuck on the wrong island and missing the wedding! First we needed to visit the Port Police again to pay our fees - so much form filling, it takes ages but all very friendly. Next coffee [...]

12 May 2019 | Skala Polikintiou - 7,936 NM

Limnos, windswept and closed

We left Mytilini early in the morning heading for a sheltered anchorage in Kolpas Kolloni on the south coast 35 miles away. As we expected, for the first part of our journey, heading south, the wind was on the nose making sailing in the right direction impossible and the sea was lumpy. Progress was slow [...]

05 May 2019 | Moudrou, Limnos - 7,847 NM

Wild Flowers and Lily

We had a few lovely days in Skala Loutra with Dee and Kevin. We walked up the steep path through the spring flowers and olive trees to the pretty little church perched on the hill above the bay for wonderful views of the green hills and the bay as well as the boats on the quay. We could also see some [...]

17 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM

Wet but beautiful Lesvos

After a day of torrential rain, with thunder and lightening thrown in, we woke to a much brighter day. We understood there was a bus from Skala Loutra to the island's capital, Mytilini, at 10.15 and so the four of us collected at the bus stop next to the quay and waited. 10.15 came and went with no bus [...]

09 April 2019 | Skala Loutra, Lesbos - 7,722 NM

Things that go bang in the night

What started as 'joggling' around on the quay in Chios Town turned into chaos as the day progressed! Necessity dictated a supermarket trip in the rain and, of course, coffee - a very long one as the boats were getting more uncomfortable. Getting on and off the boats was becoming increasingly challenging [...]

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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