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 [...]

Wild Flowers and Lily

05 May 2019 | Moudrou, Limnos - 7,847 NM
Lorraine Chapman | Very Windy
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 of the ruined buildings with chimneys which are dotted all over Limnos, so on our return tried to find out more. We were told by a local that the one in the village made petrol(!) and another which was renovated to holiday accommodation appeared to be an olive oil plant - not sure that fully answered the mystery. The day finished with dinner and games on Kestrel.

The village of Loutra is about a 30 minute walk from Skala Loutra and so the next day we headed that way, uphill, along pretty lanes to the village nestled in the hills. It’s a very pretty village with all the shops you could need and a church with views but not touristy at all, lovely. Dee and Kevin were heading south and so were leaving in the morning as the wind changed northerly and we spent our last evening together eating and playing rummicub on Freya. Early the next morning we waved goodbye before doing chores - we patched the dinghy which seemed to be deflating rather quickly, whipped mooring lines damaged on the quay in Chios and went for another beautiful walk along the coast to the next bay.

Lorraine needed to return to the UK and so we took Freya around to Mytilini marina. It was a very lumpy motor sail (mainly to dry the sail after all the rain as it wasn’t really helping) but thankfully it was only 2.5 hours. The marina was very welcoming and has finger pontoons - just like home! Gordon and Louise, who we wintered with in Kalamata last year, were there with their new adopted crew member - Lily the cat who definitely liked Freya more than us! We had a very nice few days exploring Mytilini, shopping (including an interesting hour in a lingerie shop!) and socialising, finishing with a lovely, long Sunday lunch by the sea before Lorraine flew home early on the Monday.

Paul spent the week discovering all the back street hardware shops with lots of hidden, dusty treasures, ticking off lots of chores and enjoying lots of drinking with the neighbours! One of the chores was to investigate a fresh water leak which turned out to be coming from under the tank in a completely inaccessible place without dismantling Freya’s saloon - a job that needs some planning..........

Louise and Gordon left to go cruising, just one day before Lorraine got back and so Paul wasn’t alone for long! We celebrated my return with dinner on the harbour where we were entertained by the soldiers marching with their band - part of the Easter celebrations presumably. We decided on one more day in Mytilini before we too went cruising and headed for the Archeology Museum - which was closed - and so we went on a lovely walk around the castle buying pastries on route before climbing the steep hill to the ancient theatre. This was closed too but we climbed through the fence to find there wasn’t a lot left. The shape of the amphitheatre was clear but no seats remained, just the stage at the bottom. It was worth the climb though for the spectacular views of the castle, Mytilini and Turkey across the Aegean as we sat and enjoyed our lunch.



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