Third attempt to create an entry here
01 July 2012
Now in Poros, after sail from Athens in N-Ne 20-25 knots. More later
Stepped on yacht for first time- it exists
22 June 2012 | Athens
Mark/ 36-38 degrees C
Arrived in Athens on Tuesday evening, and after months of delays, we have now taken possession of our yacht and NZ registration has occurred. We decided to stay in a local hotel near Alimos marina, to give us some time to set the yacht up for our prolonged trip. We aim to travel for the next 4 1/2 months over the mediterannean summer.
The yacht is Bavaria 46- a large 4 cabin yacht with plenty of space. To make things easier we have fitted solar panels which will allow easier power generation from the long sunny days to run two refrigerators, lighting, GPS, laptops, etc. Also had some fans fitted inside, as well as an inverter to run AC powered equipment.
Our yacht broker Yiannis of YD Yachts, has been awesome facilitating the sale and helping us with the slowand difficult process for gaining permission to sail in local waters. In NZ you just cast off and sail; here one needs a transit log, and documents for licensing , radio, and insurance. It is necessary to check in with local port police when arriving in most harbours.
We have a few teething problems to sort, and expect to be sailing by next week. Today I met friends off a cruise ship, who had a half day in Athens, on their lightening fast trip around europe. They are going to try and come and spend 5 days with us next month
Donna has picked up some flu like illness, and is laying low in the hotel. Should be back in commision for our departure next week. Will place more photos soon, have had difficulty obtaining internet access, but should be sorted now.
Readying for flight to Greece
15 June 2012 | Napier
After a busy few months, we are on the verge of leaving for Greece, to take possession of our yacht. She is called Diamond Girl. A bavaria 46 cruiser, and ex charter vessel. We plan on provisioning and then likely heading toward the Ionian for an extended cruise. Life should be a like an exciting book, and this is a new chapter.
The journey begins
11 May 2012 | Greece
In Ingham, Queensland for 6 weeks before returning to NZ for preparation for the summer in the Mediterranean. We have bought a Bavaria 46 in Athens, and will be exploring Greece and neighboring waters for about 5 months from June. We are Donna and Mark, and keen to meet other sailors travelling the same waters.