08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
06 July 2013 | Corfu Greece
06 July 2013 | Montenegro
06 July 2013 | Croatia
29 June 2013 | Croatia
22 June 2013 | Croatia
18 June 2013 | The Sea
12 June 2013 | Greece
11 June 2013 | Greece
10 June 2013 | Greece
05 June 2013
28 July 2012 | Various - Elba
22 July 2012 | Sardinia
21 July 2012 | Corsica
20 July 2012 | Corsica

We need some girls

10 June 2013 | Greece
The delay in leaving Messolonghi meant that we would be one day late to pick up Jeanne and Elaina. They would need to get a hotel on Corfu for one night and we would need to find a midway spot for the night. In between Lefkas and Corfu are two small islands called Paxos and Anti Paxos. We decided to anchor in the most northern bay on Paxos called Ormos Lakka. It was fairly crowded when we arrived and twice reset our anchor to make sure we would have enough swing room from other boats. This turned out to be pure folly because twice as many boats came in behind us and anchored on all sides. Ashore is a very quaint village with about a dozen restaurants. The British Pub was serving two for one cocktails and Nick couldn't pass up that deal. After one or two Long Islands (you know me?) we developed a now common Greek medical condition that I've come to know as Inebri-itus. The only cure is a gyro or two and sleep. No problem there because now I had that new item which can't be talked about any more to protect me.

Around 6:00am we headed out to Corfu. The main marina is called Gouvia and located a few miles out of town. We arrived just in time for the noon wind to pick up. In the Med there are two common ways to dock a boat. One is to lay out your anchor and back up to the quay and the second is to use pre-laid lines instead of your anchor. These are called Lazy Lines and are common in marinas. With the wind now blowing at 15 knots on our beam (side), I could not get Palarran into the tight space the marina was directing me to. The maneuver attempts started to get a lot of attention on the dock until we had a nice crowd waiting to see me crash the boat or foul my propeller into the lazy lines. Abort-Abort-Abort - I called the dock worker and said we couldn't do it and were leaving, much to the disappointment of the watching gallery.

He did take pity on me and found a space on a wall where I could tie up alongside. Nick and I must practice docking more in order to get it perfected. It's just hard to practice when you're surrounded by boats and people. The girls showed up within 15 minutes of tying up and we were happy to see them. First because it signaled the start of our summer trip and a very close second because they had the inverter. Two hours later and it was installed functioning properly. Now, to figure out how to get the old one home?
Vessel Name: Palarran
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56
Hailing Port: Portage, Michigan
Crew: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
About: We enjoy adventurous travel. We also love the water. These two combined have led us to embark on a sailing tour of the Mediterranean. 2015 will be our fourth season.
David is a small business owner who enjoys planning the family travel in his spare time. Jeanne manages the family and enjoys travel and tennis. Nick is learning how to run a business and cook by founding Nicks Gyros food trailer. Elaina is the joy of the family. Perfect in every way [...]
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The Wanderers

Who: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
Port: Portage, Michigan

Sailing Route

Aldarion was the Heir to the King of NĂºmenor. He was a great captain and adventurer, to the dismay of his father, who wished his son to spend his youth on the island he would one day rule. Aldarion, though, felt the call of the sea, and he built himself a vast ship, larger than any that had been seen at that time. He called it PALARRAN, an Elvish name meaning 'Far-Wanderer', and in it he journeyed the Great Sea to Middle-Earth. JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Not All Who Wander Are Lost