Sailing Ithaka

"May your road be long and full of adventure" - C.P. Cavafy

Porto Santo, Madeira, and Lanzarote

Many sailors go directly from Portugal to the Canary Islands, making the 700 mile passage all at one time. Neither Kitty, Alden, or I had ever been to Madeira though... and it wasn't that far out of the way...and we had heard great things about it ... so...

We Are Ready for Madeira; Is Madeira Ready for Us?

We came to Lagos Sunday late afternoon September 19th, sad to say goodbye to Maggie and Bill and gearing up to go offshore to Madeira. We had new crew (our NJ sailing buddy Alden) arriving on Sunday the 26th, with the plan to look for a weather window (I...

Colorado comes to the Algarve

Our buddies Maggie and Bill Rose were the next crew to navigate international travel rules and join us aboard Ithaka. We were super happy to see them, and they gave us a great excuse to tour our favorite spots along the Algarve coast one last time before we...

Cadiz, and back to Vilamoura

We had a wonderful few days exploring the old town of Cadiz. Some highlights:

Narrow cobblestone streets lined...

Crossing Borders

We have spent the last few days exploring Rio Guadiana, with Portugal to the West and Spain to the East, different time zones, marinas and castles, different foods, different SIM cards, and one bridge to navigate under. We had heard that travel up the river...

(Sailing) Life of Brian

Kitty's brother Brian joined us in Lagos for a 5 day tour of duty aboard Ithaka, the latest crewmember to brave international travel in the time of covid.

Day 1- Brian arrives in Lagos. Kitty made reservations online at a great local...

Alpine Start

It will be an early start tomorrow morning. We are heading east from Lagos to Tavira, only about 60 miles but the entrance to the Tavira harbor is supposed to be tricky. The pilot guide says "it would be prudent to assume that some silting has taken...

Exploring the Algarve

It was tough saying goodbye to our ARC rally pals after spending the last 3 weeks traveling together. Each boat has it's own upcoming adventure and challenges. Simon, MIke, and Mauritz in Gertha V had to abort their passage to the Canaries due to a rudder...

An End and a New Passage

We are in the marina in Lagos, Portugal on the Algarve, with very warm days, cool nights, long sandy beaches, and quite windy afternoons and evenings having completed the ARC Portugal rally and said our official goodbyes. For the 3 ½ weeks of the rally, we...

Down the Portuguese Coast - Peniche and Oeiras

I have been reflecting on the differences between sailing along the coast of Portugal and Britain. The UK was all about tides, currents, and precise timing. Our notebook was filled with calculations of when locks could be entered or tidal gates avoided,...