Koinonia Sailing

Vessel Name: Koinonia II
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter Marine 41DS
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, Florida
04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona
09 May 2013 | Many islands
10 April 2013
05 March 2013 | Nanny Cay - The Boat Yard
28 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda, Salt Island, and Peter Island
27 February 2013 | Virgin Gorda BVI
26 February 2013
15 February 2013
10 February 2013
26 January 2013 | Caribbean
21 January 2013
12 January 2013
Recent Blog Posts
05 May 2014

Koinonia II has new owners

Well I guess it wasi bound to happen Koinonia II has found some new owners...

04 June 2013 | Jacksonville, Florida

Home Again

Linda and I were planning to depart Nassau first thing Sunday morning June 2 with the option to spend the night in a Berry island anchorage or continue on to the West End of Grand Bahama island before crossing to Florida. However, the weather update Saturday morning showed a weather window that was [...]

17 May 2013 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas

Linda returns to crew in Bahamas

With Koinonia anchored off of Stocking island, one mile from the dinghy dock in Victoria Lake, Geoegetown, and the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots, I headed to the airport to meet Linda upon her arrival back to Koinonia after a month of shore leave!

15 May 2013 | Yuma, Arizona

Email from Charlene and Jerry Holland

Dear Friends,

09 May 2013 | Many islands

Quick Update synopsis

How many islands are there in the world? Of course, the answer would depend on your definition of an island, but one source estimates over 180,000 islands. Now I have seen many islands, but no where near that amount, however, I can believe that estimate!

20 April 2013

My Virgin island perspective

The Virgin Islands is a collection of islands owned by the US and the British. Additionally, there are also the Spanish Virgin Islands as part of the US territory of Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands can be thought of as a string of islands that run east to west with the Sir Francis Drake channel running [...]

Paxos and Levkas, Greece

16 May 2012 | Paxos, Greece
Paxos and Levkas Greece

The conditions were perfect for a beautiful sail to Paxos. At one point we were sailing at eight knots. The threat of rain ahead in the distance faded as we got closer to the island. Don and I anchored on the back part of the island. The water was deep and the bottom was rocky, which are less than ideal conditions for a secure anchorage. After the usual sanity checks for ensuring the anchor was holding, we decided the holding was good enough for us to make a quick dinghy run into town to check in with the port captain. We went through the exercise of lowering the dinghy from the forward deck and into the water, got the dinghy engine mounted, and headed into town. However, the port captain's office was closed. Before returning to the boat, we walked along the waterfront and chatted briefly with other sailors who were docked at the quay. With available space at the quay, we decided we would bring the boat around and dock there for the night.

Another dinghy ride we were back in the anchorage to find the wind had increased, shifted from another direction, and Koinonia II was slowly leaving without us. We got on board and found that she was in 125 feet of water, which meant the anchor was not holding, but still touching bottom enough to slow her attempt to relocate. She was heading in the direction of much deeper water where the anchor would no longer be on the bottom. It was a good thing we returned to the boat when we did.

We enjoyed being on the quay that evening, which was in the heart of the town's activity. Our stern faced a line of shops and outdoor eateries. We shopped at the market and enjoyed conversations with fellow sailors along the quay. I inquired about a self service laundry facility and was informed that the owner of one of the restaurants had a washing machine and would permit us to wash our clothes for five Euros. With a backpack of laundry, we went to the eatery where we were able to wash our clothes and have a delicious dinner. Apparently this combination of eating and washing clothes was not that unheard of here. We were grateful to have been able to do both, especially the laundry.

The weather forecast called for high winds for a two day stretch. The next morning, we left the charming island for the protection of an anchorage further south. This passage took us through Lefkas Canal which had a swing bridge. After a three hour sail, we arrived fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled opening. We were joined by several other sailboats, queued in the small channel awaiting the opening. Each captain took care in the narrow area to avoid all of the other boats and the shallows which flanked the channel. At the top of the hour, a small section of each end of the bridge raised freeing the bridge from the roadway. Then the entire bridge structure swung away to one side of the channel, allowing all of the boat traffic to pass. It was quite an impressive site.

We arrived at our next anchorage off Levkas island, where we waited two days for the rain and high winds to stop. We were on the boat for the duration of that anchorage. The opportunity for a shore excursion would have to wait until the next anchorage.
Koinonia II's Photos - Main
Recent pictures of Koinonia II, a Hunter 41 Deck Salon, as she is outfitted and ready for you to start cruising the Caribbean immediately!
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Created 29 August 2013
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Created 14 August 2013
Linda's Mom Joins the Crew
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Created 25 April 2013
Pete and Debbie Join the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Olivia Joins the Crew
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Created 24 April 2013
Victoria and Trey Join the Crew
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Created 11 April 2013
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Created 31 March 2013
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Created 13 March 2013
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Created 6 March 2013
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Created 4 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 3 March 2013
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Created 2 March 2013
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Created 1 March 2013
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Created 13 February 2013
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Created 2 February 2013
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Created 24 January 2013
Pictures from St. Lucia
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Created 16 January 2013
Pictures from the crew of Koinonia II (Captain Don, Doug Rosen, and Charlie Para) 26 days at sea starting from the Canary Islands to our first Caribbean landfall in Barbados.
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Created 4 January 2013
Pictures of Don and Linda cruising through southern Italy, circumnavigating Sicily, and through the Aeolian Islands and on to Rome.
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Created 30 August 2012
Pictures from Don, Linda, Patty Chambers, and Mike and Debbie Lindell cruising from Athens through the Corinth Canal, the Gulf of Corinth, the Gulf of Patras, and the Greek Ionian islands.
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Created 26 August 2012
Pictures of Don, Linda, Victoria and Emily Jones cruising through the Cyclades in the Aegean sea.
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Created 8 August 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda cruising through the Ionian islands of Greece, the Gulf of Patras, Gulf of Corinth, and the Corinth Canal on the way to Athens where we were joined by Rick and Sandy Elbracht. From there we cruised the Aegean sea all the way to Turkey and back including many of the Greek islands.
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Created 30 July 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda visiting the Greek Island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf
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Created 11 June 2012
Pictures of Koinonia II traversing west to east towards Athens through the 3 mile long Corinth Canal
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Created 10 June 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda's shore excursion to Delphi by bus from Galaxidi
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing from Ithaca to Galaxidhi through the Gulf of Patras and the Gulf of Corinth
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda sailing to and cruising around Ithaca Greece
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Created 26 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don's visits to the islands of Paxos and Levkas and through the Lefkas Canal.
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Created 22 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda in Cavtat, Croatia, our port of exit from Croatia.
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda touring Corfu Greece
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Created 14 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's cruise through the beautiful Gulf of Kotor, Montenegro.
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Created 13 May 2012
Pictures from Don and Linda's visit to this very special and historical town.
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Created 6 May 2012
Pictures of Linda and Don cruising through the Croatian Islands and Mainland
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Created 3 May 2012
Pictures of Don and Linda returning to Zadar (Sukosan Marina Dalmajia) and Koinonia II which suffered through the cold European winter on the hard.
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Created 1 May 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Zagreb Croatia.
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Created 25 April 2012
Pictures from Linda and Don touring Paris in April 2012
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Created 25 April 2012
Pictures of family land touring around Italy.
11 Photos
Created 28 March 2012
Pictures of the Gilbert family in Croatia
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Created 20 March 2012
Pictures from Don, Charlie, and Scott cruising around Croatia mainland and its islands. See sub-Albums.
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Created 19 August 2011
Pictures from our 4 days in Montenegro which includes the towns of Tivat, Kotor, Budva and touring around in a rental car.
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Created 14 August 2011
Pictures from a very small resort town on the heal of Italy.
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Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around the port town of Crotone, the old Fort, and the archeological museum.
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Created 10 August 2011
Pictures from around Sicily including Palermo
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Created 28 July 2011
Pictures of our train ride through the country side of Sardegna.
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Created 28 July 2011
Check out the photos in the Sub-Albums.
5 Sub-Albums
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures from the Spanish Enclave town of Cueta in North Africa. This town had lots of interesting architecture, statues, history and was very lively late at night.
20 Photos
Created 15 July 2011
Pictures of completing our Atlantic crossing and our stay in Gibraltor and our tour of the top of the Rock.
27 Photos
Created 12 July 2011
The second leg from Bermuda to the Azores and the Islands of the Azores
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Created 13 June 2011
The first leg from Jacksonville to Bermuda and the Island of Bermuda
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Created 13 June 2011
Koinonia II
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Created 6 March 2011