Cruising to Greece and back.

S/Y Tobin Bronze sailed from the Villaine River in Brittany in 2009 and reached Greece in Oct 2011. We spent 7 years cruising around the Aegean. TB is in Malta for the 2018-19 winter on the way back to Bristol.

Vessel Name: Tobin Bronze
Vessel Make/Model: 35ft cold moulded plywood sloop
Hailing Port: Bristol
Crew: Peter and Judy Ward
About:
Launched in 1985. After one year sailing in the Bristol Channel, TB has been sailed for 17,700 plus miles by Peter, Judy, Charlotte, Ben and Sofie - firstly based in Dartmouth and then in South Brittany. [...]
27 November 2018
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18 November 2017
03 July 2016 | Agmar Marine Boatyard. Partheni, Island of Leros
30 October 2015
01 October 2014 | Kilada to Orei
25 November 2013
19 July 2013
26 June 2013 | Koilada
01 December 2012
01 November 2012 | Koilada
29 September 2011
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27 November 2018

2018 Autumn. Leros to Malta

Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Autumn 2018. This image taken from Tobin Bronze as we entered the Grand Harbour, Valetta.

30 June 2018

Spring 2018

Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Spring 2018. This image of the Chora is from Skala harbour on Astipalia.

18 November 2017

Autumn 2017

Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Autumm 2017. This image was taken at sunset as we were approaching the island of Mykinos.

21 June 2017

Dodecanese Islands - Spring 2017

Judy and I arrived back at Leros airport at 08:15hrs on Wed 10 May 2017. We had a three and a half hour wait at Athens for the small commuter plane to Leros. A long wait but we enjoyed the views of various islands on the one hour flight to Leros. The boatyard had arranged for a hire car to be waiting [...]

03 July 2016 | Agmar Marine Boatyard. Partheni, Island of Leros

Orei to Leros, Summer 2016

Judy and I returned to Greece on 17 April 2016. Sofie and one year old Edith met up with us at Heathrow and we flew off together. We picked up a hire car at Athens airport and drove to Orei on Evia Island, crossing on the Arkitsas to Edipsos ferry.

2018 Autumn. Leros to Malta

27 November 2018
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Autumn 2018: Leros to Malta.

Chartlet Leros to Malta.
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For possibly the last time, Judy and I returned to Leros in Greece, departing from Chapel Plaister on Thursday30 August 2018. Leros is not a particularly large island (about 20 sq.miles) and a permanent population of around 8000 people. It has not been heavily infested by tourism as has happened to places like Kos and Mykonos. It has a very Greek atmosphere and the locals are friendly, honest and welcoming. We have kept the boat there since June 2016 and greatly enjoyed the island and the surrounding Dodecanese Island group.

We were returning to launch Tobin Bronze back into the water and start the return voyage, which will eventually bring TB back to Bristol. We took the usual route - train to Gatwick, Easyjet to Kos, overnight in Mastihari, small ferry to Kalymnos and the fast Seacat to Agia Marina on Leros. After a quick lunch in Agia Marina, the taxi dropped us off at Agmar Marine by the airport at Partheni just after 14:00hrs.

That evening we went across the island to Nicos taverna at Alinda and enjoyed a meal of fresh fish. The taverna is right on the water's edge with a view across the bay of Agia Marina and the Kastro on the hill behind it.

Next morning, Kevin and Lesley arrived on the flight from Athens at 10:30. Tobin Bronze was already on its way to the slip on the boat transporter when they arrived. As the boat was lowed into the water, as usual I checked all the skin fittings for any leaks. I wasn't pleased to see that there was a slight leak at the toilet inlet skin fitting. Rather optimistically, I thought I would give it half a turn to tighten it. Big mistake! The nut twisted off. I quickly found a spare bolt but could not fit it as the fitting was under the sling supporting the boat. There was no other option but to take TB back into the yard and support it in it's cradle.

Unfortunately, this was Saturday morning and the boat launch crew finished at mid-day. So we were not going anywhere until Monday.

We hired a car for a couple of days and rented two apartments in Artemis Apartments in Alinda.

P&J at Alinda!Tourists ashore.
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On Sunday morning it did not take me long to remove and re-bed the sea water inlet in high strength mastic and install four new stainless steel bolts. The other three bronze bolts also sheared as I was removing them. The rest of the day was spent lazing around Alinda - no great hardship.

I was at the yard bright and early Monday morning but we were at the end of the queue for launching. However we were in the water by 13:15hrs and with everyone on board, we set course for Levitha. For the first couple of hours, we had a great sail but then the wind veered to the north west and threw up a lumpy sea on the beam. Most uncomfortable. Lesley became very sea-sick and unfortunately took refuge in the forecastle - the worst place for a sea-sick person. By the time we got to Levitha at 17:30hrs, she was really suffering.

All the moorings were occupied and we made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to anchor outside the moorings area but it was very poor holding and quite windy. The alternative anchorage was down at the other end of the bay to the west. There was much better shelter there.

I used a trick from the offshore oil industry and piggy-backed the spare Bruce anchor to the Fortress main anchor and let out all the chain. With this lot out, we weren't going to drag!

Next morning, Lesley was much improved but still not 100%. During the early hours, the wind picked up to around 30kts for a couple of hours but by mid-morning was down to 10 - 12 knots. We decided to stay at Levitha for another day to give the sea state time to moderate and to give us the opportunity to go up to the farmhouse for dinner that night.

Levitha anchorage.
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We set sail from the island at 08:30hrs next morning and motored west towards the Nisos Koufonisia, passing to the south of Kinaros and the north of Amorgos. At Koufonisia Marina, the attendant passed lazy lines to us and there was water and electricity on the quay. There were quite a few tourists around but is a nice town. We took advantage of the plentiful supply of good fresh water to fill both tanks and to give TB a good wash down.

At 11:30hrs, next morning, Thursday 6 Sept., we set sail from Koufonisia in 16 kts of wind from the NNE. We had a nice run under genoa alone south of Kati Koufonisia, around the north end of Nisos Skhinousa and south down the west coast. The wind dropped at 12:45hrs and we motored into the small port of Mirsini. There was a bit of a cross wind which made going astern difficult and almost impossible for Tobin Bronze who wont't go astern in a straight line if there is a cross wind. We ended up going bows to the quay to make life easier for ourselves.

Mirsini Bay.
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The merit of this decision was illustrated an hour or so later when a Serbian charter was trying to moor. To say they stuffed it up would be an understatement! The skipper didn't have a clue on how to manoeuvre and caused havoc for 30 minutes or so. Great entertainment - except that they pulled up our anchor at one stage and we had to go out and re-set it.

We got chatting to a young Greek guy who was skippering a charter RIB, moored next to us. He called a local garage who then delivered a couple of camping gas bottles down to the quay for us. He also advised us on some pleasant anchorages in the surrounding islands. Mirsini bay is a very unspoilt and is used as a port for the Chora which is a kilometre or so up the hill. It only gets busy when the ferry calls in.

On Friday morning, Judy, Kevin and Lesley went for a stroll up the hill to the Chora while the skipper did some maintenance. While TB had been out of the water, some wasps or some other insects had taken up residence in the sea water hose to the sink. They made a very effective plug, which kept blocking the pump. Eventually, it was all cleaned out.

Chora view from bar.
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We departed the harbour at 11:00hrs and motored on a flat sea around the south coast of Nisos Irakalia to a bay near Avelonisa Pt at the SW tip of Irakalia. We anchored in about 6 metres of water at 12:30hrs for a lunch stop. It was a beautiful deserted bay with a nice beach. The Greek guy from Mirsini had told us about the wreck of a WW2 fighter plane which was lying in about 8 metres of water. We snorkled over and could see it and its twin cockpits quite clearly. The crew (from Tobin Bronze) also enjoyed a pleasant swim ashore to the beach. I would imagine that the crew from the fighter plane would have been quite relieved as well to swim ashore! You cannot help wondering what happened to them.

Lunch stop. Irakalia.
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Crew returning from beach.
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After a couple of hours, we picked up the anchor and continued motoring north around the island of Ios and into Skala Sikinos on the east side of Nisos Sikinos. This was another small port mainly used as a staging point for ferries. We anchored and then rowed a line ashore to the north side. Although well protected to the north, the anchorage is open to the south and the east. Even after a couple of days of light northerly winds, the residual swell swept around the island and caused the boat to roll a bit during the night.

Taking mooring line ashore.
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Saturday 8 Sept. After a leisurely breakfast, we set off at 08:30hrs, passing to the north of Folegandros to Nisos Poliagos, near Milos. We anchored for lunch in the protected bay inside the island of Manolonisi. This was a bay of crystal clear water, clean white sandstone and sandy beaches. As it was a Saturday and the bay is located not far from Milos, there we a dozen or so motor boats anchored in the bay but there was plenty of room for everyone. This was another spot recommended by our friend from Mirsini.

We stayed anchored until 16:00hrs when we moved a few miles across the strait to Port Psathi on Nisos Kinolos. We went alongside the nice convenient spot just inside the south breakwater. In the evening, we walked up the Chora and enjoyed a few beers (and on ouzo or two) while taking in the great view from the balcony of the taverna.

Berth in Psathi harbour, Kinolos.
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We had dinner back on board. Pasthi is a busy port with ferries of all sizes coming and going.

We cast off fom Psathi at 10:45hrs next morning and then had an excellent sail in 15kts of wind to Adhamas on Nisos Milos. The bay in Milos is surrounded almost entirely by land and was formed from the crater of an extinct volcano. It is a busy place. The marina is a popular place with water, fuel and electricity available but there are no toilets and showers. For the price of a cup of coffee or an icecream, we used the toilets in the Cafes across the road.

Adhamas Marina, Milos.
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We had sailed 145Nm from Leros and visited eight islands.

As one does in Milos, we made the pilgrimage in the evening up to the Chora to admire the sunset. However to get a good vantage point in any of the bars or tavernas, you would need to get there earlier than we did. It was very busy with loads of tourists but definitely worth it. We gad an enjoyable meal in one of the tavernas there. We took a taxi up and the bus back down.

Sunset from Chora, Milos.
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Sunset Milos.
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Monday 10 Sept was the last full day for the crew; so we caught the bus across to the SE side of Milos to the beach. A swim, a bit of tanning in the sun, lunch in the taverna, a bit more tanning (sleeping) on the beach made for a relaxing day.

Milos beach.
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That evening we strolled east around the bay away from the main town to where there are some very good tavernas on the water's edge. It was a very pleasant evening.

Judy, Kevin and Lesley caught the Seacats fast ferry to Pireaus at 10:55hrs on Tuesday morning. An hour late, David and Roger arrived on another ferry from Athens after travelling overnight from London.

I had originally planned not to leave for a day or two to give them a chance to catch up on lost sleep. However the weather forecast for the next week or so was ominous with strong winds developing on Wednesday and continuing for several days. Cape Maleas was 65 Nm away and that famous cape has a reputation worthy of its name. We decided it would be best to be around Cape Maleas, out of the Aegean and into the Kithera Strait before the strong winds arrived.

As it turned out, it was a good thing we did leave straight away. There were very strong northerly winds all over the Aegean, starting the next day and continuing for nearly a week.

We did a quick shop for provisions and prepared the boat for a night passage. We dropped the No.1 genoa and replaced with the smaller No.2. It was very helpful having a couple of experienced crew who are familiar with Tobin Bronze.

We cast off at 17:50hrs and motored out of the bay. An hour later we passed Vani Pt on NW Milos in no wind and a flat sea. There was practically no wind until after mid-night when we were able to let out the genoa and motor sail. It was a pleasant evening, with the odd sailboat around and a steady steam of shipping heading to and from Cape Maleas but all a considerable distance away to the west.

After mid-night we were able to watch a fairly active thunderstorm to the west over the Peleponnese. It appeared to be slowly tracking south towards Cape Maleas and we watched its path with a high level of interest. At 02:00hrs we were 17Nm, bearing 247deg to Cape Maleas way point and heading on a convergence with the storm.

At 03:20hrs, we sailed into the storm. One minute the wind was 15 kts on the starboard beam and the next it was gusting to 40kts. The wind and waves hit with a crash that shook the boat. We probably set a time record in reducing the genoa to about 50%. It was certainly noisy!

Fortunately, we could still sail our course and sail pretty quickly as well. One thing that was quite noteworthy was that even though plenty of sea water was coming over the boat, the water felt quite warm. The wind stayed at 30 - 35kts for the next hour before slowly coming down.

By 04:45hrs, we were past the WP at Cape Maleas in the lee of the land and the wind was down to 15kts. There was a constant stream of shipping both east going and west going past Cape Maleas but we were able to stay inshore and out of their way. Tranquillity restored and the off duty sailors getting in some serious zzzs.

A couple of hours later we dropped the anchor in 4.0m of water off the beach in beautiful Elfanosis Bay.

Elfanosis Bay, Southern Peleponnese.
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We had sailed 79.4Nm from Milos. After a relaxing morning and a pleasant lunch, we sailed off at 12:30hrs to Porto Kayio on the SE corner of the Mani Peninsular. This enclosed bay has a small settlement of no more that 20 buildings, including a couple of tavernas right on the beach.

Porto Kayio, Mani Peninsular.
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After a run ashore in the evening, next day we visited the Dyros Caves on the other side of the Mani before having a slog into the wind to the anchorage at Koroni. David was extremely pleased to find a Turkish barber in the town, who gave him a shave for a few Euros. The other two scruffs in the crew were more interested in finding a taverna for a couple of beers and a meal.

The next morning, Friday 14 Sept, was overcast but without any wind. By 09:45, we were motoring south towards Ak Akritas and then north west towards Methoni. It was only a few miles and within three hours we were anchored off the ancient fort at Methoni. Homer mentioned Methoni as being "rich in vines" and the Venetians built a walled fort to guard their important shipping routes round the Peleponnese and into the Aegean. From the fort, it is easy to imaging how important it must have been over the centuries.

Venetian Fort, Methoni.
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We needed to top up the diesel in preparation for the extended trip to Malta. Roger and David went off with the fuel can to the garage a kilometre or so out of town. A kind Greek guy took pity on these two old codgers struggling along the road. He picked them up in his car, took them to the garage and then brought them back to the dinghy on the beach.

We had a very good meal at a family run taverna in the village. David was proving very useful by using his extensive experience in Greece by sniffing out good tavernas and watering holes. It's a talent!

We thought we would leave Greece in style by picking up the anchor under sail at mid day and sailing out of the anchorage. But the wind didn't last long and we were soon motor sailing. So we set our course of 260 deg, 350Nm to Malta. We dropped the no.2 genoa and hoisted the no.1 but still had to motor sail all afternoon and into the evening.

Onboard dining.
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At 21:30hrs, the engine alarm sounded and caused a bit of consternation in the crew. Fortunately, it was only because the fan belt had broken. This was quickly replaced. By this time there was a bit of wind around and under full main and no.1 genoa, we were able to make 5.5kts on the required course for the next 12 hours. It was pleasant sailing.

Sunrise at sea.
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At 09:30hrs Sunday morning, the apparent wind was below 9 knots and it was back to motoring. Twelve hours later, we passed the half way point with 175Nm left to run. During the afternoon, we encountered a few dolphins and turtles, which broke the monotony.

That evening, we motored through the big ship anchorage 20 miles offshore to the east of Malta. As we were not expecting this, it was confusing at first and felt almost strange to find over 50 ships anchored out of sight of land. At mid-night, we called Valetta Port Control on the VHF to report our arrival 10Nm from Valetta break-water.

At 01:40hrs Greek time (00:40hrs Malta time), we dropped anchor in Rinella Creek, to the south just inside Valetta harbour. After a relaxing cold beer, we all turned in for some peaceful sleep. In the morning, we had a sight seeing cruise around Valetta harbour, enjoying the hustle and the bustle. It is a busy place. We then made our way into Kalkara Marina when the attendants helped us to berth stern. End of voyage.

Grand Harbour, Valetta.
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For the year we had sailed 850Nm in total.
Early summer - 186Nm
Leros - Milos 145Nm
Milos - Methoni 169Nm
Methoni - Malta 350Nm

David and Roger went sight-seeing for a couple of days before leaving at 07:30hrs on Friday 21 Sept. I carried on with the usual repairs and maintenance before lifting out into the yard on Monday morning and flying back to London on Tuesday morning.

Spring 2018

30 June 2018
Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Spring 2018. This image of the Chora is from Skala harbour on Astipalia.

I flew back to Greece with Aegean Airways on Tuesday 22 May 2018, travelling overnight before arriving at Leros and getting onboard in the boat yard by 11:15hrs next morning. Tobin Bronze had a thick cover of red Sahara dust all over the deck. But that was easily washed off. The boat covers also benefited from a good scrub down.

As I was on my own, I lived on board in the boat yard and over the next few days carried out various maintenance jobs -
modifying the passerelle,
repairing a leak in the sink where the wood had shrunk,
install new air filter on engine,
"polished" the diesel in the fuel tank (no sign of diesel bug - thank God!),
collected the auto-pilot which had been repaired by the yard,
painted 1 coat Hempel hard racing anti-fouling on the boot-top.

On Saturday morning (26 May), we were lifted back into the water by 11:30hrs and moored to one the Agmar's buoys just off the slip. It was very hot in the sun rigging up the main and genoa and by 14:45hrs I was ready to sail down to Lakki town. As I sailed out of the bay, I passed the family from Archangelos Island and we exchanged greetings.

Using genoa alone, I had a leisurely sail south along the coast, doing 6.2 knots on a beam reach. I had the sea to myself as there was not another sail in sight. By 16:30 I was moored bow to on the quay at Lakki Marina.

It was hot and sunny in Lakki and pretty quiet in the town. More maintenance next day, replacing the shaft seals in both pumps on the Baby Blake toilet. Great fun!

On Monday morning, I topped up the fuel tank and the water tanks. I also replaced the filter in the potable water pump. I wandered off to the Port Police to have the Dekpa form authorised. Bad luck; bank holiday. "Come back tomorrow."

So next morning, back to the Port Police. Even though the Dekpa was 10 days past its expiry date, the letter from Agmar Marine confirming that TB had been out of the water during the winter worked and it was signed without comment. I also think that the Leros Port Police have more important things to worry about with the island being so close to Turkey. Every evening, one of their boats goes out on patrol and doesn't come back till next morning.

So by 09:30hrs, with the boat all provisioned (and legal!), I cast off and sailed the 20 or so miles south to Kalymnos town. It was a nice run in 20 knots of wind and a calm sea with even a visit from some dolphins to cheer me along. By 13:00, I was secured bow-to on the quay in Kalymnos. Mooring fees were 17.50E for 2 nights plus 5.00E for electricity.

In the evening, I took the 20:00hrs ferry from Kalymnos across to Mastihari on the island of Kos. This is a small resort and port on the north coast of Kos only 15 minutes by taxi from Kos airport. Judy was flying from Gatwick airport with Yo and Bruce. Their plane had been delayed by bad weather in London and it was uncertain if they would make the ferry in time. Their plane was an hour forty five minutes late in the end but the skipper of the ferry delayed his departure until 23:40hrs when they arrived at the port. Typically Greek!

30 May 2018. Wednesday. The day spent in Kalymnos, getting the crew settled in and stocking up on provisions. Kalymnos harbour has no facilities for yotties but the owners of the taverna towards the east end of the quay have a shower and toilets which they allowed us to use. Of course, we went there in the evening and the food was good as well. Kalymnos is a busy harbour and has a bustling atmosphere.

The weather now presented us with a bit of a dilemma. The wind was forecast to pick up to quite strong northerlies over the next few days. If we didn't leave immediately Thursday morning, we would be stuck in Kalymnos for at least 3 or 4 days. Much as I like the town, I didn't fancy staying that long, so we opted to make a run for Astipalia, 42Nm away to the SW.

It turned out to be a bit of a rough trip, with the wind gradually increasing to over 25 knots. The worst part though was the short steep waves which made the trip pretty uncomfortable. And wet! The only good thing about the weather was that it allowed for a fast trip. We averaged 6.5 knots for the passage. By 15:45hrs we were in the lee of the Astipaloa and life was improving. It was a bit of a harsh introduction for the crew, being out in such weather on their first excursion in 2018.

Their general outlook on life improved as we sailed into Ormos Maltezana and were assisted in mooring by some fishermen who were working on the quay. It is a lovely bay with friendly locals. The welcoming taverna less than 100 metres away also helped.

Crew relaxing on Astipalia!The crew glad to be ashore.
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Maltezana Bay. View from taverna with TB alongside quay.Maltezana Bay. View from taverna. TB alongside quay.
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Next day, Friday 01 June, brought the strong winds forecast with gusts of 30 knots. The quay was well sheltered in the lee of the Astipalia and we were in no hurry to go anywhere. We spent the next three days taking it easy and exploring the island. Very enjoyable.

Skala harbour from the ChoraSkala harbour from the Chora
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On Tuesday, we motored north to Levitha in a calm sea and no wind. This is one of our favourite places. By 14:45hrs, we were one of only four yachts in the bay but by 20:00hrs all 14 moorings were occupied. In the evening, we made our usual pilgrimage to the farmhouse to taste the fresh local produce.

Next morning there was thick fog in the vicinity of Levitha but it gradually cleared away as we made our way to Lakki on Leros. It was hot and sunny next day, Thursday 07 June when Yo and Bruce left to the resort of Panteli to continue their holiday on the island.

Over the next few days, Jude and I visited Archangelos Island, Lipsi and Plakouti Bay, Leros before making our way on Monday morning to the anchorage off Alinda on the NE side of Leros.

Around 15:00hrs, Sofie, Tom and Edith arrived at Agia Marina on the ferry from Kos via Kalymnos.

Ferry from Kos and Kalymnos arriving at Agia Marina.Ferry from Kos and Kalymnos arriving at Agia Marina.
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Arrival of the Martins.Arrival of Edith on Leros.
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They were booked into the Alinda Hotel which is right on the beach on the other side of the bay. We helped them settle in and that evening we all dined on the hotel terrace across the road from the beach.

Where is the beach..Edith getting prepared for the beach.
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During the early part of the evening, we watched a storm develop out to sea to the south. It eventually brought a bit of wind, a bit of rain and lots of lightning into the bay. The boat rolled around on the small waves from the storm for a few hours and then everything settles down with a steady10 - 15kt wind off the land.

Sofie and Tom stayed for a week. During that time, we stayed mostly at anchor at Alinda but spent one night with everyone on board anchored at Archangelos Island. Edith had a great time, taking up residence on the settee berth in exactly the same way as her mother used to do when she was a 3YO.

Edith in settee Edith in her bunk onboard.
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Sofie through port-holeEdith's mother - taken a few years earlier!
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On Monday, 18 June, Sofie & family took the ferry back to Kos to fly home while Judy & I had Tobin Bronze lifted out of the water at Agmar Marine. We logged 175Nm in the 4 weeks we had been onboard.

Next morning, we flew back to Heathrow via Athens with Aegean Airways


Autumn 2017

18 November 2017
Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Autumm 2017. This image was taken at sunset as we were approaching the island of Mykinos.

August 31st was departure date for me to return to Greece. I needed a break after surviving all the preparations and festivities for Sofie's wedding celebrations. It was more economical to fly with Easyjet direct to Kos, spend a night there and then catch the Fast Cat ferry to Leros. This also avoided a 6 hour wait at Athens Airport. Arriving late (23:30hrs) into Kos presents a problem in getting down to Kos harbour as the buses have all finished. Even with sharing a taxi it still cost me 30Euros.

Veroniki Hotel was cheap and cheerful and less than 100m from the harbour. Evidence of earthquake damage is still obvious around the harbour but after talking to some of the locals, it is a wonder that more people were not injured.

Hotel near Kos Harbour. From balcony of hotel near Kos Harbour.
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Earthquake damage around harbour. Earthquake damage around harbour.
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The Fast Cat ferry to Kalymnos and Leros departed at 11:00 and took only 90 minutes to get to Agia Marina on Leros. After a quick lunch in Agia Marine and a short taxi ride, I was on-board TB in the yard by 15:00hrs.

It was obvious that there had been little, if any, rain as the boat was covered in dust and the bilges were dry.

Over the next three days, I carried out some maintenance; painting and varnishing the coach-house and also repairing some caulking on the decks. The biggest problem was that the house batteries were flat. I had left them connected to the solar panels but one of the wires had worked loose and the batteries self discharged. I re-charged them but they would prove to be totally kaput. The engine starter battery I had installed in May 2016 was fine (it is isolated from the house batteries).

Tuesday 05 Sept. The yard lifted TB back into the water with their usual efficiency, by 09:00. Denis and Norm arrived off the flight from Athens at 11:00 having overnighted there after their trip from Brisbane. In the afternoon, we motored the couple of miles over to the anchorage on Archangelos Island. We anchored in 7 or 8 metres on hard sand in the south of the bay. I swam down and had a look at the anchor and realised that we weren't in the best place. As we had plenty of chain out and as there wasn't much wind, I couldn't be bothered to move,.

We had an excellent meal in the friendly, family run taverna ashore. They always give such a warm welcome.

After mid-night, the wind was a bit gusty; so I paid the price for not re-anchoring earlier. We didn't drag but I lost some sleep from frequently checking our position. One of these days I will learn!

Next morning we had a run under genoa alone south to Lakki town. The wind was 15 to 25 knots and a choppy sea. But we bombed along nicely at 6 knots. Lakki Marine, associated with Agmar Marine, was full and we had to anchor out in the bay. The holding there is not so good - thick weed and kelp. Around lunch time, the anchor dragged while we were ashore having a beer. I left Denis and Norm to enjoy the beer while I went and re-anchored. It turned out to be a bit of a drama with other yotties helping me before we got sorted out. The lads enjoyed their beer anyway!

Thursday 07 Sept 2017. After a bit of shopping in the morning (Cosmote SIM card for 20 Euros, replacement gas bottle), we weighed anchor under sail and had a nice sail down Lakki Bay and across to Levitha Island. This was my third visit to this anchorage in 2017 but this time there were only 2 other boats moored when we arrived at 16:00hrs. Last time, on 12th June, all 12 moorings were taken when we arrived. As usual, we trudged up the track to the farmhouse for dinner.

Over the next week, we mostly motored along in hot calm conditions - visiting Lipsos, Marathos Island, Porto Stretto, Kirikis on south side of Ikaria, Panamos Bay in north of Mykinos and arriving at Paroikia on the island of Paros on Wednesday, 13 Sept.

Port Stretto on Nisos Arki. Port Stretto on Nisos Arki
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Nisos Marathos. Nisos Marathos
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I had ordered 2 new house batteries a few days before and they were delivered by Afos Yacht Services immediately on arrival. They also arranged for an electrician to make some new battery cables and for a fabricator to repair the boarding ladder which had been badly bent by one of my heavy-weight crew.

Paros has a nice atmosphere and is very busy, being a ferry hub for the central Aegean. We had a very good meal ashore in one of the tavernas.

Next morning, we departed Paroikia Harbour at 10:30hrs. The log reads, "Hot, sunny, no wind". As I said earlier, Paros is a transport hub. We saw 8 big ferries in the first 2 hours after leaving the harbour.

After a couple of hours, we rounded the north of Paros and anchored in Ormos Ay Ioannou in 8 metres of water. There is a beach club type complex there for day trippers but it is all very low key and mainly peaceful. In the evening, we took the small passenger ferry 20 minutes down to Nousa town. This is a bustling place with some lovely streets and squares. We did a bit of provision shopping, had a couple of beers and caught the last ferry back at around 20:30hrs to have dinner on board.

Ormos Ay Ioannou, north coast Paros. Anchored in Ormos Ay Ioannou, north coast Paros.
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When we set off next morning, once again there was practically no wind but we encountered a short choppy sea as we motored NE around the top of Naxos. However we soon rounded the island and were heading south along the east coast of the small relatively uninhabited island of Dhenhoussa to the anchorage of Ormos Dhendro. We were one of only 4 boats anchored there. This bay has only a few scattered buildings and 1 taverna.

Ormos Dhendro, Dhenhoussa Island. Ormos Dhendro, Dhenhoussa Island.
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There was a bit of wind around in the vicinity of the island when we left at 09:00 hrs next morning; so we had a run south until we drew clear of the island. But by 11:00 the wind was gone and it was back to the motor.

We dropped anchor at Katapola on Amorgas around lunch time, in 5 metres of water off the beach to the NW of the town quay. That afternoon, we rowed ashore and hired a small car for 24hrs. Armogos is like most of the Greek islands - mountainous and dry. We braved the steep climbs and winding roads and visited the monasatry of the Panayia of the Presentation which occupies a spectacular site clinging off the side of a cliff. It is stiff occupied by the monks. It was very windy on the south side of the island and while walking up the steep steps to the monastery, we felt that we could easily be blown off into the sea.

Monastry on Amorgos. Monastry on Amorgos.
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The next morning we took the car down to the west end of the island, enjoying the unspoilt nature of the land.

After returning the car, we weighed anchor at 14:30hrs and motored for a few hours east along the north side of Amorgos. At 16:30hrs, we anchored off the beach at Ayia Annas. Had the usual run ashore. Drank an ouzo or two and had a meal to go with the wine.

Ouzo time. Ouzo time.
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Tuesday, 19 Sept 2017. As we becoming used to, there was no wind; so we motored across a flat sea to the island of Levitha, know to us as goat island as goats are the main occupiers of the island. We picked up the mooring at the end of the bay and dusk there were 20 yots and 2 fishing boats moored or anchored in the bay.

We managed to actually sail for a few hours next day as we crossed to Emboyios on the NW of Kalymnos Island. We used one of Kaptn Kosta's buoys and had a meal in his taverna on the beach, served by one of his granddaughters.

The next passage to Kos Marina gave us some flukey winds and lumpy seas as we made our way around the NE point of Kos only a few miles from Turkey on the Asian continent. The marina has good facilities and is efficiently run. I picked Judy up in a hire car at Kos airport at 22:00hrs.

Over the next few days we visited Kalymnos town and Vilkida Bay on the south side of Kalymnos Island. The Diving Museum in Vilkida Bay has a large collection of artefacts, old and new, that has been gathered from the sea around the island. Kalymmos traditionally was the centre of the spong diving industry in the Aegean.

Vilkadi Bay. Vilkadi Bay.
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Diving museum, Vilkadi Bay, Kalymnos Island. "There's the channel. Over there."
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Monday 25 Sept. The strong(ish) northerly winds from over the past few days had died away and we headed north back to Alinda on the NW side of Leros. We picked up one of the free moorings in the bay and had dinner ashore at Nicos taverna on the beach. We've found that the food here is better than most.

For Denis's and Norm's last night, we anchored at Archangelos Island and went ashore to the only taverna on the island. It also happens to be the on occupied building on the island! As usual, we were given a warm reception by the family who run it. It is such a beautiful setting.

Wednesday 27 Sept. As Denis and Norm were leaving on the plane to Athens, we dropped them off Agmar Marine quay alongside the airport. Jude and I then anchored in Partheni Bay. We kept dragging the anchor in the thick weed and eventually gave up and secured to an unoccupied mooring buoy. The wind was still blustery from the north; so we were reluctant to go anywhere. Poor Judy was still not feeling particularly well. I carried out some maintenance and winterised the engine.

At 09:00hrs on Saturday, Agmar Marine lifted TB out of the water and into their yard. After installing the covers, we left the yard next morning and caught the ferry to Kalymnos and then onto Mastihari on Kos. We hired a car in Kos and spent Monday visiting Kos Town.

North coast Kos. Kalymnos in background. North coast Kos. Kalymnos in background.
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North coast Kos. Mastihari. North coast Kos. Mastihari in the distance.
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Tuesday 03 October, we left the hire car at 05:00hrs at the airport to be collected. Our Aegean Airways fight left at 06:25 for Athens and then onto Heathrow.

For the summer we had cruised 751Nm and had visited eleven islands.

North coast Kos. Mastihari. Dodecannese and Southern Cyclades isalnd groups..
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Dodecanese Islands - Spring 2017

21 June 2017
Judy and I arrived back at Leros airport at 08:15hrs on Wed 10 May 2017. We had a three and a half hour wait at Athens for the small commuter plane to Leros. A long wait but we enjoyed the views of various islands on the one hour flight to Leros. The boatyard had arranged for a hire car to be waiting for us. But first, we had to take the delivery driver to Alinda to collect something and then on to Lakki town where we dropped him off. We then drove back to Alinda where we were staying!

The Sayara Resort at Alinda was getting ready for the summer season and I suspect that we were one of the first, if not the first, guests of the season. But it is a family run business and they could not have been more friendly or more helpful. There are some nice photos in this year's photo album.

Sayara Resort, Alinda.
Sayara Resort, Alinda..

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We stayed in the Resort for the first three days while I finished various jobs on the boat and moved on-board in the boat yard on Saturday 13th. In the evenings we used the car to visit various places (and tavernas) on the island.

On Monday 15th May, Tobin Bronze was back into the water by 09:20hrs. After tying up to one of the yard's moorings for a couple of hours while we bent on the sails, we motored down to Lakki marina in the town. The weather was lovely and warm - 27deg C in the cabin.

We relaxed around the marina and then in the bay at Partheni for a few days. There were plenty of jobs to do on the boat; so we did do some work. The wind was quite strong at times, gusting in excess of 25knots.

Kevin and Lesley G-J arrived on the flight from Athens at 08:20hrs on Sat 20 May.

Leros Airport.
Leros Airport.

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They were immediately greeted with winds gusting 28kts. As it was too windy to sail anywhere, we took a taxi up to the Kastro, which dominates the island and had an interesting tour of the museum there.

Kastro, Leros.
Kastro, Leros..

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We trudged down all the steps back to sea level and retired to a taverna in Agia Marina for lunch.

Steps to Kastro.
Steps to Kastro..

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We set off from the Agmar Marine quay at Partheni at 09:15hrs next morning, heading north to Lipsos. The harbour there was pretty crowded with sailboats, most of them in a regatta from Kos. However there was still room for us on the quay. Lipsos is a pretty little port and the bakery on the other side of the harbour made some of the best bread we have encountered for a long time.

Lipsos Harbour.
Lipsos Harbour..

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That night we went to a taverna at the end of the quay but it was pretty mediocre.

Monday morning brought some thunder from 04:00hrs and it started raining at 07:00hrs. It didn't rain for long and stopped at 07:30hrs. The wind picked up again and was blowing 17kts from the north at 09:00hrs. As this was directly on the port beam of boats on the quay, the Bavaria 38 to windward of us dragged its anchor and leaned on us. We then dragged our anchor; so everyone decided it was time to leave.

It only took us a couple of hours to sail for a bit and then motor across to Patmos where we went stern to on Skala Quay. The weather was clearing even though the wind was quite fresh. The forecast predicted 30 knot winds but we didn't see anything over 20 knots.

Skala, Patmos.
Skala Patmos..

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The next morning Judy, Kevin and Lesley visited the Monastery of St John, Kevin went for a bike ride, Judy went for a swim and Peter painted the cockpit. It was a toss-up as to who had the most fun! That evening we had a good meal on the veranda of the taverna around the corner towards the town square. It has a great view across the harbour. Kevin spotted Gillian Anderson, the American actress, on one of the other tables and Judy tried busting in on her while she was sitting on the loo. Jude's excuse was that the door latch was broken!

Judy swimming.
Judy swimming in Patmos..

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The next island we visited was Levitha, population 4 people. They farm the island, raise goats, catch their own fish and run the taverna. Guess what is on the menu. Not surprisingly, chicken, goat and fish - all locally produced!

During the five hour trip to Levitha, we tried sailing - even having the spinnaker up for a short while! We arrived in the anchorage to pick up the last available of the twelve moorings there. That evening the four of us enjoyed a meal of freshly caught fish (including wine) for the princely sum of 56 Euros

After leaving the anchorage next morning we motored back to Lakki Marina. We were moored stern to on the quay by 12:00hrs.

War memorial, Lakki.
War memorial, Lakki..

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The next morning we sailed up the coast to Partheni to be near the airport and had a quiet night alongside the quay at Agmar Marine. The flight next morning for Judy, Kevin and Lesley was delayed for 2 hours because of thunderstorms around the Aegean. They were a bit lucky getting back to London as this was the day where BA's computers crashed and fights world wide were delayed or cancelled. They arrived home 3 hours late.

Flight delayed.
Flight delayed..

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For the next 3 days, I remained at anchor in Partheni Bay - working on my maintenance list. One of these days, I will actually reduce this work list!

On Saturday, 31 May, John Q. and Roger E. arrived at 08:45hrs on the flight from Athens. Once onboard, we cast off and motored for about 3 hours to Patmos. No wind, of course. While the lads visited the wonderful monastery of St John the Devine, I provisioned up, found the supermarket who could re-fill the gas bottle and topped up the water tank.

In the late afternoon, we motored out of Skala Harbour and around the corner to the very nice anchorage in Ormos Grikou.

After a peaceful night, we motored south (no wind, again) to the island of Amorgos. While technically in the Cyclades Islands group, Amorgos is one of the chain of islands which link the Cyclades and the Dodecaneses. It is a bit off the beaten track but is a spectacular island with the landscape covered with ancient terraces where it must have been once cultivated.

North east Amorgos.
North east Amorgos..

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We anchored the first night off the small town in Ormos Ayios Annas and the second night off the beach at Katapola which is further west along the coast. Both of these towns are worthy places to visit.

On Sunday 04 June at 08:00hrs, with the church bells ringing, we followed the Small Cyclades Ferry out of the bay and headed east to Levitha Island. Once again - no wind. Auto-pilot on, no other boats around, flat seas, sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Departing from Amorgos.
Departing from Amorgos..

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By mid-afternoon, we had picked up one of the mooring is the sheltered bay at Levitha. This is one of my favourite stopping places. By evening all 12 moorings were occupied but we were still able to enjoy the meal of fresh fish in the taverna at the farm house.

Boats at Levitha.
Boats at Levitha..

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We headed back to Leros the next morning. After stopping for lunch at the only taverna on Archangelos Island, we motored around the north side of Leros and picked up a buoy at Alinda, which is a beautiful bay with panoramic views across the water to Agia Marina and the Kastro on the hill overlooking the town.

Alinda Bay & Agia Marina.
Alinda Bay & Agia Marina..

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It was at 15:20hrs, Tuesday June 6th, when we dropped the mooring at Alinda and motored back around the north of the island to Archangelos Bay. We anchored in 6.0 metres of water in the south side of the bay which really isn't the best place to anchor as it is hard sand. We had a run ashore in the evening to the family run taverna there.

Early next morning we motored for 20 minutes across to the Agmar Marine slip at Partheni. John and Roger were flying back to Athens on the same flight that Judy was arriving on. They waved to each other across the airport.

Jude and I spent a couple of nights on the quay at Lakki Marina waiting for Bob and Tricia to arrive on the fast cat ferry from Rhodos. This ferry puts into Agia Marina; so they hired a taxi from the port.

The weather was pretty windy with strong winds in excess of 25 knots forecast for the next few days. On Saturday, Bob and Tricia caught the ferry to Patmos for a couple of nights. It would have been a slog for us to sail into the northerly wind to get there. They arrived back at lunchtime on Monday. We then sailed the 20 or so miles to Levitha. All the moorings were occupied when we arrived at 17:30hrs but we were able to anchor just outside the moorings.

The next couple of days were spent at Kalymnos town and at Emborios Bay before returning to Archangelos Island on Thursday June 15 to be near the airport. Jude flew out to Athens next morning while we returned to Lakki town.

Bob and Tricia caught the fast cat ferry to Samos on Saturday. I stayed in Lakki on Saturday night before sailing back to Partheni Bay in preparation for lifting out on Monday morning.

I did all sorts of exciting things like changing the engine oil, cleaning the water filter, cleaning the bilges, doing the washing and having the water heater serviced by Agmar Marine.

In 6 weeks, we had sailed 335 miles but had used the engine for 65 hours.

I left the boat on Wednesday 21 June and flew back to Heathrow.

Orei to Leros, Summer 2016

03 July 2016 | Agmar Marine Boatyard. Partheni, Island of Leros
Judy and I returned to Greece on 17 April 2016. Sofie and one year old Edith met up with us at Heathrow and we flew off together. We picked up a hire car at Athens airport and drove to Orei on Evia Island, crossing on the Arkitsas to Edipsos ferry.

The weather was great - around 20 deg every day. Little blond Edith charmed everyone she met and had a great time. I took Sofie and Edith back to Athens airport on the 26th and Ben, Cynthia and Tristan arrived a few days later. Unfortunately, one of their bags didn't but after many phone calls Ben managed to get it delivered to Orei.

My project was to install a replacement engine in Tobin Bronze. The engine was being transported out from the UK by road but unfortunately arrived in Athens on the Thursday before Greek Easter. Everything in Greece shuts down during their Easter and it was the following Thursday before it could be forwarded to Orei. At least, this gave me more time to properly prepare and paint the engine bay.

After sorting out a few engine problems - with help from Dimitrios from the yard - TB was slid into the water on Tuesday 10 May.

Yolande and Bruce joined us for a week, which we spent pottering around in the Gulf of Volos. We ended back at Orei from where Y&B caught the bus back to Athens on the 16th May. We immediately sailed (and motored) across to Skiathos. Brother Denis arrived there at 20:30hrs. Even though he was pretty shattered form his flight from Australia, we took him to our favourite "Mother Maria" tavern to introduce him to some good Greek cooking. A couple of days later it was Judy's turn to depart as we said "Goodbye" to her at Skiathos airport.

After having some difficulty in recovering the fouled anchor, Denis and I sailed back to Orei to pick up the life raft which had been sent to Piraeus for servicing. Because of some bureaucratic bullshit, the life raft had not been serviced but as it was only three years old it would still be functional.

Over the next couple of weeks, we sailed south east across the Aegean visiting many beautiful places - Loutraki on Skopolos, Linaria in Skyros, Psara, Mestra on Chios, Evdhilos on Ikaria, Fourni, the port of Skala and the bay of Ormos Stavros on Patmos, Alinda on the east side of Leros and the main port Lakki, Emborios on NW Kalimnos and then the main harbour on the south of the island. Finally we ended up at the Agmar Marine boatyard at Partheni right next door to the small Leros airstrip.

On 07 June, TB was lifted out of the water and Denis took off for Athens and Istanbul on his way back to Brisbane.

The following day, I departed Leros and flew back to Heathrow. TB had logged 450 Nautical miles from relaunch on 10 May and some 19,579 Nm since launch day.

1916 Summer part 2.

I returned to Leros via Athens on the overnight flight from Heathrow on Sept 6th. The small Athens to Leros plane landed at 07:20 hrs and by 07:30hrs I was on board TB. It is a 200m walk from the airport to the boatyard.

I spent 5 days on board in the boatyard doing the inevitable maintenance - the main job being installing a new fridge unit. The old one died after nearly 30 years!

On the 12th Sept , TB was back in the water by 09:00hrs. After a couple of quiet days at anchor (spent painting, of course), I picked up Roger at the airport at 07:20hrs and we motored down to Lakki. Over the next week, between spells of strong winds, we sailed to the island of Kalimnos and the wonderful island of Levitha and back to Lakki and finally Partheni. The Dodekanes is a beautiful island group. It tends to be pretty windy - quite often too stromg for comfortable sailing. But the people are so welcoming and friendly, being weather bound in port is no hardship!

Roger flew out from the airport at Partheni Wed 21 Sept. I spent a couple of days at anchor before being lifted out on 23 Sept.

I departed fo home on the 25 Sept 2016.
Tobin Bronze's Photos - Main
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Tobin Bronze going out in the 1967 Melbourne Cup.
 
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Leros to Malta. 30 Aug to 25 Sep 2018.
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Created 19 November 2018
22 May to 19 June 2018
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Created 29 July 2018
Sept 2017. Dodecanese Islands
20 Photos
Created 20 October 2017
Dodecanese Islands
23 Photos
Created 24 June 2017
Cruising from Orei. Evia to Leros in the Dodcanese in May, June
18 Photos
Created 30 October 2016
Launch from Orei, sail north to Thessaloniki, around the Khalkidhiki paninsula and Mt Athos to Nea Peramos.
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Created 14 December 2015
22 Photos
Created 15 October 2014
Re-launch in Kilada to Orei, Evia in early July
16 Photos
Created 22 July 2014
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Created 18 May 2014
A late summer cruise to the northern Cyclades
18 Photos
Created 20 January 2014
Cruise to Crete
11 Photos
Created 19 July 2013
Visits to Koilada May & june 2013
11 Photos
Created 9 June 2013
From Kalamata to the Argolic Gulf in July 2012
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Created 12 January 2013
From Messolonghi to Kalamata May 2012
45 Photos
Created 10 January 2013
Italy to Zakinthos and Messolonghi
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Created 24 November 2011
Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli - three of the Aeolian Islands
30 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Sardinia and Sicily Sept 2011
19 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Sailing from Cartagena to Sardinia
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Created 24 November 2011
Sailing TB from Faro to Cartagena in June and July 2011
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Created 9 August 2011
Sailing on John's boat 'Derby Lass'
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Created 6 August 2011
Delivery trip with Woody from Vigo to Lisbon when John Q. met us. Then to Ohao where Judy replaced John for a trip up the Guardina River.
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Created 1 October 2010
June - July in the Rias Baixas, Galicia
26 Photos
Created 8 August 2010
Six days on the "Dunmow Flitch" between Braunston and Market Harborough in April 2010.
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Created 1 June 2010
Lay up for winter in Cangas
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Created 27 October 2009
Newport R.I.,Cuttyhunk Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
48 Photos
Created 17 September 2009
Highlights of the trip from Viveiro to Ria de Vigo.
34 Photos
Created 2 August 2009
Hugh pod of dolphins encountered 10:30hrs 04 June at approx 44º24'N; 006º32'W
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Created 23 June 2009
Between 02 June and 04 June 2009 from La Roche Bernard to Ribadeo in Galicia, Spain
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Created 18 June 2009
Port de Foleux is about 15 miles up the Villaine River, 6 miles upstream from La Roche Bernard
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Created 18 June 2009