Cruising in Greece

Sailing TB from the Villaine River in 2009 and now cruising Greece in 2011.

Vessel Name: Tobin Bronze
Vessel Make/Model: 35ft cold moulded plywood sloop
Hailing Port: Bristol
Crew: Peter and Judy Ward
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. [...]
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
10 September 2011
15 June 2011 | British Columbia, Canada
20 August 2010 | Ria de Vigo
28 October 2009 | Cangas
17 September 2009
Recent Blog Posts
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.

01 October 2014 | Kilada to Orei

Summer 2014

19 July 2013

An Island Too Far.

For the first trip of the summer, I planned a nice little cruise down the west side of the Argolic Gulf, past Cape Maleas to north west Crete and along the coast to Iraklion. We were to meet up with Kevin and Lesley there and then continue the loop back to Koilada via Thira (Santorini) and Milos in the [...]

Sailing in New England

17 September 2009
Many years ago, a Kiwi friend of mine told me that the three best things in life are
a) smoking other peoples' cigarettes
b) swimming in other peoples' swimming pools
c) sailing on other peoples' boats

When another friend has a Pacific Seacraft 40 and invites you to go sailing with his family for a week out of Newport, Rhode Island, you would have to agree with the Kiwi friend on (c) as that is about as good as it is going to get!

Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
"Windaway" Refer:-

Judy and I flew to Boston on Saturday 22 August. Ben and Cynthia met us at the airport and drove us the 70 miles down to Newport in a hire car. We arrived at the New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court, Newport after 19:30hrs just as they fired the evening gun and lowered the Stars and Stripes on the club flagpole. The ceremony was conducted with impressive dignity, showing great respect and patriotism.

The Andersons, Chace, Josie and Eleanor, were there to meet us and treat us to a welcome sundowner on the terrace looking out across Newport Sound.

Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.

We all had dinner in the clubhouse before five of us retired to onboard Windaway while Josie and Eleanor stayed in the Yacht Club for the night. Judy and I were definitely weary by the end of the evening as the early start from Bristol and five hour time difference took its toll.

The next morning was bright and sunny (and humid!). After a sumptuous breakfast in the Yacht Club, Ben and Cynthia were cast ashore to return to Cambridge as Windaway slipped her mooring at 09:30hrs and headed out of Newport Sound. Chace and I should have had sore necks from checking out all the beautiful sailing boats moored around the sound.

Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.

As well as this beautiful John Alden yawl and a giant Belgium schooner, there were Hinkleys, Island Packets and Morris Yachts with hardly a 'plastic fantastic' in sight.

Not much wind was evident as we motor-sailed towards Cuttyhunk Island but an impressive swell was breaking on Cormorant Reef, just to the east of the entrance to Newport Sound.. It certainly made me wonder what it would be like on a bad day.

At 13:55hrs, we anchored up at Cuttyhunk Island and had a run ashore to have a look around. Refer and

Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
That's Windaway anchored in the centre left, out in the bay

After our tour we moved on to Tarpaulin Bay, on the south coast of Naushon Island, opposite Martha's Vineyard. The threat of Hurricane Bill the previous week must have frightened a lot of sailors to stay at home as there was only Windaway, one other sailboat and a motor boat in the large anchorage at Tarpaulin Bay. Tranquillity itself!

Next morning Chace and I explored the bay in the dinghy before weighing the anchor at 09:15hrs.It was another bright sunny day with little wind as we motored in a flat sea across Vineyard Sound to Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard.

Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
The girls enjoying the flat sea.

Edgartown is a beautiful place with moorings in the river.
Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
This is the lower part of the river.

Chace and I visited the small museum in Edgartown, Judy and Josie took in some retail therapy while Eleanor put us all to shame by getting some exercise by going for a run. That evening Chace fired up the bar-b-que and cooked some delicious steaks. This has got to be the life.

In a game of scrabble after supper, Eleanor annihilated the oldies with a score of 190 points!

Next morning, Chace snuck ashore early and woke us with fresh croissants at 07:00hrs. I was starting to worry that Judy would be getting used to this life of luxury and would expect the same luxury and service when we returned to Tobin Bronze. I keep telling her that Tobin Bronze has 'character' but I don't know how much longer she will buy that.

For a change it was overcast as we set out for Nantucket. We managed to sail for a couple of hours before the wind died and we motored down the long dredged entrance channel into Nantucket. Ever since I read 'Moby Dick' as a kid I have always dreamed about visiting the great whaling port of Nantucket. We stayed on a town mooring in the anchorage for two nights.

Nantucket harbour Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
Aerial view of the marina and anchorage at Nantucket.

The first night we had a very enjoyable meal ashore at the Boarding House Restaurant. Down by the harbour the fog had rolled in and visibility was only to a few metres but Chace found his way back to Windaway without any drama. The fog certainly lent atmosphere to the place and confirmed my belief that Nantucket would not be the same place without some fog thrown in.

On Wednesday morning, the humid conditions had been cleared by a nice fresh south westerly wind which made for a beautiful sunny day. We hired some bikes and cycled down to Sconset at the east end of Nantucket. When Josie was a teenager, her family spent a couple of summers holidaying in Sconset; which made it very enjoyable for all of us as she showed us around.
Sconset, Nantucket L ook in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
Sconset village and beach.

After returning the bikes, Josie, Judy and I visited the Nantucket Whaling Museum. One of the museum guides gave a fascinating talk on the history of whaling on the island. As a sailor, I have always looked on the long three to four voyages of the Nantucket whale ships with awe.

  Nantucket harbour Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
Around the anchorage.

In the early evening, Josie and I were looking at the weather forecast posted outside the harbour master's office. Our attention was guaranteed when we got to the hurricane warning at the bottom of the forecast. Hurricane Danny was predicted to sweep up the New England coast with the centre tracking directly over Nantucket on Sunday. Perhaps it would not be a good idea to linger in Nantucket! Gale Force Jude had done it again - as soon as she goes near a boat the wind gods turn up to honour her! The wind gods had probably been watching for her on Tobin Bronze in Vigo and it took them a while to spot her on the other side of the Atlantic.

The original plan had been to drop Josie off in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard early on Friday morning to fly home to Cleveland. We would then spend Friday night in Wood's Hole and return to Newport on Saturday. Obviously this was no longer a practical option; so it was decided to head back to Newport on Thursday before the wind and rain associated with Hurricane Danny arrived. This made a long day motoring back to Newport as, once again, there was practically no wind. We picked up a mooring at the NYYC just after dusk.

Shore party Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
Shore party early Friday morning. Josie off to fly home to Cleveland; Judy and Eleanor to shower in luxury in the Yacht club.

Later that morning, we moved Windaway around to the fuel dock to top up on diesel and water. Sad to end a great sailing holiday, Judy and I took our bags ashore to go up to Boston to stay with Ben. Eleanor and Chace moved back out into the sound to ride out the coming blow.

Windaway departure Look in the Photo Album 'Newport & Islands' for an enlarged image.
Waving goodbye.

Here is Chace's summary of his return trip to Annapolis.

My brother, Dane, and I returned to Annapolis on Friday after an easy
return trip from Newport. We traveled through Long Island Sound and
down the East River past New York City, which is always a thrill.
Again, relatively little wind until we reached the Delaware Bay when we
had 15-20 to windward and beat our way up to the C&D Canal. Friday
morning was a spinnaker run in light air down the Chesapeake.
Remarkably, over three weeks, nothing broke, no sails were ripped, no
rigging failed. The engine started when called upon.

After you left in Newport, Eleanor and I buckled down for Hurricane
Danny. That Saturday we had heavy rain and 25-30 knot winds; nothing
particularly out of the ordinary. By midnight, it was pretty much over.
I did discover a few leaks in Windaway, however, although all had to do
with old gaskets, not structural faults.We watched a movie and played
Scrabble; she beat me again. On Sunday, Eleanor left and I sailed over
the Block Island before meeting Dane in Mystic on Monday.

Conclusion. What a wonderful cruising area it is off New England. We visited only one small portion but I would imagine it would take years to explore from Long Island Sound up to Maine. And that is without even entering Canada. The generous hospitality of the Andersons was certainly the icing on the cake. Windaway is a safe comfortable cruising boat and is one of the few sail-boats I would consider swapping Tobin Bronze for!

Judy and I had eight days staying with Ben in Cambridge but that is another story (or another blog) as they say.

Tobin Bronze's Photos - Main
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Tobin Bronze going out in the 1967 Melbourne Cup.
Sept 2017. Dodecanese Islands
17 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.
17 Photos
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
13 Photos
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
57 Photos
Created 12 January 2013
From Messolonghi to Kalamata May 2012
45 Photos
Created 10 January 2013
Italy to Zakinthos and Messolonghi
15 Photos
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
24 Photos
Created 24 November 2011
Sailing TB from Faro to Cartagena in June and July 2011
64 Photos
Created 9 August 2011
Sailing on John's boat 'Derby Lass'
20 Photos
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.
41 Photos
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.
26 Photos
Created 1 June 2010
Lay up for winter in Cangas
17 Photos
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
18 Photos
Created 23 June 2009
Between 02 June and 04 June 2009 from La Roche Bernard to Ribadeo in Galicia, Spain
11 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 June 2009
Port de Foleux is about 15 miles up the Villaine River, 6 miles upstream from La Roche Bernard
4 Photos
Created 18 June 2009