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 [...]

Faro to Cadiz - June 2011

05 July 2011
Faro to Cadiz - June/July 2011.

I returned to Faro on 19 June 2011. Judy stayed at home as Ben was coming over from Boston for a week or so as he had to give a presentation on his work at the University of Plymouth.

I had arranged with Bruce in Nave Pegos boatyard for Tobin Bronze to be lifted back into the water on the afternoon high tide next day. Because the boatyard is so far up Ria Formosa, keel boats have to lifted in or out at high tide. And even then there is only enough water for boats with a draught of over 1.75m during the period around spring tide.

The re-launch went well and I even managed to follow Bruce in his work/pilot boat down to the Faro anchorage without running aground. BUT I did have a heavy line for towing rigged up and ready just in case!

A couple of days later, old friend Tim H. arrived in Faro in the late evening to help me sail TB down to Cadiz where Judy was meeting up with me. Even though he seemed unconcerned, it must have been a bit disconcerting for Tim as we motored in the dinghy out of the small boat harbour, under the low railway bridge and into the pitch black of Ria Formosa. In the distance about a mile away there we a few anchor lights of the boats in the anchorage but apart from that there was only the reflection of the lights of Faro.

Next morning in bright warm sunshine we departed Faro and headed off down the Ria. We anchored the first night at Cultara Island. We stopped there last year and is a magical place. We went for a walk ashore but this time we didn't get cut off by the tide as Judy and I did last year. The water on the Atlantic side of the island was still very cold.

During the next week, we enjoyed fantastic sailing down the coast. The wind was invariably light and from astern; the sea state was mostly flat and the sun shone brightly. We flew the spinnaker on three of the first four days. Tim caught a juicy 1kg mackerel.

Nice one!
Look in the Photo Album 'Portugal to Cartagena' for an enlarged image.

Look in the Photo Album 'Portugal to Cartagena' for an enlarged image.

Hightlights included:-
Ayamonte - lovely town square where families gathered in the evening.
Ilha Cristina - nice marina. The old fishing port part of town is very poor and run down but down by the beaches are rather soulless high rise holiday flats. The contrast is quite stark
El Rompido - a challenging place to get into, down a shallow channel with sand bars either side to within 100 metres of the beach and then along parallel to the beach. With a 1 metre swell, it was a white knuckle ride until we got in behind the sand spit. Then it was calm and hot and a boaters paradise.
Marina Puerto America, Cadiz - a long walk from the centre of Cadiz but you cannot fail to be impressed by the history and atmosphere of Cadiz. Narrow streets lined with balconies, people socialising in the parks and in the cafes. At the edge of the dock area, at eleven in the evening, we came across about fifty or sixty musicians with wind instruments and drums jamming away in a most relaxed manner.
Puerto Santa Maria - across the bay and up the river from Cadiz - a nice friendly yacht club with nice swimming pool and riverside bar.

TB at Yacht Club
Look in the Photo Album 'Portugal to Cartagena' for an enlarged image.
TB at Yacht Club.

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