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 [...]

Balearic Islands.

10 September 2011
Judy, Peter and Woody sail Tobin Bronze in the Balaeric Islands, Sept 2011

Judy and I arrived back in Cartagena on Monday 29 August to find the boat in good condition and only needing provisioning before being ready to go. The supermarket was a fair walk away; so a few trips were required. Cheap beer is heavier than expensive beer because you invariabily buy more of it! We also took delivery of a very efficient esky ("ice-box" to you non-Aussies) which Bob and Tricia had generously donated to Tobin Bronze's equipment. In the hot weather to come, it was a God-send.

Woody arrived by train from Madrid after flying in from New Zealand on Thursday and relieved me of Command. I was regelated to Deckie for the rest of the trip.

On Friday 02 Sept, it rained in Cartagena for the first time (so the locals said) in six months. I can believe it as the countryside was very dusty and dry. The Italian cruise liner 'Aida' sailed from the port just after the storm had passed over. At 38,531 tons, she is only a small one.

Rain in Cartagena.
First rain for 6 months.
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The next leg of our voyage was to cross over from the Spanish mailand to Formenterra, the most southerly of the Balearic Islands, which was about 140 miles away. The forecast was good for a few days even though the odd thunderstorm was predicted for Ibiza.

We left the marina in Cartagena at 10:00hrs on Saturday 03 Sept in hot sunny conditions and no wind. By 13:15hrs, we were making our departure of the mainland with 114 nautical miles to go on a course of 056° Magnetic. At this time, the wind started to fill in from the south and developed into a fine sailing breeze. It increased to 12 to 16 kts apparent from astern and we were able to run all night with just the mainsail up. It was a great sail and we were bombing along at over 7 knots at times. The waves were 2 to 3 metres high from astern and this increased the noise and sense of speed. There was a nearly full moon and way ahead we could see a thunderstorm over Ibiza. It really was a cracking sail.

By 09:00hrs next morning, we were anchored in the bay south east of Pta Pedreras on Formenterra. We had sailed 141nM in 22.5hrs at an average speed of 6.27 knots - one of Tobin Bronze's fastest trips ever.

Later on in the afternoon, we motor sailed down the east coast of Formenterra to Cala Pujols and anchored in the very sheltered bay. Ashore it is very touristy but it was very peaceful in the anchorage.

Judy on Formenterra.
Judy ashoe on Formenterra.
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Judy on fore-deck.
Enjoying the sun and calm sea.
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Over the next four days we cruised along the west coast of Ibiza, across the Canal de Mallorca and ended up in the marina in San Antonio de la Playa which was very close to Palma airport. We visited Palma by taxi to have a wander around. Unfortunately due to time constraints, we had nowhere near long enough but we did enjoy going into the majestic cathedral.

PW&JW outside Plama Cathedral.
Palma Cathedral.
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Judy jumped ship on Friday 09 Sept and flew back to London. She and Sofie were then going to Boston to see Ben and to spend a few days in New York. Woody and I made our merry way anti-clockwise around Mallorca up to the north east corner before crossing to Menorca on Sunday 11 Sept. We approached Mahon in the late afternoon before anchoring with all the other cruising boats in Cala Taulera for the night.

Cala Taulera anchorage.
Cala Taulera anchorage near Mahon, Menorca.
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Next morning we moved the couple of miles into Mahon itself and tied up bow-to in the Marina Estrell where we paid an eye-watering 57.50Euros for one night. And that was one of the cheaper marinas. However it was in a great location with easy access to the town and a good place to meet Chris Stock who was joining us next day.

Two beers.
"We only had a couple of beers."
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On Tues, Chris arrived around 10:15hrs. After topping up with water, we moved back to the anchorage at Cala Taulera in preparation for sailing to Sardinia the next day.

It was a shame that we did not have longer to fully explore the Balearics. We rushed past so many places where in reality a boat could spend the whole summer just cruising in these lovely islands. Perhaps on the way back from Greece with Tobin Bronze we will be able to spend longer in the area.

Plotter track
"Cartagena to Menorca to Sardinia."
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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