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 [...]

Summer 2014

01 October 2014 | Kilada to Orei

Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Spring Re-Fit 2014.
Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Early Summer 2014.
Click here for link for relevant PhotoAlbum Summer 2014 Part 2.

I was very slack last year and didn't get around to updating this blog. Actually it is more of a diary than a live blog as I never seem to find time while onboard to keep it up to date. I can blame the joy of a wooden boat for that - non-stop maintenance!

So here is an abbreviated summary.
15 April to 27 April. In Kilada, we prepared TB for re-launch. Anti-fouling, painting the heads, varnishing the cockpit, fitting a new electric fuel pump and a new water pump in the galley, etc! Great fun.

The highlights were the Greek Easter celebrations including fireworks in Ermioni plus a couple of days in Tolo seeing Stavros, Yannis and various other friends.

Judy and I returned to Kilada on 05 June via Ermione on the Flying Cat to from Pireaus. After washing off all the red Sahara dust covering Tobin Bronze, we were lifted back into the water on 06 June. We had a few early problems with air in the fuel line and immediately breaking some slides on the mainsail but they were sorted out without too much drama.

After filling up with good fresh water and fuel in Porto Cheli, we crossed to the island of Serifos, a distance of 72 nM. Started off motoring in no wind and ended beating around the south end of Serifos in 25 to 30 knots of apparent wind. Initially we had a lot of difficulty in getting the main anchor, a Bruce, to dig in and hold. We ended up using the smaller kedge anchor, a Fortress, on 6 metres of chain and nylon warp to anchor securely. The next morning I installed a 6.8kg Fortress, which I had just taken out to Greece, on as the main bower anchor. This anchor is much better to Greece conditions.

Sofie and Tom were waiting for us in Serifos. Tom had just proposed to Sofie on Paros; so we had something to celebrate.

Click here for link to larger image in PhotoAlbum Summer 2014 Part 2.

After visiting Kinthos and Kea, we anchored in Porto Rafti on 13 June. Tom and Sofie departed by taxi at 06:30hrs to the adjacent Athens Airport.

Over the next few weeks, we made our way north through the channel between Evia and the mainland. At 00:15 hrs on Sun 22 June, we passed through the Chalkas retractable bridge and tied up to the quay just north of the bridge. It was very noisy there though as the bars were in full swing till 04:00hrs.

We reached Orei in the north of Evia on 23 June. I checked out Dimstef Boatyard with the view to leaving TB there later in the summer. We moved on to Skiathos from where Judy flew back to Gatwick with Monarch Airways on 27 Jun. Next day, TB took me back into the Gulf of Volos to Achilleion. Good facilities on the quay, a disused charter base, but a noisy party went on in an adjacent tavern went on until 04:00hrs. Greek party goers have stamina!

A couple of days later, I sailed back to Orei and Dimitrios from the Dimstef yard dragged TB out of the water. I spent the next few days cleaning the boat and doing the washing before returning to Athens and flying back to London.

Dimstaf Yard.
Dimstef Yard..
Click here for link to larger image in PhotoAlbum Summer 2014 Part 2.

After marrying off our eldest daughter, Charlotte, on 22 Aug, Judy and I returned to Orei on 28 Aug. Judy and I had a very pleasant time pootling around the Sporades. Leone from NZ was with us for a week or so. She left from Skiathos on 06 Sep and Judy also left on the 08 Sep. I lazed around for a couple of days - removing and re-sealing some deck fittings and sealing leaks around the hatch.

John and Roger arrived on Wed 10 Sep for a week's sailing. We visited nea Klima on Skopolos, Skyros, Steni Vana, the anchorage at the north end of Nisos Panagia, Skopolos Town and Skiathos. Towards the end of the week, thunderstorms were lurking all around. On the day John and Roger were due to leave there was a particularly heavy thunderstorm that caused their plane to be delayed by 4 hours. It also nearly sunk my dinghy that had 6 inches of water in it.

I returned to Orei and TB was lifted out at Dimstef yard on Thu 25 Sept. On 01 Oct I caught the bus from Orei to Athens and flew back to London. TB had covered 670 nautical miles during the summer. This compares with the 668 nautical miles we sailed in 2013.
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