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 [...]

Trish & Bob go boating.

05 August 2009
Trish and Bob go boating. 10th to 25 July 2009

It is good to report that the sailing virgins, Bob & Tricia, survived two weeks on Tobin Bronze in Galicia. Trish was not sea-sick. Well maybe. Just a little bit. For a little while. Even Bob was forced to retire to his bunk one afternoon, 'for a siesta'. The fact that it was damn cold and lashing down with rain might have contributed to his decision to seek a horizontal position down below.

Judy and I flew down from London to be met at La Coruna airport by Tricia and Bob. We all jumped in a taxi for the 90 minute drive up to Viveiro through the beautiful, mountainous Galician scenery. We arrived at the boat at around 22:30hrs and went off to find a restaurant. This might have appeared late to us but it was pretty much the normal time for locals to be going out.

Saturday was spent organising the boat and stocking up on provisions (and booze!). Bob's snoring ensured that he was banished to the forecastle on his own. There are no secrets on a 35ft boat!

We left the marina at mid-day Sunday and motored north down the Ria. The wind was southerly in the marina but once we got clear of the land towards the entrance of the Ria the wind was 10 - 12 kts south westerly, from dead ahead of our course.

Both Tricia and Bob were new to this sailing lark so we just motored a few miles around Pta Socastro and anchored up outside the harbour in Carino. This is a quiet little town off the beaten track but a secure refuge in west to southerly winds.


We weighed anchor at 09:30hrs next morning and motored the 5 or so miles up to Cape Ortegal in bright sunshine. But once around the Cape it was a choppy sea south west towards Cedeira. Bob caught 6 nice mackerel with our paravane. Very tasty they were!

At 13:30hrs, we anchored off the beautiful long beach on the south side of the Ria de Cedeira in 8 metres of water. There was too much of a 'surf' running to go ashore; so we just lazed around the boat enjoying the sunshine. Later on I did row ashore on my own and had a walk up the beach but got swamped and soaked while getting back to TB. Around 17:30hrs we moved the mile or so into Cedeira harbour where there were 8 or 9 cruising boats at anchor.

The harbour is very much a working fishing environment but after a 15 minute walk into the town, Cedeira is a pretty place with a square that comes alive with the locals and their families in the evening. Like most of the Galician towns, it has a lovely, happy atmosphere.

The weather continued very unsettled with strong gales in North Biscay and the Western Approaches to the English Channel. We caught the southern edge of the associated fronts and copped some squally winds.

Wed 15th July. Left Cedeira at 10:15hrs and motor sailed to La Coruna in more fresh westerly winds. It was also pretty choppy which wasn't much fun. When we arrived, a Kiwi lady who was having lunch on a Spanish boat, took our lines and chatted with us for a while. She soon returned with a bottle of wine and some tins of sardines as a welcoming gift. The boat belonged to the President of the Real Club Nautico (Yacht Club). They were having an extended celebratory lunch as the President and his wife had just returned from a six months cruise to the Caribbean.

Recently returned from the Caribbean.

Next day we had a pleasant walk around the seafront to Tower of Hercules, the oldest working lighthouse in the world; the Romans built the first one. While we were climbing up inside the Tower, the weather changed from bright sunshine to pishing down with rain. Which rather spoilt the view! Have a look in the Picture Gallery for our photos.

As Bob & Trish were representing the Mt Isa Sailing and Surfing Club, we flew Bob's boardies (freshly washed of course!) as a courtesy flag on our port crosstree.

Friday, 17 July. After topping up with diesel fuel at the Marina A Coruna, which is just inside the breakwater, we left for Camarinas. The first half of the trip was unpleasant, motor-sailing into a stiff WNW Force 5. But once around the Islas Sisargas, we were able to turn away from directly into the wind, shut down the engine and sail for the first time in a week. It was a nice broad reach to Cabo Villano and then south into the Ria de Camarinas.

We were allocated a berth on arrival by the Marina Manager on arrival. A curious thing happened as we were approaching our berth. The propeller fell off! Fortunately we were making a gentle approach and Judy and Ramon from the Marina stopped the boat without crashing into the pontoons. They didn't even notice that nothing happened when I tried to go astern. Probably attributed the uncontrolled approach to the helmsman's incompetence.

Next morning I confirmed that the prop was missing but couldn't find it by snorkelling. The visibility was poor from an overcast sky, the water was pretty murky and my snorkelling skills are sadly diminished from what they were in my youth. That's my excuse! We consulted the marina grapevine and arranged for a local diver to come and search for the prop. I knew roughly where it had come off as I heard a very unhealthy 'clunk' from under the boat when I engaged reverse. It still took the diver over 30 minutes snorkelling to find the prop; so I didn't feel too bad about my pathetic attempt earlier in the day.

With lots of help and no shortage of advice from the other yotties in the marina, we towed TB around to the slip, dried the boat out alongside the wall at low tide and Bob re-placed the prop. As Trish said, "If Bob puts it on, it will stay on." Then everyone settled down to a monumental piss-up, led from the front like a true champion, by Bob. See the photos in the Photo Gallery.

There was Tony and Chris off a Sadler. Tony has completed one eight year circumnavigation and was off 'back to the Pacific to visit some of the places I missed last time'. Chris was crewing for him to 'go cruising before I get too old.' Andy, whose wife Pam was out on their boat in the anchorage, was 'just going south for 12 months'. Adam, physically handicapped, but heading for the Caribbean. Look up his blog Colin off a big motor sailor had over wintered in Camarinsa. What a bunch!

There was also a very noisy Festival going on in the town, which went on till nearly 6 am Sat morning and Sun morning. Sunday was a very welcome lay day for us after all the excitement of the previous day. However, the session on the dodgem cars at the carnival was a tad stressful.

Monday we had a very boring day motoring in flat sea around Cape Finisterre on the Costa da Morte to Portosin in the Ria de Muros. The modern marina there had excellent facilities. We sheltered in Portosin for a couple of nights as yet another front deposited buckets of water on us.

The next leg of the journey was another slog to windward with the last couple of hours being very cold and wet! But we found a snug anchorage at the bottom of the Ria de Alban. Once again it blew up in the early hours of the morning with 25 - 30kt winds.

"Bring on Cape Horn"

But by breakfast time, the front had passed through and it was bright and sunny. From Ria de Alban to Cangas was only 3km as the crow flies but 12 or so nautical miles by sea. Judy and Tricia jumped ship and walked to Cangas while Bob and I sailed the boat around. Bit of a shame really as they missed the nicest sail of the trip as we enjoyed the sunshine. The mackerel weren't biting which was a bit of a shame.

We stayed in Cangas one night before sailing the 3 or so miles around to Moana where we acquired a berth for a couple of months

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
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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