Emerald Tales

Summer 2019: Sailing the western Med: France and Spain

08 October 2019 | Cote d'Azur
25 August 2019 | Villefranche-Sur-Mer
20 August 2019 | San Remo
25 September 2015 | Agia Effimia, Kefalonia
25 September 2015 | Fiskardo, Kefalonia
21 September 2015 | Vathi, Ithaka
12 September 2015 | Vonitsa, Vlicho, Sivota: Ionian Greece
27 August 2015 | Preveza, Koukouvitsa, Vonitsa: Ionian Greece
25 August 2015 | Vonitsa
22 August 2015 | Agia Effimia, Kefalonia
16 August 2015 | Vathi, Ithaka
07 August 2015 | Mitika, Greece
22 January 2015 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
12 December 2014 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
05 December 2014 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
18 November 2014 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
02 November 2014 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
18 October 2014 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

Spain - Where The Summer Went a Little Pete Tong: Part I of II

06 December 2019 | Roses, Spain
Nichola Wright
At the end of August, we arrived in north east Spain sunshine and light winds, full of enthusiasm for a new country.

However, Spain threw a few unexpected challenges our way - blocked fuel hoses, broken toes and an extremely lively bout of weather just some of what we had to deal with.

Click here to read the full story.

A Summer in France

08 October 2019 | Cote d'Azur
Nichola Wright
We spent almost two months moving slowly along the French coast, heading west. From Antibes we visited numerous anchorages, including Iles de Lerins, Theoule Sur Mer, Ile Porquerolles, La Ciotat and Calanque de Soumiou, and several more.
We found welcoming harbours to park the dinghy, coastal paths to explore and Provencal Markets to buy French speciality foods.
To read more, click here.

Emerald Returns to France

25 August 2019 | Villefranche-Sur-Mer
Nichola Wright
Our return to France had been a long time coming - our first visit being way back in 2004 to Fecamp on the north coast.

This time it would be the south coast that we were sailing towards - the Cote d'Azur - and specifically Villefranche Sur Mer. We spent two weeks in it's protected Rade, taking time out for land trips to Nice and Monaco and exploring the local area.

We found France to be a very welcoming place to sailors as well as knowing how to celebrate summer with free music, fireworks and bals.

To read more about our experiences, click here.

Slow Boat to San Remo

20 August 2019 | San Remo
Nichola Wright | Heatwave
A purposely slow sail from Cap Corse to San Remo in Italy where we spent one night on the transit quay and had a whistlestop visit around the town. To read more, click here.

If All You Want is a Kefalonia Meat Pie

25 September 2015 | Agia Effimia, Kefalonia
Nichola / Storms and buckets of rain
The last two weeks have had some unsettled weather and it's got to that time when we want to be thinking about crossing back to Sicily. The last two days we've had more rain than the rest of the summer, it's currently lashing down with rain with thunder rumbling around the mountains. We've been scouring the weather forecasts for a weather window and dreaming about F4 northerly winds; however, it's been hard to find even two forecasts that agree with each other, even when a raging storm has been thundering overhead, some forecasts were still predicting sunshine and no wind. Perhaps we should pick one that looks like it suits us the most and hope for the best. Read More
Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
Extra: Escaped summer 2009.
If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg. Apsley Cherry Garrard
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