Emerald Tales

Mediterranean Adventures - currently in the western Med

04 July 2020 | Santa Ponça
27 June 2020 | Formentera
22 June 2020 | Mar Menor, Spain
16 June 2020 | Cabo Tinoso, Spain
08 June 2020 | Cabo Tinoso, Murcia, Spain
05 June 2020 | Western Mediterranean
28 May 2020 | Spanish Mediterranean Coast
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

Attack of the Diesel Bug

04 July 2020 | Santa Ponça
Nichola Wright | Sunny and warm, wind SE F4, reducing through the morning
We had an early start from Punta Grossa, Ibiza to catch the available wind to Mallorca. It was worth it - we had a great few hours of sailing before the wind gradually faded away.

Engine on, we continued on our way. However, just a few minutes after switching on, the engine stuttered and died. Diesel bug had blocked one half of our fuel system. Read on by clicking here for how we dealt with this.

Our New Best Passage in the Med

27 June 2020 | Formentera
Nichola Wright
We had our best passage ever in the Med, sailing between the Spanish mainland and Formentera.

Why was it the best? Well, we sailed 126nm out of 132nm, I didn't feel any seasickness and we had dolphins join us for a while.

After a few days relaxing on Formentera, we headed on to the north of Ibiza and the visually stunning anchorage of Punta Grossa, where the rock formations defy imagination.

For the full article, click here.

To view a short video of our passage:

The Curse of the Mar Menor

22 June 2020 | Mar Menor, Spain
Nichola Wright
OK, so perhaps this is an overly dramatic blog title, however with the incidents we've experienced with the Mar Menor this year and last, we're beginning to think the place is not for us!

Heading on East

We'd been chased away from the rugged peninsula of Cabo Tinoso by swell which was bending around the headland and making life uncomfortable. We headed east to Mar Menor and experienced one of those days that are memorable for the wrong reasons.

To read the full post, please click here to go to our web page.

Freedom Tastes Great at Cabo Tinoso

16 June 2020 | Cabo Tinoso, Spain
Nichola Wright
Limited by the rules imposed by the easing of lockdown restrictions, we visited Cabo Tinoso, a few miles west of Cartagena, an area we would have been unlikely to visit otherwise. And what a gem of a place it turned out to be.

For the full article, please click here to go to our web page.

Little Steps to Freedom 2020

08 June 2020 | Cabo Tinoso, Murcia, Spain
Nichola Wright | Settled conditions
At the beginning of May, Spain began to move in baby steps towards the easing of the Corona virus lockdown restrictions we'd lived with since the 14th March. There would be phases, with each one lasting two weeks. Phase 0 brought some limited mobility - a chance to get out and exercise beyond the confines of your home, although with fixed time periods in which this could be done. There was talk of being able to go sailing again in phase 1, limited at first to 12nm from base, then later to within the home province. If all went well and infection numbers fell, June might bring the ability to sail beyond our province. Glimmers of hope blossomed within us as we felt able to make tentative plans.

To read the full article, please click here to visit our website.
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
Emerald's Photos - Emerald Tales (Main)
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Created 30 August 2011
Falmouth to Essex via Orkney
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Created 12 August 2011
Documenting installing a skylight over the Saloon on Emerald
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Created 2 March 2011
Step by step photos of our quest to insulate and refresh the 'guest room' on Emerald
21 Photos
Created 17 November 2010
Here we'll document the restoration of Crazy Horse our 6ft BarrowBoat from neglected relic to beautiful rowing/sailing/outboard powered tender to Emerald
13 Photos
Created 11 January 2010
The Wine cupboard built under the TV to hold our wedding glasses and some of our home made wine
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Created 11 January 2010
Step by step shots of the Refleks Heater installation
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Created 26 November 2008
Showing the before / during / after (if I ever finish it!) of the forward head restoration.
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Created 12 October 2008
Showing how our canopy works from a complete enclosure through to tropics mode!!!
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Created 10 October 2008
To show the steps through a complete mast overhaul
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Created 10 October 2008
To show before and after shots of the Chart table refurb.
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Created 10 October 2008
To show modifications to aft cabin as we go
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Created 10 October 2008