Emerald Tales

Mediterranean Adventures - currently in the western Med

17 February 2021 | Ayamonte
05 February 2021 | Culatra
27 January 2021 | Alcoutim
19 January 2021 | Larenjeiras, Portugal
08 December 2020 | Puerto Sherry
17 November 2020 | Playa de Bolonia
14 October 2020 | Gibraltar
27 September 2020 | La Linea
18 September 2020
04 September 2020 | Menorca, Spain
13 August 2020 | Pollença, Mallorca
31 July 2020 | Cala Tuent, Mallorca
20 July 2020 | Soller, Mallorca
11 July 2020 | Cala Deia, Mallorca
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

Emerald's New Anchor Chain

17 February 2021 | Ayamonte
Nichola Wright
We’d arrived at Ayamonte Marina on a mission to collect our new anchor chain from Ayamar chandlers.

Our current anchor chain was deteriorating badly, with lumps of rust flaking off. It was also beginning to stretch, and would regularly jump off the windlass gypsy. If we wanted to anchor in the Rio Guadiana for the winter, a new chain was essential to keep us safely moored in one spot.

In this blog, we review the options available for the new chain followed by the purchase. Click here to read the full article. We face the difficult task of transporting the chain to the boat. Finally, we swap the old chain for new and take the opportunity to refresh the chain locker.

Anchored by Culatra - the Island of Sand

05 February 2021 | Culatra
Nichola Wright
October 2020
Having left the Rio Guadiana, but still undecided as to where to spend the winter, we waited at Culatra for west winds to settle. There we could enjoy the uniqueness of the sand island, its tractors, and its amazing nature.

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Rio Guadiana - Should We Stay?

27 January 2021 | Alcoutim
Nichola Wright
Or should we go?

September 2020
Before Covid blighted our lives, there’d been a plan for 2020. After seven years of sailing around the Med, Emerald was in need of some TLC. We planned to lift out to a boatyard where we would paint the topsides, Coppercoat the hull and complete some mechanical jobs. It would tie in with my desire for some land time with summertime visits to family and friends. Eight months seemed like sufficient time for boat jobs and visits and if needs be, we could extend into the winter months.

We chose Portugal as our preferred location due to its mild climate, using our winter marina time in Cartagena to research prices and facilities in the Algarve and Lisbon.

After a summer in the Balearics, we'd arrived in the Rio Guadiana, intending to spend a few weeks here before continuing on to Lisbon. But other ideas began to take root.

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Rio Guadiana - A Welcome Return

19 January 2021 | Larenjeiras, Portugal
Nichola Wright
September 2020

Ask people why they travel and I'm sure you'd get a variety of reasons. For me, living on a sailboat allows us to discover and experience new places in an affordable and relaxed manner and all whilst taking our home with us. However, as enjoyable as the new discoveries are, returning to a treasured spot has a special meaning too. One place that really wormed its way into our hearts was the Rio Guadiana.

After 6 summers in the Med, we were making a welcome return.

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Everything's Fino in Puerto Sherry

08 December 2020 | Puerto Sherry
Nichola Wright | F7 winds followed by calm. Sunny and warm
We picked up the anchor at 7 am on the 2nd of September to push on the 50nm from Cala Bolonia to Cadiz. We had hoped to split the passage over two days, however, inclement winds were on their way.

As the sun rose, a gentle southerly wind set in allowing us to sail. With the engine silenced, the only noise was from the swishing of Emerald's bow slicing through the waves. Shearwaters gracefully skimmed the waves. Peace, nature, and sailing = happiness. We made a very respectable 6kts SOG with the tide with us.

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Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Emerald's Photos - Emerald Tales (Main)
3 Photos
Created 30 August 2011
Falmouth to Essex via Orkney
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 12 August 2011
Documenting installing a skylight over the Saloon on Emerald
4 Photos
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
5 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 11 January 2010
Step by step shots of the Refleks Heater installation
35 Photos
Created 26 November 2008
Showing the before / during / after (if I ever finish it!) of the forward head restoration.
19 Photos
Created 12 October 2008
Showing how our canopy works from a complete enclosure through to tropics mode!!!
23 Photos
Created 10 October 2008
To show the steps through a complete mast overhaul
36 Photos
Created 10 October 2008
To show before and after shots of the Chart table refurb.
9 Photos
Created 10 October 2008
To show modifications to aft cabin as we go
13 Photos
Created 10 October 2008