Emerald Tales

Mediterranean Adventures - currently in the western Med

06 June 2021 | Alcoutim
28 May 2021 | Alcoutim
16 April 2021 | Rio Guadiana
31 March 2021 | The Balearic Isles
20 March 2021 | Ayamonte
05 March 2021 | Alcoutim
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


18 May 2014 | River Guadiana, border between Spain and Portugal
Nichola / still warm and sunny
On Friday it was my birthday and as we were still up the river with friends it seemed like a good idea to have (another) night of partying!

Everyone made a dish so that it was a sort of picnic/tapas (being close to Spain it seemed like a good theme). A box of minging red wine was successfully turned into a sangria with the addition of peach schnapps, lemonade, orange juice plus chopped up oranges to keep with the theme.

birthday food
Birthday food

The weather forecast had threatened rain and there were some suspect clouds lurking to the west but it stayed dry and a great evening was had. Later on Colin played guitar whilst we all sang along and 'entertained' the other river dwellers into the early hours. Thanks for a great party Pat & Duncan, Vic & Marge and John & Gilly.

A friend, Gilly (her blog of their travels on Riverdancer is here) wrote me a poem as a present. I thought it was so good I had to share. Thank you Gilly!

"Nichola & Colin Wright,
Toiled hard day and night.
Their three years work was almost done,
They were ready now to find the sun.
The boat's a beauty, an Emerald queen,
The hull is white the rest is green.
When the tide was high in Brandy Hole,
And Emerald could start to roll,
They escaped the Crouch and muddy creek,
And the winters there that had been bleak.
We met them both in Lagos,
The marina that cost lots of dosh.
They are with us now quite close to Spain
Where we run and walk and sing and play.
Nichola's birthday is once a year,
But every day she's full of cheer
(not to mention wine and beer).
She dances with a one legged hop,
And head-bangs like she just can't stop.
Every day she writes her blog,
With a recent picture of a frog.
Just like the frog her clothes are green,
She's also often diving been,
Where the pollen dust can't make her sneeze,
Or give her a rash from toes to knees.
Happy birthday Nichola Wright
I'm sure you'll have a lovely night."

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