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

2019 Sailing Summary

05 June 2020 | Western Mediterranean
Nichola Wright
Here is the summary of our 2019 season: a run down of our route, followed by a cost review.

This season was a shorter one than previous seasons, bookended with a month long stay in Monastir whilst we took some land travel and an early arrival into our winter berth to sort out some issues back in the UK.

From Tunisia we covered a lot of ground in a short time, passing through our previous years’ routes to take us to France, where we spent the majority of our time, almost two months.

For the full blog, click here to go the article on our website.

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

28 May 2020 | Spanish Mediterranean Coast
Nichola Wright
The final legs of our 2019 summer cruise certainly gave us some tales to tell. After doing the tourist thing in Barcelona we had a nerve shredding departure. September's Gota Fria storm had us boat bound in Sant Carles de la Rapita followed by a bumpy ride down the east coast of Spain to our winter home in Cartagena.

To read more, click through to our web page at www.yachtemerald.com

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.
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