Kate O Donovan
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Fenit, Co. Kerry
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Boat ... Dufour 30 Classic.
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Destinations visited:
Completed 1800 miles in the Caribbean in January - February 2010. Started in Antigua and and visited 13 islands over the month. Sailed as far south as Trinidad and then up to Tortola. Quick sail in San Diego bay in March 2011. In June 2011 sailed from Fuengirola in southern Spain up to Alicante on the east coast. In October 2011 sailed from Epidavros in Greece through the Corinth Canal island hopping along the way to Gouvia Marina in Corfu. In 2013 sailed the Med from Vilamoura Portugal to Gibraltar Spain.. then on to Barcelona Spain, From Barcelona to Toulon France .. then on to La Spezia Italy. Great trip.
Looking to:
Sail in as many parts of the world as I can. Move my boat to warmer climes. In the interim, I will continue to travel and sail whenever possible

Kate O Donovan's Blog

Home is the sailor ..

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 7:34pm 1 Comment

home from the sea and the hunter home from the hill! Cant remember who wrote that .. its from a poem that I learnt by heart a hundred years ago. I have always loved those lines. Arrived back last Sunday ...departed Corfu early in the morning ..flew to London Gatwick and then on to Cork in Ireland.There wasn't enough time in Greece to finish the blog so instead I am just going to mention a few highlights. 

I travelled back in time while we were in Frikes on Ithaca island! In a little…


Trizonia Island to Messonlongi (under the Rion Bridge) 48 nm

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:59am 2 Comments

Force 6 quickly became Force 8 with higher gusts. We left Trizonia by 7.30am. All boats headed out together and went under the bridge in a line. After that ..the boats spead out and visibility quickly deteriorated. The wind rose to a strong Force 8 ..following we were surfing down the waves with the rain whipping our backs as we went .. but what a ride! We needed the GPS to find the entrance channel to Messalongi ...2 boats experienced difficulties engine failure and one sail…


Trizonia Island

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:44am 0 Comments

One of the last boats to arrive at the island we had a narrow berthing option narrow ..that the tender pushed us on ..port-side-to ...all went well until someone came to tie alongside us and discovered that the yachts have no brakes! ...their anchor left a decorative mark along our bow! ..Have I drooled about the boat yet? a 44 Bavaria called 'Fanourios' ..a Greek Saint or a prayer or something ..very interesting story ..about St.Fanourios' mother ...seems she was a bit naughty but it…


Galaxidi to Trizoniz Is (20 nm)

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:29am 0 Comments

Lovely sunshine as we pulled up anchor in Galaxidi to head for Trizonia Island. Galaxidi was a favourite with all the crews and before we left we visited the local maritime museum. It gave a wonderful overview of the history of the area was a ship- building town for many years ...if you are cruising in the locality ..its well worth a visit. The local food is hearty and wholesome but am a bit worried about my cholesterol levels after all the cheese and egg dishes! Managed a swim on a…


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At 1:33am on December 1, 2013, tim said…
hi,I used to sail a dufour,30 was a good boat,are still sailing her? am in Miami waiting for a weather window to hop over to Bahamas .
At 2:00pm on June 2, 2012, Laura Andrews said…

Thanks Kate..not quite sure what to make of this site.  I love the water and boating...recently ended a relationship where my partner did not like boats...just golf.  Now its my turn to turn to my love of life.  Is this a social site?

At 5:57pm on May 10, 2012, Peter Hollings said…

Hi, Kate,

Thanks for the nice comment!  My long dreamt of plans to retire, buy a boat and set off on a cruising life are on hold until some real estate sells. So, what I've just done is rented a home (with dock!) on Lake Lanier near Atlanta, Georgia where I work. It's a fairly large lake, about 100 square miles, but, of course, not the same as being at sea. I'm in the market looking for a 20 footer so I can have some fun this summer. Please let me know if you come this way.


At 1:58am on December 19, 2011, ___/)ances With Sails said…

merry christmas, to a coffee table sailor

At 7:42am on November 28, 2011, CAN DRAC said…

Other than the Azores, the only marina we have visited in Portugal is Lagos and it was great. It's big, close to town and with all the boat services you can ask for!

At 4:28am on August 26, 2011, CAN DRAC said…
Yes, we have air conditioning, mainly because we lived aboard first in NY and then in Barcelona (both places very hot and humid in Summer). But once you are at anchor you're fine. Cruising in the Med is always best in June when it's not yet as hot, there are no crowds and prices are a bit lower. Safe travels!
At 5:33pm on August 8, 2011, Marlene A. Sassaman said…


Truly, your last statement is a wise one. I gave up trying to convince friends to become sailors. Rather, I leave an open invitation. You are right, it is much easier to make friends with sailors. Enjoy your adventures. Our ships just might pass one night, , , my big voyages will start in June 2012 with mini trips between now and then around the east coast of Florida. Best wishes for safe sailing.

At 9:34am on August 2, 2011, Larry Wilson said…
I'm so jealous....I'd love to be where you are...and Dingle is great. Never sailed there, but was there via bus tour a few years ago.
At 9:24am on August 2, 2011, LOLA said…
Where is everyone on Seaknots?
At 12:34am on August 2, 2011, Larry Wilson said…


Sounds like you've been busy!!! Next time y're in the States, we'll have to do some Chesapeake Bay sailing.


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