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Posted on October 26, 2011 at 7:34pm 1 Comment 0 Likes
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…Continue
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:59am 2 Comments 0 Likes
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 ..so 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 ..one engine failure and one sail…Continue
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:44am 0 Comments 0 Likes
One of the last boats to arrive at the island we had a narrow berthing option ..so 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…Continue
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:29am 0 Comments 0 Likes
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 ...it 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…Continue
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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?
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.
merry christmas, to a coffee table sailor
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!
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.
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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