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2 months ago
Thursday It took us ages to un-do the various lines, springs and ad-hoc rigging arrangements we’d set up to cope with the dreadful swell, but once Bob was back on deck we were on our way to Marmaris! Greece had been beyond our wildest expectations so we were sad to leave, but it was time […]
2 months ago
Today was to be our last day in Greece so we had to go through all the formalities to officially check out of the EU. Facebook, despite it’ shortcomings is an invaluable tool when it comes to finding out how to do these things, and a quick search in the Med Sailing group revealed the […]
2 months ago
Alright. We’ve had our fair share of rocky anchorages over the last year of cruising. But this – this was something else. Bini was still moored “safely” in Rhodes Marina. The marina is actually quite nice, but has one massive problem: it’s missing a breakwater. That means that in any sort of northerly wind a […]
2 months ago
The sailing world is infested with all kinds of myths and superstitions, especially around Friday the 13th. One is not allowed to leave on any sail on a Friday, and don’t you dare have banana’s on board. Needless to say that this is all nonsense, evidenced by the calm and quiet day we enjoyed on […]
3 months ago
Thursday The day of the big surprise! All we had to do was to get Dad into the marina restaurant by 10:30, easy. After having had no schedule for the last few days I think he was mildly surprised to be ushered off the boat so promptly, but with me feening severe hunger we were […]
3 months ago
Thursday and Friday On Thursday we spent the day tidying up the boat in anticipation of my Dad arriving tomorrow. We also collected our new gangplank which was exactly what we had hoped it would be, perfect! On Friday my Dad arrived late morning, after having left home in Spain some 12 hours previously, what […]
3 months ago
Okay, by now – you, dear readers – should know that cruising life is not only sunsets, beaches and cocktails … it has it’s downsides as well! One of those less enjoyable sides of the cruising life is that we don’t get to see our families very often. So we were both excited to pack […]
3 months ago
Friday One of the things we’ve learnt this season (taking advice from our friend Phil) is that it’s better to plan a sail before a strong wind is due rather than going the day after it dies down. We made that mistake on our passage from Sifnos to Paros earlier in the season; the wind […]
3 months ago
Wednesday Before setting off for Rhodes we had a coffee with our friend, got the boat ready and headed off just after 13:00. As predicted by the forecast the westerly wind picked up as we came out of the shadow of Symi island and into the Rhodes channel. The waves too were pretty big so […]
3 months ago
Monday We decided last night to leave for Symi this morning. According to the forecast the first half of the sail would be windy (20/25 knots) but it’d die down as we passed south of the Turkish coastline. Our alternative was to wait until Tuesday when the wind was supposed to drop off but neither […]
4 months ago
If there is one such thing as the sailing bible for the Med, it’s gotta be Rod Heikell’s cruising pilot. Pretty much every English speaking sailor in the Med has a copy of his books, and “What does Heikell say about such and such” is a phrase we have come across many times. As preparation […]
4 months ago
We had originally planned to sail to our next destination, Astipalea, today. However after staring into the angry waves and getting our faces blown off by the wind yesterday we thought we maybe give the weather another day to calm down, especially since the forecast looked much more friendly on Tuesday. As we were still […]
4 months ago
Somewhat exhausted from the 10 hour sail the day before we set out to find some nice breakfast and check out the local town, Katapola. Katapola is sprinkled around a bay that makes a fantastic natural harbour, with a small ferry terminal and a few restaurants, shops and a tiny beach. We managed to find […]
4 months ago
We both get itchy feet after being “on the hook” for a while. We definitely enjoyed hanging out in Paros, but it started to feel a bit like we were moving in, so we had to go. Today was the day: the winds looked good, and we should have a nice downwind sail from Paros […]
4 months ago
Monday After Cass arrived on Sunday night we kicked off our long overdue catch up sitting in a cocktail bar on the waterfront and watching the sunset (well, you do need to start as you mean to carry on!) For a while now we’ve been debating whether or not to buy a portable generator, and […]
4 months ago
We’ve been on somewhat of a roll lately with our running routine and thought it would be a good idea to get up early and get the run out of the way. When we landed the dinghy in the beach we were surprised to find no path. But hey, that won’t stop us from doing […]
4 months ago
The morning started with a fresh westerly breeze, which meant we were sitting on a lee shore. For our readers who are less nautically inclined, “sitting on a lee shore” basically means that the boat is pretty close to the beach, and the wind is blowing the boat further into the direction of the dreaded […]
4 months ago
Despite Friday apparently being a day on which nothing can happen we thought we’d make the most out of being near civilization and get some washing done. Also, you couldn’t move in the heads anymore due to the laundry growing out of the basket! We found a laundry shop then went to print some paperwork […]
4 months ago
Thursday started as slow as a day can start. We both woke up, realised it was way too early, slept a few more hours, and woke up still groggy. A cup of coffee is usually enough to get us going, especially when it’s that strong delicious stuff that we bought in Syros. Not today though. […]
4 months ago
We’ve been waiting for a day with favourable winds for what feels like an eternity. It’s either been too windy or there’s been no wind at all. But for the most time it’s just been blowing like crazy, which isn’t ideal. We woke up excited to find a gentle breeze rolling into the bay. We […]
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