VIDEO: Greece to Malta passage

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Two nights and three days, or precisely 62 hours after dropping our lines early morning in Pilos, Greece, we were setting anchor in the darkness off old-town Valletta, Malta. Crossing the southern Ionian Sea from east to west was our longest passage to date, and likely the last until finally my darling departs the Mediterranean via Gibraltar later this year. Already somewhat behind schedule due ... Continue Reading

A lesser-travelled path via the Peloponnese

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With a sick passenger offloaded as we sat on the tarmac in Abu Dhabi and an aborted landing and recircle of Athens Airport – our already tight connection to a domestic Olympic Air flight had shrunk from 1.5 hours to barely 45 minutes. Following a weary 30 hours travel, I was mentally preparing myself to forgo our next flight, find storage for our heavy bags and book an expensive night at an Athens ... Continue Reading

Boy’s trip through Crete

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Hello! Col here again. The ladies are now back on board with us, and while we await suitable winds for our departure from Greece and passage to Italy, it’s perfect timing to update the new-look blog with our recent travels through Crete and neighbouring islands. I arrived back to Turkey on March 21st to complete our annual maintenance and oversee sanding back of the hull and application of ... Continue Reading

Side stepping to Rhodes and crew departures

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Back in early September and still unsure of restrictions imposed by the 180-day Schengen Visa (despite fruitlessly asking several ‘officials’) we had departed Greece a little prematurely for our liking. Having barely touched the surface of the Dodecanese Islands, we jumped at the opportunity to sail a beam reach west from near Gocek, Turkey to the historical walled city of Rhodes, Greece. The ... Continue Reading

Santorini, Ios and a final farewell to Greece

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Greetings from sizzling Turkey, where we are officially on the final leg of our trip for the 2013 European summer. Here in far western Turkey it still feels like deep summer with 30-degree days, breathless nights and clear, endless blue skies. One could not fathom being here with the boat during the scorching mid-season. Hosting our dear Canadian friends on board – Mike’s best friend from high ... Continue Reading

Late summer magic in the Mediterranean

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What a difference a week makes. With the end of summer officially drawing closer, the seasonal Meltemi wind may well be on its way out for the year. Our first few weeks in the Cyclades were sailing strong northerly winds, rolling seas and holding on tight in gusty anchorages. The last handful of days could not sit in greater contrast. We do love to sail but also felt blessed to finally experience ... Continue Reading

Meeting the Cyclades’ infamous summer Meltemi

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Having filled our dual 300 litre diesel tanks in Athens almost three weeks prior, the gauge was still reading full. Navigating a zigzag route through the sparsely laid out Cyclades group, we’ve taken full advantage of the prevailing northerly Meltemi wind. This came as a welcome change from the many hours and nautical miles motoring in the first half of our journey through the Eastern ... Continue Reading

Transiting the Corinth Canal and the road to Athens

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One could be mistaken for landing on another planet. The rocky, barren, inhospitable landscapes of Greece’s Cyclades Islands and her wind-swept seas could not exist in greater contrast to the calming green and aqua blue beauty of the western Ionian Islands we were recently care freely cruising. The infamous Meltemi summer prevailing wind has quickly taught us who is boss around these parts. ... Continue Reading

Beaches to impress a spoilt Aussie beach bum

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Still based off mainland Greece’s west coast, the two southern most Ionian Islands on our itinerary have easily been our favourites. With sheer towering limestone cliffs on their weather beaten west coasts, one each of Greece’s two most impressive beaches, the bluest of blue oceans and charismatic seaside villages and ports – there was plenty to love about the islands of Kefalonia and ... Continue Reading

Greece rolls out the welcome mat

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With summer now well underway, time continues to cruise by. We are close to five months onboard and already a full month in Greece. So quick to fall behind with updates given this is my first Greece blog post – but here we are! Our first week was occupied with milling around between anchorages off Gouvia and old Corfu Town on Corfu Island; setting up again with Greek phone numbers and internet, ... Continue Reading