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November 1, 2016

We have decided to stay in Club Reial Club Maritimo de Barcelona.  The marina couldn’t be more downtown, has a wonderful club house, great gym, and super nice people running the place.  The downside is cost.  For our 13.5 meters we are paying just over 5000 euros to be here.  Most cruisers don’t stay in places this expensive but we decided we wanted to be right in town and it was cheaper than getting a flat and putting the boa...

October 22, 2016

As October is in full swing we needed to get moving west toward Barcelona.  Our first stop will be Malta, some 475 miles from Rethimno Crete.  Our first night was awful, wind on the nose and a crappy sea state.  So we were close hauled and bouncing all over.  We managed a little sleep and by sunrise the sea state had calmed down and we were sailing along at 6 knots.  Day two we sailed half of it, then motored as the winds were...

September 30, 2016

We only have a certain amount of time before we are planning to be in Barcelona, and its still another 1000 miles plus away, so off we went.  We had a great sail south with winds on the quarter at 20 knots.  We arrived Rethymno Crete at 9 in the morning expecting to stay just a few days and then move on to Chania, a little further west.  We both caught up on sleep the first day then went into town to explore.  We were surprise...

September 30, 2016

Back on the water

We arrived back in Athens after a miserable no sleep 9 hour flight and both have been trying to overcome the jet lag.  I am just getting back to a decent sleep pattern after 5 days.  We spent very little time back in Athens as we had to leave the marina or we were going to get charged for a full second month we were told.  Our plan was to spend the next several weeks in the Cyclades (Kick la deez).

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September 14, 2016

Our time in the US was fantastic.  We arrived and stayed in the city for one night as we had appointments at Tribeca Medspa www.tribecamedspa.com for some pampering and much needed skin care.  We left the city and went straight up to Newport RI for the folk fest where we met with my sister Joan, b in law Kirk, and their friends Bill and Denise.  Great 2 days of awesome music and then we left for Truro Cape Cod for a week.  Bea...

June 25, 2016

Fiskardo Mayhem
There were several options for docking, or anchoring (med style with a line ashore).  We chose to anchor with a line ashore.  We figured we could swim off the boat easier, have more privacy, and not be right next to the loud water front tourist town.  I really struggle with distances when performing this maneuver, probably much more than Jess.  The trick is to drop enough chain to be secure with proper scope an...

June 17, 2016

Mike and Patty arrived at 11pm, after a super long travel day.  Starting in Bolton New York they drove an hour to Albany, flew to Newark

and had a lengthy lay over.  Then that evening flew to Rome, had a two hour lay over, then on to Athens.  They had a four hour lay over in Athens, and then flew to Zakinthos.  Here they took a taxi to our port which was another hour and twenty minutes.  We felt terrible about the travel arrang...

June 9, 2016

We had kind of a week off between the Moms.  Jessica’s mom, Patty, and her beau Mike were arriving in Zakinthos, about 100 miles to our south.  We stayed one more night at Mandraki so we could catch the NW wind to Levkas, about 60 miles away.  Finally we had a very nice sail with good wind most of the way.  We had to enter a small canal and wait for a drawbridge that opens on the hour, until 7pm.  We arrived at 6:45 and jockey...

June 1, 2016

All in all, we had a wonderful time with the kids. David was with us for 3 weeks, his girlfriend Charlotte for 2 weeks, and Grace and her boyfriend Kevin for 2 weeks. The time flew by and it seemed too quiet after they were gone. We only had 4 days before our next guest, my mom would arrive. So we planned to dash to Albania, only 10 miles from Corfu town to Sarande Albania. Here in Sarande we booked an agent for 70 euros and h...

May 2, 2016

Trapani and East
We anchored just under an old fort at the entrance to the harbor.  Trapani has a relatively attractive waterfront with the real beauty lying on streets just behind the marina district, the old quarter.  This area has wide boulevards which are Spanish Baroque mixed with arabic/moorish style architecture.  Beyond this little area, the construction is not so attractive.  We were more interested in the small mount...

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