"For Boats, even the uglier ones, are among the loveliest creations of man’s hands, and though owning them brings a train of debts, hangnails, bruises, bad frights, and all kinds of worries not experienced by those who content themselves with more practical vices, the relation between man and his boat is as personal and intimate as the relation between husband and wife" - DESMOND HOLDRIDGE

Month July 2019

Good buy Greece ?

With only two days before our departure from Greece, rather than stay in our seductive snug anchorage in Lakki, we felt we should explore more of the islands, or at least, more of Paxos.  Gaios was much vaunted and our… Continue Reading →

Bureaucracy

This is a very tedious paragraph so, if you have no appetite for a rant against bureaucracy, skip to the next para. So, having failed to register to pay the new Greek cruising tax (since May this year and called… Continue Reading →

Patience

There is no accounting for the tastes of the ‘dark side’ of the boating fraternity and by that I mean the owners of ‘stink pots’ – motor boats. To be fair, I have learnt from a sailing friend of mine… Continue Reading →

Anchored alone

Our passage to Corfu was just a slog under engine. We ran the main up and it may have helped in the very light winds but they dropped away so that just our making way under the engine resulted in… Continue Reading →

Inflation

Entering Otranto harbour , we were told by universal sign language to ‘sling our hook’ so that is exactly what we did. The harbour wall was uninviting in any case and there was plenty of room to ‘sling our hook’… Continue Reading →

Avoidance

For the next phase of my summer sailing adventure I am accompanied by Dave Wright who has sailed with me regularly since 1999 when 5 fathers and their young sons from the rugby club had a memorable holiday on my… Continue Reading →

Extrication

It would appear that the Email notifications have been intermittent and you may have missed some missives – I bet you are mortified and desperate to check to see what you have missed…… The prospect of the morning manoeuvres didn’t… Continue Reading →

Trapped

We have nothing but pleasant memories of Milna, it was a quaint seemingly unspoilt place with a friendly reception from all the locals we met. Having a 50 mile passage to undertake to Korcula, we favoured an early start. Bob… Continue Reading →

Anchored

A leisurely departure from Trogir and an un-taxing day of only 18 miles meant that I could justify a lunch stop at ANCHOR ! Offering Bob the advantage of a swim in the incredibly clear waters, my argument carried the… Continue Reading →

Oompah

The Night Clubs within bass range of Hejira went on until 4am. I have to say that I felt for Bob in the bow and I have to admit that in the master cabin at the stern, I was not… Continue Reading →

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