A bridge too far

On the morning of 18th September, we set sail to Itea. We had the most wind so far, with gusts up to 30knots, but with one reef and some careful steering from Jelle, we did beautifully! We also crossed the Rio-Antirrio bridge, one of the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges (2880 meters long!), a very…

Melt (emi) down

They say that a cruiser’s plan is written in sand at low tide, forever changing with the tides. And in our case, it could not be further from the truth. We never planned to sail to Euboea. We never planned to cross Euboea. And moreover, we never thought that crossing it would take us almost two weeks…

Libra’s Odyssey

It took Odysseas 20 years to return to his beloved Ithaca from Troy but we hoped for a much shorter trip considering we started from Meganisi and we wouldn’t encounter any witches, mythical creatures and Poseidon’s Fury. Indeed, it took us a few hours of beautiful upwind/half wind sailing and speed that even reached 7.5…

Kerkyra, Kerkyra me to Pontikonisi

Yes, the time had come to complete our first ( with Elena) long sailing trip, meaning to sail through the night! We made the boat ready, cleaned it well, and mentally prepared for our more than 180NM trip! And what a trip it was! We cleared the customs in Bar, Montenegro on Wednesday, 25th August,…

The Black Mountain

Our sail to Montenegro was anything less than spectacular and by that, I mean we motored all 25 miles into the Bay of Kotor. We did manage to sail one WHOLE hour inside the bay, which was quite exciting as we were going with 7.5 knots(!) but we soon had to stop in Zlenika and…

King’s Landing & Pool Bars

On 14th August we left the beautiful Saplunara bay, not unwillingly cause the swell did not guarantee us a good night’s sleep and headed to Dubrovnic, our last stop in Croatia. Dubrovnic is majestic. Yet another UNESCO heritage city, it’s surrounded by medieval walls, steep and narrow streets,, and sparkling waters. We managed to anchor…

Meeting the Jovicas

Before we left Hvar, we had talked with George, the father-in-law of Jelle’s sister ( yes, I know, all this family stuff is confusing) and he would be in Croatia the same period we would be! Unfortunately, we could not sail all the way to Metcovic where he was based but we settled for Blace,…

Hvar-e are we?

Sailing to Hvar was pure joy, with light winds of 10 knots but half-wind so we reached 6 to 6.5 knots of speed! The weather predictions were of strong westerly winds and afraid of the possible swell in the port of Stari Grad ( still the awful swell of the Supertar port lingered in our…

UNESCO heritage sites? Check!

Preko was exactly opposite Zadar so after less than an hour on the motor, we arrived. However, the marina in Zadar was full so we had to go to the other marina, a little further. D-Marina Borik had finger berths, laundrette, hot showers, super helpful and friendly staff- pure luxury! It also cost 140 euros…

Navigating in Istria

Our very first sailing trip for 2022 was between Koper, Slovenia, and Umag, Croatia. During this 4,5- hour trip, we crossed countries and sailed 20NM. It was not a lot, but it was so great to be in the water again, to feel the sea breeze in your hair and the taste of salt on…