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…

Entering the Dalmatian coast

We left my beloved Rovinj on the morning of 9th July and set course to an anchorage known as Portic. We had a beautiful upwind sailing, with smooth seas and fast speed. However, during our sail we saw a forest fire near Pula and we started a discussion about fires in the summer in the…

Christmas Special Edition

Following the Dutch tradition, we had our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, aka 24th December. The plan was simple but ingenious, we would all cook of one or two dishes and we would gather at Ben.nl boat and eat and drink all together. Despite the awful morning, where Jelle and I watched a catamaran sinking…

Portimao: The Lotus-eating City

Portimao is a convenient stop for many yachts, as it is an ideal location to either enter the Med or cross the Atlantic towards Madeira or Canary islands. However, most of the people going there, despite having many grand sailing plans, tend to just stay in the beautiful marina, bedazzled by the good weather, fresh…

Libra: The refurbishing

Although Libra was in a very good state, despite her old age (19 years old!), there were several things which needed adjustment, repair or even change. That was expected. However, the amount of work and skills needed was not expected at all! Nobody could really prepare me or Jelle for the cost or effort which…

No man is an island

Although sailing around with your partner may sound idyllic, sometimes you feel the need to discuss and see other people. Hence, when Babis and Ingrid said they wanted to visit, we couldn’t be happier!! The guys came last night with the car to Veere and Jelle picked them up with the dingy and brought them…

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The plan was simple. We wanted to visit Neeltje Jans park which was on the shore and we were anchoring. As usual, we took our dinghy to the shore. But the shore was nothing like a sandy beach!Big, slippery building blocks, full of grass and mud, perfect for a skilled rock climber…which I am not!…

50 Shades of Grey

Still in England, trying to get used to this grey weather, we left our anchorage spot north of the “Mersea Island” and sailed towards the “Osea Island”. We were lucky with the wind as we managed finally to sail, with quite some speed and we also witnessed a sailing regatta with some old “CK” English…