Octopus drying in front of an Ouzo bar in Lipsi, Greece
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We are cooling our heels, anxiously waiting to get back aboard! Meanwhile, Moira is on the dry and undergoing major refit work.
Our goal is to get her ready for blue water cruising by next spring.
Some of the projects include fitting solar panels and a wind generator to make her as much energy self-sufficient as possible. Electronic navigation equipment gets an upgrade with a chart plotter and AIS.
The mast will be fitted with steps to be able to climb it more easily and one winch will be electrified. An inverter will be installed for all 220V needs, such as my sailing seamstress wanting to zip away on her sowing machine ;-)
Touring the Dodecanese for two weeks, 235nm
Itinerary: Didim - Lipsi - Patmos - Leros - Kalimnos - Bodrum - Nisiros - Symi - Knidos - Didim
Great sailing weather with strong Meltemi (Aegean wind from the NW) and pleasant temperatures awaits us. The first day it blows at 25 to 30 knots - we decide to stay in port and spare our stomachs.
But the next day we are off to Lipsi with the wind abeam and start our island-hopping through the Greek islands.
The more south we sail the warmer the weather and the lighter the winds. Arriving in Symi we experience a few days of summer yet again (air 85 F, water 75 F). We are fueling up for the cold winter!
Highlight: Nisiros, The volcanic island with its spectacular caldera and the cute whitewashed villages on the edge of the crater has us fascinated.
Oh, and then there is Symi. We will be back!
At sea from July 6 until August 1, 2014
Itinerary: Didim - Samos - Sigacik - Sarapdere - Cesme - Khios - Ouinousses - Plomari - Mithimna - Bademli - Föca - Ayvalik - Mithymna - Sigri - Phournoi - Arki - Patmos - Lipsi - Didim
565 nm (1050 km)
Our plan is to avoid the Meltemi, the prevailing strong summer wind from the NW by sneaking up the Turkish west coast going north, round Lesbos and head south again taking advantage of the wind. A good plan, as it turns out with less and less yachts the further north we go.
With our guests we pass some great sailing days full of sunshine, warmth, and wind. Bathing in the warm Mediterranean, snorkeling, SUP (stand up paddling), and on exciting land trips with shopping and sightseeing.
The last two weeks we spend just the two of us - me make a good team at sea as well!
From the decision to buy this gorgeous yacht until the takeover three long months pass, but finally a new stage of my life is about to start! - hands on
For an entire day the pre-owner goes over the whole yacht with me: Engine, generator, water maker, and navigation electronics - to master all this technical equipment is a frightening task. But I am enthralled by the yacht and its excellent condition. It was well taken care of during its first ten years.
A few days to familiarize myself with everything onboard, but then: my first outing by myself: Outside the harbor I practice backing up under engine, not so simple without a bow thruster. On I go under sail: My first impression of the boat: She knows how to sail, it is me who has to learn to sail with her!
My second, at full speed standing at the bow: This is why I sail, this is freedom!
Claudia and Tara, my partner and daughter arrive in Didim and are excited about the new boat as well. The next day we head for the gulf of Gökova, stopping in Gümüslük. The Turkish are masters in packing as many umlauts into a word as possible.
Next stop is Alakisla-Bay, a beautiful quiet cove, where we anchor. The next day we find out the anchor is so perfectly stuck under a split rock that my only option remaining is to cut the chain. Claudia calls it an offering to the sea, easily said for her: She need not buy a new anchor and chain for some 600€!
Our final destination is Karacasögut (don't try pronouncing it), where the dedicated people of Global Sailing Academy do a great job in showing kids and teenagers how to sail.
On the way back we stop in Turgutreis Marina, where we meet a Turkish couple, who own a HR 43 almost identical to ours. They are getting ready to set out on a round-the-world cruise. Maybe we will follow in their wake soon?
Auf dem Rückweg stoppen wir in der Turgutreis Marina, wo wir ein türkisches Paar kennenlernen, die eben ihre HR 43 fit machen für eine Weltumsegelung. Vielleicht folgen wir ja auch bald in deren Kielwasser?
Claudia and Tara have successfully passed their sea baptism and are enthusiastic which in turn is a great joy for me!