Sailing SY Liberation

Diaporos to Ammouliani

We had to leave Diaporos this morning (unfortunately!) as we are quickly running out of fuel and Ed has had enough of the wasps – we’ve given up the battle and just need to get out of here!  After having spent some time laying still, it took a few hours to get the boat back into a movable state – stowing and securing everything away, taking down the Fin Delta and working out how to fold it up again and giving the boat a good clean inside.  Ed also had to give the generator a service and oil change – as with all this usage we were well over the service period.  He also changed the filters in the water …….

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Diaporos Island – Halkidiki, Northern Greece

Diaporos has been a lovely haven of peace and tranquility for  most of the time – apart from hiding out from a storm one night, and the CONSTANT bombardment of speed boats (oh, and lets not forget the wasps!).  The island is tucked up in the Halkidiki peninsula (“Three Fingers”) in Northern Greece and has the channel to the mainland is protected by the fact that each entrance is fairly enclosed so it creates a sort of “inland sea”.  The area is beset with hazards – it’s extremely rocky and both the south and north entrances need to be navigated with care – not something to do at night!  Our CMap/Jepperson charts gave leading lines, and following those gave safe …….

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Kassandra Point to Diaporos

We woke quite early in Kassandra Point, which was hardly surprising given we were right out in the open, in front of a beach.  The Mantus had held perfectly – although there wasn’t really much wind to give it a real test.  We retrieved the anchor and left the bay around 10h45 intending to get to Porto Koufos on the next peninsula for the night.  There was nothing much to report with the journey – we traced our track backwards and had therefore seen it all the last time.  The wind was calm to start with and we were motoring – I had my laptop out in the cockpit and was happily catching up with some work.  Just before we …….

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Thessaloniki Marina to Kassandra Point

Departure from Thessaloniki didn’t go great …. 🙁 As planned we were up early and ready at the marina office when they opened – but we had to wait until the electrician could come along and read the meter, and disconnect the power supply so they can invoice the electricity consumption.  Grrr … nothing to do but wait.  In the end it didn’t take TOO long and we were all ready with the dinghy hoisted ready to go at 10h00 … so not too bad. Then disaster struck as usual …. !!  Ed was on the bow (unusually) because the lazy lines were extremely heavy, tied up in each other and pretty ancient – there was plenty of space in …….

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Thessaloniki Marina

After a week away staying in a luxury hotel in Amsterdam, it was a relief to be back home on the boat in Thessaloniki!  All these “luxuries” are all well and good – but I’ll take the luxury of our own boat any day of the week.  I missed the lap of the water on the hull, and being gently rocked to sleep – as well as my own decent shower, my own bed and having drinks and a kitchen on hand.  Can’t stand hotels!!!!  This must come from spending too much time in them in our previous life. The Dutch exams were a bit of a challenge but quietly confident they will be OK – unfortunately I have to …….

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Getting Liberation Ready for 2017

This year we have managed to get out to Greece much earlier than usual – thanks to our staff back in the Alps and the UK taking over a lot of things – and to the fact that Chris is able to work from the boat as needed.  We had a few projects to do this year so Ed’s plan was to be there early and have everything ready by the time I arrived. Ed arrived at Cleopatra Marina in Preveza on 7th April after taking the overnight ferry from Ancona to Igoumenitsa with our motor-home – the Anek Lines “camper deck” is pretty cool – as you stay in your van for the journey and can sleep in your …….

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