Sailing SY Liberation

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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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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