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2008 General Photographs

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October 2008

  • Fisherman (Aktium)
  • Ready to haul out
    Serafina sitting in the lifting bay waiting for the hoist.
  • Winter home
    Serafina being placed in her spot for the next 6 months. This is a large boatyard, built on a reclaimed marsh.
  • The view
    The view from the deck of the newest part of the boatyard to be reclaimed. The roller is still at work!
  • A final sunset
    A final sunset seen from our deck, looking out towards the Ionian Sea.
 

 

September 2008

  • Tom takes the helm
    Tom takes the helm of Serafina as we motor down the coast of Corfu, heading for Paxos Island.
  • Ewan takes a tumble
    Ewan takes a tumble, demonstrating his dubious diving skills.
  • A Whiter shade of pale
    The three of us head off for a swim in Gaios (Paxos)
  • Tom, Pan and Ewan
    Tom, Pan and Ewan pose in Pan and Theo's taverna in Gaios.
  • Synchronised swimming?
    The boys paying in the pool at the Paxos Beach Hotel
  • Sarah enjoys the fun
  • Theo, Tom and Pan
  • Will, George and Ewan
    Will, George and Ewan walking home from the Paxos Beach hotel.
  • Paxos Beach Hotel
  • Sailing Canoe
    Sailing Canoe seen entering the Lefkas canal from the open sea.
  • Patent Rat Guards
    Patent Rat Guards fashioned out of large fuel funnels. Sadly needed on some of these islands.
  • Quiet bay
    Quiet bay to ourselves on Megannissi Island.
  • Spot the helicopter
  • Stormy weather
    The scene in Vlikho Bay on the morning after the storm.
  • A chapel near Nidri
    A chapel near Nidri, beside Tranquil Bay
  • Lefkas Canal (1)
  • Lefkas Canal (2)
  • Lefkas Canal (3)
  • Lefkas Canal (4)
  • High Tech Navigation Marks
    High Tech Navigation Marks, Lefkas Canal
  • Lefkas Canal (5)
  • Lefkas Canal (6)
  • Lefkas Canal (7)
    The floating bridge.
  • Seaward entrance to Lefkas Canal
    Seaward entrance to Lefkas Canal (North end) which has silted up badly leaving little room between the sand bar and the ruins of a Venetian Fortress.
  • Dramatic sky
  • Dramatic sky (2)
  • Greek Lady
    Greek Lady in Sivota Bay.
  • Sivota (Lefkas Island)
    Sivota (Lefkas Island) has grown a lot since we used to call in here in 1980.
  • Pocket Rocket
    Preparing Pocket Rocket for the regatta.
  • Pocket Rocket's Crew
    Pocket Rocket's Crew and friends before the start
  • The Big Race
    Barrie showing the entire fleet a very clean pair of heels. Those are 90 boats that you can see in the distance over his shoulder!
  • Barrie and Alan
    Barrie and Alan (and a hostie)
  • Serafina showing her paces
    Serafina showing her paces to Barrie Neilson of Sailing Holidays.
  • Captains Cabin (Fiskardo)
    Tassos entertaining us and Barrie and Alan to lunch at the Captains Cabin (Fiskardo)
  • Iron Man?
    Iron Man? Barrie was very upset with these photos as we seem to have replaced him with a bloke with a big arse!
  • Yannis (Sivota)
    Yannis (Sivota) an old friend who still runs one of the larger tavernas in Sivota.
  • Sailing North to Paxos
    Sarah shows off her suntan.
  • Waterspout!
    Waterspout! This was in Lakka (Paxos) and the following pictures capture the event.
  • Waterspout (2)
    Waterspout! This was in Lakka (Paxos) and the following pictures capture the event.
  • Waterspout (3)
    Waterspout! This was in Lakka (Paxos) and the following pictures capture the event.
  • Waterspout (4)
    Waterspout! This was in Lakka (Paxos) and the following pictures capture the event.
  • Waterspout (5).
    Waterspout! This was in Lakka (Paxos) and the following pictures capture the event.
  • Waterspout (6)
    Yes that is a lightning bolt at the back, although actually in the distance.
  • Sunrise (Lakka Bay, Paxos)
  • Dropping in
    Damn things drop in everywhere! Entrance to Gouvia Marina, Corfu.
  • Jo and Sarah
    Jo and Sarah return from some retail therapy and sightseeing in Mourtos.
  • Name this fish?
    So who knows what type of fish this is?
  • Gift shopping
    Gift shopping in Gaios (Paxos Island)
  • Jo at the helm
    Jo at the helm, but it was hard for her to concentrate and chatter to Sarah!
  • Jo at the helm
  • Playing with the Hydrovane
    Playing with the Hydrovane, this is harder than everyone claims!
  • Gaios Harbour (Paxos)
    This is where Sarah and I first met.
  • Gaios Harbour (Paxos) (2)
  • Gaios Harbour (Paxos) (3)
  • Anti Paxos
    Jo and Sarah swimming in the fabulous blue waters of Anti Paxos.
  • Greek Fisherman
    Greek Fisherman at the entrance (North) to the Lefkas Canal.
 

 

August 2008

  • Marsala (1)
  • Marsala (2)
    Marsala. Sarah particularly liked this archway.
  • This is Sicily afterall.
  • Sciacca Harbour
    Sciacca Harbour, the yacht club is on the left.
  • Sciacca fishing Harbour
  • Uncharted!
    This little chap was not shown on any of our charts, paper or electronic!
  • Syracusa centre and cathedral
  • Syracusa centre (Ortiga) and cathedral (2)
  • Still in style
    Still in style is this old motor yacht that anchored near us in the bay.
  • Envy....
    Well we liked it, but then there are a lot of these beautiful yachts around.
  • Syracusa
  • Syracusa (2)
  • Syracusa (3)
  • Serafina at anchor
    Well here we are in Syracusa's anchorage with a few low profile friends.
  • Sarah calls home
    Sarah calls home from Syracusa.
  • Another low profile neighbour
  • Heading for Greece.
  • 3kgs Tuna
    3kgs Tuna for lunch and supper and lunch....
  • The real work..
    The real work starts with the gutting and filleting and cooking etc. as Sarah is keen to remind me!
  • Greek fisherman
    Greek fisherman off the entrance to Argostoli (Cephalonia)
  • Lefkas Bell tower (1)
    Lefkas Bell tower. Sarah really loves these structures erected following huge earthquakes.
  • Lefkas Bell tower (2)
    Lefkas Bell tower. Sarah really loves these structures erected following huge earthquakes.
  • Lefkas Bell tower (3)
  • Lefkas Bell tower (4)
  • Lefkas street
    Lefkas street, showing the extensive use of corregated iron in the reconstruction of the town.
  • Lefkas street (2)
    Lefkas street, showing the extensive use of corregated iron in the reconstruction of the town.
  • Venetion Fort at Vonitsa
    Venetion Fort at Vonitsa, built on the site of an earlier Byzantine Fort.
  • Firefighting (Preveza)
    Firefighting from the air. These seaplanes bomb the fires with water scooped up from the sea.
  • Seaplanes on Paxos
    Seaplanes run a regular service between Paxos, Corfu, Lefkas and the mainland.
  • Right of way?
    Right of way? Well in theory they do not have it, but....
  • Italian style
    Italian style, well Sarah thinks that this motor boat shows style.
  • Naok Yacht Club (Corfu)
    Naok Yacht Club (Corfu) where we moored to pick up Tom & Ewan when they flew in.
  • Naok Yacht Club (Corfu) (2)
    Naok Yacht Club (Corfu) with Serafina looking every inch a minnow!!
  • Corfu Citadel
    Corfu Citadel viewed at night from above Naok Yacht Club
  • Corfu street scene
 

 

July 2008

  • Sarah and Anne
    My sister Anne who lives in Sevilla and also has an apartment in Zahara. We spent the day with her there, before moving on to Gibralter.
  • Tuna Net Anchors
    Sarah has long felt that I have an anchor fetish, so we had to take this picture! This is at Barbate.
  • Tuna Nets at Barbate
    The entrance to Barbate is heavily congested by these endless Tuna nets. Very impressive, but a pain to get round!
  • Gibraltar ahoy
    Approaching Gibraltar from the Atlantic.
  • Babary Ape
    Barbary ape alive and well and guarding the entrance to the network of tunnels under the rock.
  • Barbary ape
    Barbary ape taking a big interest in us!
  • Fog (Levanter) in Gibraltar
    View of the fog (Levanter) in Gibraltar from half way up the Rock, close to the entrance the military tunnels that riddle the Rock.
  • The Hunter Family
    The Hunter Family, who joined us during their short visit to Gibraltar.
  • Sarah
  • Gibraltar
    View of Gibraltar as we sailed out into the straits, heading for the Med.
  • View over the stern
    Great sailing along the Costa del Sol
  • Venez-Malaga
    The evening sky at Velez-Malaga which is both pretty and a slight concern!
  • 300 metre Container ship
    300 metre Container ship turning under our stern, well that is what ended up happening, but we were a litle nervous at this point!
  • Cory Shearwater
    Cory Shearwater. These birds contastantly swoop around us and are a real joy to watch.
  • Cory Shearwater (2)
    Cory Shearwater. These birds contastantly swoop around us and are a real joy to watch.
  • Cory Shearwater (3)
    Cory Shearwater. These birds contastantly swoop around us and are a real joy to watch.
  • Another Dophin visit
    Another Dophin visit. Not as spirited as the ones out in the Atlantic, but always facinating to see them play alongside us.
  • Fireworks in Almerimar
    Fireworks in Almerimar. The Fiesta Virgen del Carmen is preceeded by daytime fireworks. H & S inspectors, look away now.....
  • Fireworks in Almerimar (2)
    Fireworks in Almerimar. Not sure that daytime fireworks work so well!
  • The Fiesta Virgen del Carmen
    The Fiesta Virgen del Carmen, marching band.
  • The Fiesta Virgen del Carmen (3)
    The Fiesta Virgen del Carmen
  • Sunset over Cabo de Gata
    Sunset over Cabo de Gata as we headed for Cartagena.
  • Sunset over Cabo de Gata (2)
    Sunset over Cabo de Gata as we headed for Cartagena.
  • Heading our way
    Heading our way to Cartegena was this Regina 42.
  • Arctic Sunrise (Greenpeace)
    Arctic Sunrise (Greenpeace) on patrol outside Cartagena Harbour. Not sure why she was on station here, but hope to find out!
  • Spanish Submarine
    Spanish Submarine leaving Cartagena.
  • Spanish Submarine (2)
    Spanish Submarine crew, enjoying the view from their deckchairs?
  • Cartagena Waterfront
    Cartagena Waterfront as viewed from the Marina
  • Mini Felucca racing
    Mini Felucca racing in the harbour at Cartagena
  • Approaching Greenwich Marina (Spain)
    Approaching Greenwich Marina (Spain) where you can see the town up above and its approaches.
  • Superyacht in Greenwich Marina
    Superyacht in Greenwich Marina (Southern Spain)
  • Ibiza
    Ibiza. This rock off one of the bays is not unlike a statue of Queen Victoria...perhaps.
  • Ibiza (2)
  • Pedalo, Ibiza
    Pedalo, Ibiza. Now that look like it might be more fun than the usual things.
  • Rare photo of Rob
    Here I have our old camera as the nice new one (my birthday present?) has been taken over briefly by Sarah!
  • Dolphin
    Dolphin caught in action. Might be getting the hang of this! Harder now to get pictures of them as they are very shy in the Med.
  • Serafina at anchor in Mahon (Menorca)
    Serafina at anchor in Mahon (Menorca). This was a great anchorage in the approaches to Mahon.
  • Anchorage near Mahon
  • Sunset over Mahon
    Sunset over Mahon as we set out for Sicily.
  • Superyacht approaching Mahon
    Superyacht approaching Mahon. Yes those dots are full size people!
  • The one that got away.
    The one that got away. You need to read the log about all this!
  • Sharks
    Sharks circling the large tuna we had caught and were busy reeling in.
  • This one did not get away
    This one did not get away or get eaten by sharks!
  • This one did not get away
  • Landed
    Well we got it on deck which was a start.
  • 15kgs of fresh tune (33lbs)
    15kgs of fresh tune (33lbs) weighs a lot when you hold it up! Luckily Sarah had just bought some fishing scales (to weigh gas bottles!) so we were able to see how big this beauty was.
  • Fresh tuna lunch (1)
  • Fresh tuna lunch (2)
  • Fish cakes
    Day three and tuna is getting a bit repeitive! Sort of like Christmas and all the re-incarnations of turkey! However, it does showcase Sarah's talents as a cook and improvisor.
  • Close to Sardinia
    Close to Sardinia and about the time our entire navigation system crashed.
  • Hazards off Trapani (Sicily)
    Hazards off Trapani (Sicily) include these fast moving boys. No time to calculate constant bearings etc.
  • Approaching Trapani (Sicily)
    Approaching Trapani (Sicily). this small island is one of many guarding the approach.
  • Trapani City centre
    Trapani City centre. This turned out to be a great place although quite hard to find our way around.
  • Trapani (Sicily)
    Trapani (Sicily) viewed from the fishing harbour.
  • View from Erice
    View from Erice which is the town on top of the mountain that overlooks Trapani.
  • Erice
    Erice. One of the forts protecting this hilltop town.
  • Erice.(2)
    Erice. Another of the forts protecting this hilltop town.
  • One of Erice Churches
    One of Erice Churches, of which they have rather a lot for so small a town.
  • Another of Erice Churches
  • Erice (3)
  • Norseman 90
    Norseman 90, our neighbour in Trapani.
 


June 2008 - Rally Portugal from Plymouth to Lagos (Portugal)

  • Bouzouki in the fog
    Bouzouki (Beneteau 51) appears in the fog off the coast of Portugal
  • Santiago de Compostelo
    The cathedral to which thousands make the pilgramage every year.
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    The swinging of the huge Botafumeiro is the highlight of any visit to Santiago, although they only perform this a few times a year.
  • Dolphins playing alongside Serafina as we passed down the coast of Portugal
    Dolphins playing alongside Serafina as we passed down the coast of Portugal.
  • Dolphins playing alongside Serafina as we passed down the coast of Portugal.
    Dolphins playing alongside Serafina as we passed down the coast of Portugal.
  • Dolphins playing alongside Serafina as we passed down the coast of Portugal.
    Dolphins playing alongside Serafina as we passed down the coast of Portugal.
  • Sarah carefully cleaning the teak decks after our crossing of the Bay of Biscay.
    Sarah carefully cleaning the teak decks after our crossing of the Bay of Biscay.
  • Crossing Biscay
    two and a half days sailing and motor sailing from Plymouth to Bayona (Spain).
  • Sarah saves the day
    6.00 pm off the coast of France. Sarah dived 4 times to remove this bit of discarded netting from our propellor.
  • Racing against Bali Hai
    Bali Hai (Moody 49) draws away from us with the advantage of a Cruising Chute!
  • Statues in Pavoa
    Statues of the fishermen's wives in the town of Pavoa (Portugal).
  • Party time on Bali Hai
    Another party on the all time great party boat (and crew) Bali Hai.
  • Blond Moment
    Blond Moment (HR 41) powering along with their Parasailor Chute.
  • Oporto
    View across the rooftops of Oporto from the Taylors Port Lodge.
  • Sardine BBQ
    Rally Portugal 2008 - Everyone enjoying a Sardine BBQ at the marine in Figueira de Foz.
  • Race start
    Not one of our better starts!
  • Race preparations
    The crew of Sealion caught drinking coffee whilst most crews were out partying!
  • Hanging around
    Ray and his sone Robbie carrying out repairs to the radar dome on Blue Beyond's mast.
  • Under sized facilities?
    Ray find a toilet that is too small even for him!
  • Sines Marina
    View from the town of the new marina at Sines (Portugal).
  • Lunch in Sines
    Jackie and Bob and the crew of Arwen always are a guide to a good eating establishment.
  • Lunch in Sines (2)
    So we had lunch in the same restaurant. Here with Max, Mark, Ray and Bev.
  • Mobile sculptures in Lagos
    A wonderful display of mobiles on a roof top in Lagos (Portugal).
  • Mobile sculptures in Lagos
    Mobile sculptures in Lagos
  • Mobile sculptures in Lagos
    Mobile sculptures in Lagos
  • Mobile sculptures in Lagos
    Mobile sculptures in Lagos
  • Sealion surfing
    Sealion surfing along in nearly 40 knots of wind off Cape St Vincent
  • Sealion surfing
    Sealion surfing along in nearly 40 knots of wind off Cape St Vincent.
  • Sealion surfing
    Sealion surfing along in nearly 40 knots of wind off Cape St Vincent
  • Serafina under way!
    Serafina rounding Cape st Vincent in nearly 40 knots of wind. Full set of these pictures are shown on the 'Sailing photos' page.
  • Serafina shows the way
    Serafina rounding Cape St Vincent ahead of 'Vision' a 50ft steel yacht. Full set of these pictures on 'Sailing Photos' page.
  • Pirates of Norfolk
    Crew of Blue Beyond ready to party on arrival at Lagos Marina at the end of the Rally Portugal 2008.
  • Lagos old town
    The old part of Lagos is very attractive in marked contrast to the new bit!
 

 

 

 

 

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