sailing Archive

  • Ondine going to Dry_Dock

    Now this is not the end

    It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Churchill was referring to the changing tide of the Second World War after vanquishing German troops in Egypt.   I’m using it because Ondine is on dry dock, […]

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    Swept Away

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:45 am I am woken up by the wind, it’s howling. Ondine is anchored off a beach called, Agios Prokopis, on the island of Naxos in Greece. Captain James is not on board, he’s  in New York.  My biggest fear when […]

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  • Ondine's Wake

    Wind me up

    We sailed from Naxos to Amorgos today.   Before we left, I looked at the weather forecast, plotted the course accordingly and left with two reefs in the main as the meltemi (the local north wind) was forecast to blow at 20-25 knots and that usually […]

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  • FI

    Change is Awesome

    Anyone looking for a great CEO, only very slightly damaged?  James is in United States on our first post Ondine reccy. It’s an odd feeling to think that the sun is starting to set on our grand adventure and to be contemplating life back on […]

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  • FI

    Our Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Naxos Greece. It’s 2am and I can’t sleep. I have ear squeeze, it’s painful and it’s keeping me awake.  James is a sleep with eight stitches in his head and wearing a really ridiculous bandage on his head, his new fancy (expensive) flashlight is on […]

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  • FI

    This Week On Board

      This week on board: * We had a lovely lunch at James’ favorite childhood taverna. * We went to Delos, birth place of Apollo and Artemis. ( Paloma was shocked by the Apollo to Artemis temple ratio ) * We sailed to Leros to […]

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    Greece: a brief political observation

    Greece, I grew up visiting here as a kid in the 1960s and 1970s (yes, I am that old).   I’ve always loved it, and the Greece I love is still here.  Of course the Greece that makes the headlines these days is the Greece whose […]

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  • FI

    This Week on Board

      This week on Board: *We sailed through the Corinth Canal to the Aegean. *We took thermal baths in Loutra on the island of Kythnos. *We felt the power of the Meltemi.  Even losing some clothes to it, oops. *We dropped off Lisa and Dave […]

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    Sailing Lessons

    In 2005 we met Emma-Kate and James in New York and we never saw them again until the day we rocked up, tiny toddlers in tow, at Marina del Sole in Cagliari.  They seemed happy enough for us to sail with them across the Tyrrhenian […]

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    The Atlantic Crossing: Coda

    If there was a beginning to our Atlantic Crossing, it was our sail from The British Virgin Islands to Bermuda.  And although we have been claiming the crossing from “North America” to “Europe” was done from Bermuda to the Azores (Portugal), it took us another […]

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