Early 2017 (Feb-April) we spent in Almerimar, Spain, to do an extensive refit on the boat (see separate article Refit Project – Almerimar).
Then June was the actual start of our sailing season for the year, with a technical stop in Palma, a short stop in Malta, and then three months in Greece. Cruising Greece has exceeded our expectations. We fell in love with Greece, especially with the unspoiled by tourists mainland coast.
We enjoyed the no swell anchorages (quite a difference in comfort, compared to Western Med, where we were rocking all the time). Sailing-wise we had some good days, but we did a lot more motoring than last year. At the end of September we left Greece from Santorini, and returned to Gibraltar via Palma (for yet another technical stop).
Full details and photos from our trips are on our Facebook page Sail Cloudy Bay
Syracuse to Corfu, 26-28 Jun
Scooter trip Corfu, 29-30 Jun
Corfu with Emma, 2-10 Jul
Corfu, Levkas, Cephalonia, 11-31 Jul
Cephalonia, Zakinthos & Ithaka, 1-8 Aug
Gulf of Corinth, 11-18 Aug
Delphi and mountains trip, 17 Aug
Athens, Evia island & Gulf of Volos, 19-26 Aug
North Sporades: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, 27 Aug-3 Sep
Sporades: Skiros, 3-5 Sep
Northern Cyclades: Andros, Tinos, Mikonos, 5-9 Sep
North & Mid Cyclades: Mikonos, Tinos, Delos, Paros & Naxos, 10-15 Sep
Cyclades: Mikonos, Paros, Ios, Thira; 16-25 Sep
Back home: Santorini to Gibraltar, 25 Sep-14 Oct
We are looking forward to return to Greece, for a much thorough exploration. But that will only be after we return from our big adventure around the world.