A final Blue Cruise
It felt like a final “Blue Cruise” as we sailed from Bodrum last month, August, but it is not really as we will be returning shortly from Sardinia.
It has been a great season so far, our most recent trip was especially exciting, sailing approximately 250 miles from Bodrum to Crete, keeping in front of the howling Meltemi winds as they chased us from Kos, Kalimnos, Astipalaia and Thira to our destination. The winds caught up with us as we approached the Island of Crete and kept us tucked in our bay for a few days as the waves foamed around us and we thanked our lucky stars we were not bouncing about for the final 60 mile crossing in the force 9 beyond the shore.
The departure itself was a challenge as the Turkish officials in Bodrum decided that we suddenly did not have the right paperwork to leave the country – even though K8 has been sailing here since late 2009….and we were delayed another day before the appointed agent managed to find a mutually convenient solution.
But once we got going the beauty of the islands we visited soon dispelled the initial concerns and the warm welcome in Kos was a breath of fresh air.
The conditions were optimal, during the trip we managed to have a few refreshing dips in the clear blue seas, peek into some breath taking anchorages, get Kealoha up and charging along at 10.8 knots and still enjoy some tasty dining aboard and ashore.
We had the pleasure of welcoming all the Hislop family on board which was particularly special for me as Victoria Hislops book, The Island, is set on Crete and we sailed all together to Spinalonghi and sheltered from the wind for a lunch at anchor.
Kealohas’ biggest fan reunited
From Crete we traveled to Corfu where K8 had some TLC and met up with K8s biggest fan – David. From Corfu the days flew by and before we knew it we had arrived in Sardinia and prepared for the Oyster Regatta.
Sardinia 2010, The 25th Oyster Regatta
Over 30 Oyster yachts joined together to celebrate the 25th Oyster Yacht Regatta in Sardinia at the Costa Smeralda Yach Club on the North East coast. A special occasion and a special location. The yacht club and old port ooze sophistication and underline the quality that Oyster put into their boats and into their overall organization which has been awe inspiring.
The racing has been exhilarating and it has been wonderful to meet new crews and see the variety of Oyster yachts. The K8 crew of Phil, James, Tim, Richard, Colin, Ben and Kate worked very hard for Helmsman and owner David, they donated some sweat and blood and Kealoha sailed proudly in her class with some exciting tactics, a close rock encounter and sadly a ripped spinnaker. The after race entertainment has been second to none and the signature spacious cockpits on many Oyster boats have been well proven very apt for multiple impromptu drinks gatherings. Whatever the results of the racing, the event has been a complete success from Kealohas’ perspective as we have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.