LOG – 18 Sept 2020

For us 2020 felt a bit like looking both ways before crossing the road, and then getting hit by an aeroplane! We’d left a ‘business as usual’ Manchester to fly to Greece, but almost overnight everything changed. On arrival to Samos (14 March) we weren’t required to quarantine, however, the very next day Greece went into full lockdown and it with the blink of an eye it became essential for all new visitors – we decided this applied to us too.

Three agonising months went past, with varying degrees of lockdown life. We spent every day weighing up the variables, flights, case numbers, political stability, resources, Brexit, Caladh, personal and public health risks – you name it, we had a decision tree for it! Eventually a short window presented itself and we were incredibly lucky to be able to safely move Caladh, and crew, closer to the mainland (and ultimately home!).

We sailed from Samos to Athens, and then South through the Peloponnesus, dodging tourists and minimising trips ashore as much as possible. In the end, it was a season of incidental sailing, amongst a deluge of uncertainty and global crisis. We had some sublime moments despite the madness, but ultimately finding safety and being close to family and friends was all that really mattered.

We will return when it’s safe to do so, we don’t know when yet, but as always we’ll keep you posted!  Check out The Sailing Nomads YouTube channel to see and join in the adventure for yourself.

The Sailing Nomads Route Map
Our track so far

Key Updates:

  • Start Date: 19th July 2018 at 14:18 hours
  • Start Location: Aktio Marina, Preveza, Greece
  • Total Nautical Miles: 2,870 (updated 12th Nov 2020)
  • Ports Visited:
    • Greece: Preveza, Vonitsa, Lefkas, Meganisi, Palairios, Nidri, Kalamos, Vathi, Atheras, Lixouri, Argostoli, Pessades (Kefalonia), Zakynthos, Messalonghi, Patras, Trizonia, Corinth, Corinth Canal, Korfos, Angistri, Epidaurus, Aegina, Palaia Fokaia, Kythnos, Syros, Paros, Amorgos, Levitha, Patmos, Lipsi, Arki, Samos, Agathonisi, Furnoi, Ikaria, Mykonos, Pelopennesus
    • Sicily: Siracusa, Pozzallo, Marina Di Ragusa, Portopalo
  • Longest Passage: 272 nautical miles
  • Top Speed (over the ground) Under Sail: 8.5 knots
  • Top Wind Speed: 42 knots
  • Tallest Seas Encountered: 2.5 meters

Broken Parts:

  • x2 domestic batteries 
  • x2 toilet pumps
  • saloon clock
  • handle on the tender
  • x1 jerry can
  • toilet roll holder
  • fuel gauge
  • holes in upholstery
  • x2 main sail sliders
  • x2 stanchion bolts
  • ‘bad fuel’ = engine failure
  • screws loose 
  • galley sink pipes clogged
  • fuel lift pump gasket perished
  • cabin LED gone
  • galley LED light 
  • x1 wind generator blade
  • start battery
  • packing in the stern gland
  • x1 fairlead
  • x1 lost fender (Brenda… RIP)
  • outboard fell in water (rescued)
  • x2 bilge pumps
  • leather steering wheel cover

LOG – 19 July 2019

We are currently in the Aegean, doing our best to hide out from the strong Meltemi winds and sail short island hops when we can! The wind has been stronger than we expected, but some of the locals have told it has been particularly windy too.  With two passages under our belt from Greece to Sicily and back again, we don’t have a huge distance to cover to reach our 2019/20 winter destination.  So we are enjoying meandering between islands and understanding the nuances of the different islands.