Posted by: Andy | November 9, 2013

Another Summer Afloat

One of the drawbacks of doing seasonal work is having to search for work on an almost permanent basis. Whilst doing ski seasons, by March, I am looking for a suitable yacht to spend my summer on. Last winter I wasn’t having a lot of luck so I carried on doing what I do in winter, skiing almost every day.

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My last day of skiing for the season was Wednesday the 10th of April. I had an epic day of powder and, despite spending four winters in the Espace Killy, found an amazing new descent on my final run.  To make things better, I returned home to an email from a 47m schooner in the Med about a possible position. Thanks to the fast moving nature of the industry, by the 16th I was already in Turkey and my summer adventure had begun.

I joined S.Y Gweilo in Fethiye in Turkey. Moving from the Alps to the Med is always an interesting transition and I swapped living in a snow covered ski town town to being by the sea in almost 30 Celcius. We spent the first few weeks getting the yacht ready after her winter of sitting on the dock. Once she was good to go we did a quick trip in Turkey before going to the North of Croatia for a three week charter finishing in Montenegro. In total, we clocked up almost 5000NM and visited; Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Italy.

S.Y. Gweilo - my summer residence

S.Y. Gweilo – my summer residence

My highlights included visiting Croatia and Montenegro which were both new countries for me. Signs of the, relatively recent, conflict are ever present in Croatia, from bullet holes in buildings to military structures in the hills and along its coast. This, combined with its incredible history stretching from the Romans to modern day Croatia, make it a fascinating country to visit. One of my favourite places there was the Island of Vis.

Vis is still heavily fortified and was the last Island to be reopened to the public after the war. During the war it served as the military command  centre for the country. The interior includes nuclear proof bunkers and missile silos and around the coast are multiple submarine tunnels. The tunnels were used to shelter and hide their submarines as well as for rearming them.

One day during our Croatian charter, I was talking to our principle charterer. He is an extremely wealthy man who has business interests in most time zones and industries. Consequently, he could never actually relax since something was always happening in his empire. On this particular day he was being quite chatty and down to earth. I asked him “where do Croatian pirates come from?” “HVARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH” Thankfully, he thought it was funny since no-one else aboard did. I put it to everyone else that they didn’t understand the comedy genius and explained it in the most patronising and belittling way possible many times. To this day I stand by my joke, it is a great joke, fact.

So if you have managed to read through all my waffle so far then you at least deserve some photos. In no particular order are some of my favourite photos of the summer.

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Submarine Tunnel entrance with military installation above and to the right of it

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Inside the submarine tunnel

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looking out the submarine tunnel

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Roman ampitheatre in Pula, Croatia

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Berthed in Cavtat, Croatia beside M.Y. Fair Lady owned by the Sainsbury family

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Corfu

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Cheeky chappy squeezing into a tight space on the fuel birth

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Emperors Palace in Split, Croatia

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Putting the sail covers on

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Sailing in Greece

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Anchored in Montenegro

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Church on a man made Island in Montenegro

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Kotor, Montenegro

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Tlos, Turkey

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Sunset in Turkey

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Tombs in Fethiye, Turkey

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Kaya Koy, Ghost Town in Turkey

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Our first chef hijacking a marching band in Corfu

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Corfu

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helping the yacht stay upright

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Istanbul

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Interior crew trying to escape


Responses

  1. beautiful photos!

    • thanks, got a new camera today so can hopefully get some better ones soon!

      • absolutely! where are you off to next?

  2. heading to Bermuda soon then down to Antigua, BVIs, Jamaica and Cuba. Not too sure after that, probably crossing Atlantic to Scotland and the Med but could even make an attempt at the N.W. Passage!


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