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Reflections of silence

    And here I am, my loved ones, once more in Fiskardo port. Nothing reminds you any more of the busy high season here, the dinghies, the masts and the crowds looking for souvenirs, restaurants or another drink. Silence prevails. A few giggles here, some fishes jumping there and some locals saying good bye to each other wishing a nice winter. There is always magic around at this time of the year. A nostalgia, a bittersweet smile and a hope that next season is not far. The last month and a half, we sailed around the Peloponnese, the Saronic gulf, passed the stunning Corinth canal and squeezed ourselves in small picturesque ports like the one in this picture. Speaking of which, you should bother visit Naupaktos city once and this little port. Unexpectedly enough, here you will find a statue of Miguel Cervantes, the famous Spanish writer of Don Kichote. Turns out that he was here to fight for his King and God against the Turks and lost his left arm. So, the locals remember and honour him in their way.
   This six weeks included numerous surprises, isolated villages, hidden natural ports, old style greeks who didn't change due to mass tourism and of course, extreme gastronomy tours! Discovering Peloponnese lead as well to lots of hiking. Who could resist to picturesque and full of aromas paths among ruins or live restored (or not) villages whose history exceeds our imagination? The castles of Mistra, Limeni, Monemvasia, Naupaktos and the  amazing Oracle of Delfi and Temple of Apollo are only a few to name!
    Sailing north today, planning to reach Preveza at some point this week to put "my way" on dry dock for the winter. We have less than two weeks to finish all our pre-winter maintenance jobs and cover her. This is an important stage as we need to spot all possible future failures and make sure they will never occur. Some sealing might probably be necessary as well, some fridges motors annual check, sails off, desalination, engines cleaning off salt water etc etc are some only of the jobs to mention. We will strip her off and give her a farewell kiss on the hull on your behalf as well before we say good bye. She has served us so well under all circumstances that she is rightfully considered a member of our family!
     From November onwards, we will be travelling around Europe, visit some expos etc and of course we will be often in our base, Kaiserslautern so , there you are, you all got yourselves an open invitation for a nice beer in Kaiserslautern to meet and catch up! 
"My Way" and the crew, we will both need this couple of months off duty to get some rest and plan next season carefully as from May onwards we will be sailing non stop from Greece to Caribbean and offer you the chance to sail in any country in between, any time and at any route without extra charges! The planet awaits, let's enjoy it!
Thank you for this lovely season. We look forward to see you next season too!
P.S. The following small video below, was captured in Paxos island when I was walking around and those guys singing was calling you! Enjoy!
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Some prepare for winter, we ain’t!

      Let every day people get in their autumn blues, we love it! September and up to Mid October the Mediterranean is your absolute destination for sailing! 
      Why chose September? The ports are not packed, the sailors at this time of the year are far more relaxed, the temperatures are not melting you down and the sea water remains comfortable for long snorkelling days! October on the other hand, if you chose destinations like Greece and Turkey could surprise you with a long shower but still the sun will be up warming you and the breeze steady. Many seasonal tavernas and bars might be closed but you will be getting all the attention from those who are still open as the owners are exhausted from the non stop working days of the previous five or six months and they are just now in the mood to meet you, talk to you and siga-siga bring your food or the next frozen beer. 
      Would you even think a better thing to do alone or with your kids before the freezing cold arrives and the schools open?
Extra reason to rent a boat within the next two months? Prices?! We are off high season and we have every reason to celebrate it. Low cost flights and super prices in otherwise pretty expensive yachts, are now offered to you helping you to make the most of your budget! 
What are you waiting for? Book today your tailored made autumn vacation with Ionian Breeze Worldwide Yacht Charter at www.ionianbreeze.gr 
                                                                                                                      Let’s sail! 
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Our July was stunning!

How could it not be when it starts with an isolated bay by George's beach bar and two thankful eyes offering you their own bio zucchini? That's how this lovely summers pasta was created. His father in law, brought them to us along with some more veggies as a form of thank you when we helped him fix his o/b engine. We stayed there for the night and a beautiful big brown happy cow was our morning company when we enjoyed our aromatic Nespresso coffee made with love onboard and served by the beach. We soon had to set sails for south, our next guest would be picked up from Zakinthos and thanks to our "lady" who knows how to perform, we sail downwind fast! When Martin arrived we couldn't resist to some quad rentals which as high season was already on had to be an XT, a 125cc scooter and a 325cc quad. 

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The Gods favor us!

        It was on the very first day our new guests arrived, i had this feeling something cool is gonna happen. A breeze of smiles and hapiness surrounded us from the first welcome hug and soon we became a team. One needs to work years in this field and experience lots of negativity to understand how important it is for your soul to meet nice normal people. Tommy, Otti, Kristine, Vasilis, Joe, Silke, Alex, Olivier, Nicole, Johan (can't name you all!)  and so many more enter our lives for a week and claim their space for ever. One night, i had a long interesting discussion with Otti about what sailing is. He told me "feelings". The discussion went on and on and days later i was still thinking about it. Feelings... Yes, Otti is right my fellow sailors! Sailing is all about feelings. So i started monitoring the feelings and here is what i came up with.

       You crawl in your comfy cabin bed and try to decide if you should stand up or stay there for a bit longer. You here the first pumps running, you pay a bit more attention and the sound of a coffee macchine leaves space for no more doubts. The gung is up and it's only minutes away that someone will put some lounge music on inviting you to join for a morning swim and then breakfast... Hmmm breakfast! Isn't that the best meal of the day? Calories do not hold you back as you still have a day ahead to burn them down! Well, maybe that's an excuse that works only for me yet i like thinking this way ;-) So usually a combination of english and continental breakfast with a touch of greek countryside flavors will fill up the table. The team sits around teasing each other for the usual hangover or maybe what one doesn't remember from the previous night. Midday is here, the promised breeze arrives and we set sails. Just in time to cool us down from the hot Greek sun. To leave some space for the sailors, i would normally take a fishing line and go to a corner. I never feel alone there as usually one more joins to share the exploring of fishing, one of my latest hobbies. I/we then usually need to stand the teasing of the non exhisting skills but we take it with pride and promise not to share with those who do not support! In between, Peter and the others fight over 0,5 knos to gain taking the mylar sails to their limit as they try to bit their imaginary regatta opponent. The minute they forgot about us the poor fishing people, a beautiful tuna family fish caught the bite! We are too exhited to hold back the screams and we make sure we bring our fishy up fast and make sure it suffers not. Lunch is served by a bay or on the way and we can't wait to reach our port for the night to ask a taverna owner to prepare our fish and celebrate our skills! With the touch of the sun on our skin and the love of the friendship filling our souls, we head for another beautiful dinner and the usual after drinks. Day after day, night after night we come closer, we open our hearts and this is exactly what sailing is all about my friends. Humanity and human beings! Love ya all! 

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Working hard!

     Yacht maintenance is probably the most important thing when it comes to sailing, safety and fun. All these things are absolutely connected and you cannot consider any of them possible without a very careful and high standards yacht maintenance. For us, costs and hard work are consider almost a pleasure when it comes to "My Way" as we know the outmost importance of a proper yacht when your life depends on it in the open water. This is why also our guests enjoy hassle free vacation and why we are so relaxed onboard focusing on the sailing itself rather than worrying over unecessary complications.

      There is no better feeling than trusting your boat! To give you a small insight, this season we had her railing removed to replace sika and ensure no water leaks will appear and  her keel off, to check and replace all inox bolts. The later is a job usually done on yachts when a damage or a water at bildges appears but should we wait for that it would be too late. When we sail, we need to trust our baby 100% and the more we take care of her, the more pleasure moments she gives back to us all! 

 

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