Beth and daughter Kat joined Scotty, Kristine and Ken to cruise the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Paperwork was done at commercial run down ports, not much of a cruiser crowd coming to these islands. Found a slip at a high-end Bonaire resort – lots of fun, with pools and bars. After a week, arrived at the Renaissance marina in Aruba – site of the 2013 Grateful Red Party.
Donley Cruise – Cres to Corfu After the low wind ORC regatta the new crew of Beth, Brian and Kat brought wind with them. The Donley cruise was from the island of Cres, Croatia to Corfu island in Greece. Five hundred miles of sailing with such famous islands as Losinj (had a nice swing bridge), Dugi Otok (the long island), the Kornati archipelago – a Croatian national park of over 140 islands and finally the island of Vis – the last of the Croatian islands. A quick overnight and the Grateful Red was in Greek waters. When the Greek god Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra he abducted her to the island of Corfu to be certain no other god saw her and they would have martial bliss. Wonder if this strategy worked. The capital of Corfu is the city of Corfu – a city from when Greece ruled the world. Jumbled streets, small shops and a terrific night light. Perfect place to stop and change crew.
The French Riviera, Cote d’ Azur. The crew of Brian, Beth, Paul, Matt, Ann Marie, Vicki and Ken sailed San Remo (the Italian Riviera), Cannes (where we met up with Grateful Red sailor Dan Neely), Antibes, San Raphael and finally back to San Tropez. Got lucky to find the last slip in the downtown San Raphael marina and spent time in the old city.
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