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Welcome to my Motor Cruising Diaries
2010 - 2012: Falmouth to the Med

Cruise 2011  "From Falmouth to Menorca"
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The Start - 2010 in FALMOUTH, UK

'Tarilian' is a Trader 535 Signature, a traditional 53.5ft (16.3m) semi-displacement flybridge motor cruiser with spatious aft cabin and aft deck.
I bought the boat from her first owner and had her refurbished and upgraded in Falmouth. Tarilian had spent her time cruising in Spain, so was generally equipped for Mediterranean cruising. 
More details and photos of the boat are on my Tarilian Trader535 page.

Here are a few images from the first season we had the boat in Cornwall.

Tarilian is being launched, after her long storage at Falmouth Yacht Brokers' yard, in May 2010.

On a visitor pontoon in Fowey, July 2010

View from the fly-bridge over Fowey harbour

Jane watching yachts racing in the Pendennis Cup as they round the Menacles buoy.

'Family yacht'. Suits the grandchildren and has got a bathing platform waiting for the right weather.

With new covers, preparing to go to sleep in late autumn.

Stored ashore at Falmouth Boat Yard. Being lifted in the course of stern gear work in spring.

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April 2011


The new season has started and the boat is, after a few complications, ready to go.

Tarilian in Port Pendennis marina, on the morning of departure

On Easter Sunday, April 24th, we set out from Falmouth for our journey 180deg South. April 25th, after a direct crossing of nearly 30 hours we arrive at La Rochelle.
The plan had been to transfer the boat to La Coruna, but crossing the bay of Biscay the following night we encounter a serious technical problem on one engine's turbo, and decide to approach the nearer port of Santander. Here the boat will stay in the secure marina and be serviced by Volvo engineers to be ready for our long summer cruise.

In June 2011 we start our journey from Santander to the Med, following the Atlantic coast around the Iberian peninsula.

The first part along Galicia's coast includes visits to its Rias; then all the way South along the Portuguese coast, visiting Porto and Lisbon; subsequent highlights include the Algarve, finally reaching Andalusian Spain and our intermediate destination of Gibraltar in July.
Based on my
blog at the time, I put together a cruise report of the journey with photos.

View the first part of the cruise report,
Log 2011  Part 1 "Falmouth to Gibraltar" (pdf 11MB).

       Log 2011  Part1

In August Jane and I return to Gibraltar and set out for the second part of our 2011 journey to the Med. This leads us along the
Costa de Sol and Costa Blanca to the Balearic Islands, with the final destination of Menorca.

Here is the second part, Log 2011  Part 2  "Gibraltar to Mahon"(pdf 13MB).

Log 2011  Part 2

After a long and exiting journey the destination for 2011 is reached, Tarilian is berthed at Marina di Mahon

At anchor in Taulera cove, Mahon (Menorca)

Over the winter Tarilian stays at Pedro's Boat Yard in Mahon.

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We return to Mahon in spring 2012 and continue our journey East across the Med: From Menorca to Alghero, along Sardinia's North coast to Olbia, visiting La Maddalena and the Costa Smeralda, finally across to Sicily.

In July we return to the boat and spend a few days in and around Palermo.

Our cruise Menorca to Palermo in May/June 2012, and the visit to Palermo in July, are documented in
Log 2012 "Mediterranean Voyage" Part 1  (pdf 10MB).

Log 2012 Mediterranean Voyage Part 1

In August Jane and I return to Palermo to continue our cruise to the Aeolian islands and, through the Messina strait, to Sicily’s Etna region.
Then along Italy's Ionian coast towards the Strait of Otranto, and following Italy’s Adriatic coast North.
Finally, from Vieste, across the Adriatic sea to the Dalmatian islands and the mainland of Croatia, our target destination.


In early September we complete our journey on schedule, and berth Tarilian permanently in Central Dalmatia.


Here is the documentation of the second part of this year's journey, Palermo to Primosten,
Log 2012 "Mediterranean Voyage" Part2 (pdf 10MB).

Log 2012 Mediterranean Voyage Part 2

From autumn 2012 Tarilian is berthed at marina Kremik in Primosten, Croatia.

Looking back to our outstanding boating season 2012, here are further impressions from ports visited en route.
Castelsardo / Sardinia

Bonifacio / Corsica

Rocella Ionica (Calabria)

Santa Maria di Leuca (Puglia)

Komiza - Vis / Croatia


We have taken our boat from Falmouth to the Adriatic Sea on its own steam.
The 'transfer voyage' of two exciting seasons has been completed successfully.

The next seasons:
ADRIATIC BOATING  Croatia/ Dalmatian islands
   >> "Adriatic Cruises, from 2013"

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