Paul & Amanda Mitchell


Who could have guessed back in 2002 when we first met these two New Zealanders in Musket Cove, Fiji that the four of us would spend time cruising in Greece together in 2015 & 2016??

It was great to get back to the boat and find friends immediately.  We spent about a week and a half bouncing from harbor to harbor.  Good times!!

Friends & Big Sailing Plans

We are currently sailing between several of the Greek Ionian Islands.  They are beautiful and seem to all have too many anchorages to count.  It’s really difficult to believe that we will be leaving them in just about a week.

We are enjoying our reunion with Paul and Amanda Mitchell whom we met in Fiji in 2002.  Paul and Amanda live in New Zealand and we’ve spent time with them there as well as here in Greece last year.  We always have a great time together.  This cruising world is a small one!!  It will be difficult to leave them next week…

However; we’ve  planned to meet our friends Torben and Judy Bentsen in Barcelona mid September for well over six months.  We both left the Richmond Yacht Club within months of one another in 2010, and we have run into them in both Mexico and the Caribbean.  Barcelona is next!!

PLUS, it’s time for the La Merce Festival!!!

Fireworks plays a major role in the Mercè Festival

So, in about one week, Deb and I will set off on what will be a bit more than a 1,000nm journey leaving Greece behind and heading towards a big party and some friends in Barcelona.  These trips never turn out the way you think, but here are our initial thoughts regarding our stops along the way.

All of this is of course weather dependent.  So, stand by and compare this to reality as we move forward!!



The World’s Smallest Dingy…

Everyone has the quintessential memory of a person or, in this case, of a couple.  The visual memory that pops into your brain when you think of them.  My quintessential memory of our good friends Paul and Amanda Mitchell, who we met back in 2003 at Musket Cove in Figi, is the subject of this post.

Musket Cove Yacht Club had a bar named  the “$2 Bar” when we were there. All us cruiser types would gather at this water front bar and BBQ our dinners, play Patonque, and generally gossip.  (They had a great Palm Tree, called the Whining Tree, where if you had to bitch, you went and talked to the tree.  Christopher used to have kind, detailed conversations with that tree…). I digress.   Anyway, one evening as we are belly up to the bar, we see our friends Paul and Amand dingy-ing in from their boat. Their dingy was so small their routine was to both stand in the dingy, Amanda in front of Paul, with the the throttle arm securely between Pauls knees.  The speed was set at slow forward, and they would steer by putting their arms out and leaning in the direction they wanted to go. It sort of looked like a Hawaiian Hula.   This Hula is my quintessential memory!

Anyway, today I found P&A’s next dingy.


Goodbye Day


For the past two weeks we have enjoyed traveling together with Paul and Amanda Mitchell. Today we had to say goodbye. 

We initially all met in Musket Cove, Fiji in 2003 during our first cruise on Morpheus. Paul and Amanda live in New Zealand and when we checked in with them two years ago we learned that they had plans to purchase a boat in Europe in order to cruise the Med.  What are the chances that we’d run into them again 13 years later, and in Europe???
The last two weeks have been fantastic, but they are getting ready to head home in three weeks and we need to sail 200 miles east to meet Joe and Michelle Hawkins when they get off their ferry on August 27th. 

If all goes well we will all see each other again next season. We sure hope so!!