June - September: Atlantic Crossing from Norfolk, Virginia via Bermuda and The Azores. A month cruising the Azorean Islands before our European landfall in Lisbon, Portugal. Coastal cruising through Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean. We left DOVKA for the winter, in Benelmadena, Costa del Sol, Spain.
April - September: Cruising along the Spanish coast to The Balearic Islands - Formentera, Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca. Two night passage to Sardinia; up to Corsica; back to Sardinia, overnight passage to Tunisia; overnight passage to Sicily; cruising along the north coast; Lipari (Aeolian) Islands; west coast of Italy; Capri, Ventotene Islands and storage ashore for the winter in Gaeta, Italy, halfway between Rome and Naples.
April - May: Sailing down the coast of Italy to Sicily; two night passage to cruise the Ionian Islands - landfall Zykinthos, then Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefallonia, and Meganisi . Passage through the Gulf of Corinth and the Corinth Canal to the Saronic Sea on to Cape Sounion and the Northern Cyclades.
June - July: Cruising the Cyclades and the Dodeconese : Kithnos, Syros, Paros, Skhinousa, Amorgas, Levitha, Patmos, Arki, Samos, Leros, Kos and Simi.
August - October: Sailing along the Southwest corner of Turkey from the Datca Peninsula to Marmaris, Gocek Bay, Kalkan, Kas and Kekova Roads. Made our base Marmaris and explored west and east from there.
May - October: Another season in Turkey with our base still in Marmaris enabling us to more fully explore the Aegean Turkish Coast from Kusadasi to Marmaris and east. This is a coast of peninsulas, large gulfs and many beautiful anchorages . The season was punctuated by a brief trip home in late June, followed by a month of visiting friends in western Europe.
May - June: Farewell to Turkey, afer spending the month of May visiting favorite anchorages. Early June, traversing Greece, including the Aegean, Gulf of Corinth and the Ionian Islands to Corfu.
July - September:
the Adriatic, from Corfu to Brindisi, Italy (to avoid the Albanian coast)
and then back to Dubrovnik. July and half of August, cruising up the Dalmatian
coast of Croatia with its thousands of islands to the Slovenian border. Late
August and September, again crisscrossing the Adriatic with stops in Venice
& Monfalcone in Italy, back to Croatia and Piran,Slovenia. Overland travel
to Tuscany, Slovenia
May - September:
Another season spent along the Croatian coast, getting to know the islands
and mainland in greater depth than in 2004.
The season began and ended in Monfalcone, Italy and included stops in Slovenia enroute to and from Croatia.
May - July: Another winter ashore in Monfalcone Italy. In early May we set off with our friend Fil, and son Jon and his classmate Josh to Venice and then on to the Croatian coast to visit our favorite anchorages before the crowds of charter boats arrived. From Vis, we jumped across the Adriatic to Brindisi, Italy and then back across to Corfu, Greece. We then flew home for ten days to attend Jon's graduation from medical school. After returning to DOVKA we sailed again through the Corinth canal and north to the lovely Sporades Islands and the Khalkidiki region of northern Greece. The cruising season ended with a BANG when we suffered a head-on collision while touring ashore.
September: Three months after the collision, Sid was sufficiently recovered to move DOVKA, with the help of two friends, to Ayvalik, Turkey for the winter.
May - September: Sailed from Ayvalik, along the Turkish Aegean coast to Marmaris where much of the season was occupied with replacing DOVKA's teak deck. The remainder of the time was occupied with cruising locally in the Marmaris region.
October - November: We crewed on the 65 foot cutter, VAN DIEMEN III, on the 2,000 mile journey from Fiji to Sydney Australia, with stops in Noumea, New Caledonia and Lord Howe Island.
May - August: Sailed from Marmaris, along the Turkish coast to Finike via Gocek and Fethiye. From Finike we sailed directly to Israel where we based ourselves in the marina in Herzliya while we explored the country. In late July, we sailed back to Kekova Roads,Turkey with a brief layover in south western Cyprus.
September: DOVKA returned to the USA directly from Marmaris aboard the M/V EXPLORER, a ship designed specifically for the transport of yachts. She arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on September 27. We then sailed her 100 miles north to Fort Pierce, Florida for winter storage ashore.
March - April: DOVKA launched in Ft. Pierce and transited the Intra-Coastal Waterway to Fort Lauderdale before crossing to the Bahamas for a leisurely month of cruising.
April - May: DOVKA made a fast 500 mile passage from Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island to Beaufort, N.C. and thence up the ICW, via the Dismal Swamp Canal, to the Chesapeake Bay