Welcome to the Sailaway
Web Site 2011
Ann and I hope you enjoy the site, it has been created initially
to keep our friends, and family informed of our progress and whereabouts,
it has increased in popularity to over 4000 unique visitors per
year? We hope it will continue to be of interest to you and many
other people, be they dreamers, planners or just plain curious.
Like many sailors "with salt in their blood", the ultimate
personal dream is to sail off into the sunset, enjoying the freedom
to discover or interact with various cultures and their way of life.
I must confess, we did not appreciate how many good friends we would
make during our travels. This type of adventure has been our dream
for many years before we final left in March 2007. Sailaway, a steel
Bruce Roberts Offshore design was initially purchased in 1996 in
Cork Ireland with that dream in mind. We have covered over 11,000
miles in total with Sailaway until now reaching Greece (The Ionian),
2011 will see further miles accrued.
The Sailaway Section - This section describes our home and transport,
we left our "old life" knowing our requirements would
be continuously changing, a position quite often never achieved
by those who dream it. Sailaway therefore continues to change to
serve those requirements. To visit this section you can either use
the traditional links st the top of the page or use this link "Sailaway".
The Crew Section - This section gives an incite into how the dream
came about and developed onto a reality. To visit this section you
can either use the traditional links at the top of the page or use
this link "Crew".
The Logbook, is effectively a documentation of our adventures,
the places we visit along with our experiences and the people we
meet. This section for simplicity is subdivided into year, countries
or territories. To visit the content of these sections you can either
visit the traditional links at the top of the page or use this link
The Route Listing is the final section in which we document our
whereabouts', position. distanced traveled. To visit this section
you can either use the traditional links at the top of the page
or use this link "Route
Our plans for 2011
The winter of 2010 has been spent in Vliho, on
the Island of Levkas, in the Greek Ionian. This winter we will not
be spending the traditional 5/6 months in a marina, our stay is
planned to be only a few months on the town quay, leaving in January.
The winters are much milder in the Ionian, a lot wetter, but defiantly
milder. The close proximity of the Greek Islands provides far less
potential exposure to foul weather. This winter saw a couple of
useful modifications made to Sailaway, additional storage created
primarily to store my recently acquired diving gear. The second
significant "add on" was an anchor chain wash. A sea water
flush to clean the predominantly muddy chain as we recover our anchor,
quite an issue in this part of the Med. This modification was extended
to incorporate a deck wash hose to allow us to wash down our stern
anchor as we go "bow too" in ports and harbours. This
was in addition to the usual running repairs and required maintenance.
We did spoil our selves with a new flat screen tv - sign of age?
We continue to learn on our travels that absolute
plans are difficult to make, circumstances are continuously changing,
our plan is to continue south towards Crete, east to Rhodes then
onto the Dalaman region of Turkey. There we will meet up (in mid
May) with our youngest daughter and family, accompanying Jane and
Gary will be my (Kevin's) mother. This will be the first time mother
will have been abroad in over 40 years - "Good Luck Jane &
Gary!" Gary's parents will also be there so it will be quite
After May we have no plans at all but some thing
will turn up? Our advice to "dreamers", re-in forced by
the unfortunate happenings of 2010, continues to be "do it,
before you cannot!" Rest assured when restrictions develop
in life, what ever they are, there be little or no warning.
Our general rule as we enter our fifth year continues
to be, find a place of interest and move on when the interest no
longer exists. We will, we hope to continue making lots of new friends
of all nationalities, both travelers like us and "locals"
where we visit.
It is our intension to answer communications when ever internet
access is available during our travels, so, if we seem slow to respond,
please be patient we will get to you as soon as we are able.
Kevin & Ann Costello