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While in Cyprus we joined 9 sailboats for a "Red Sea Sailing Safari" to Egypt. We explored 200 miles of the famous reefs, making 70 dives during our six month stay. We also made time to tour the ruins in Luxor and Cairo. It was the best “winter” ever! In April 2015 we returned with the group to Cyprus then made our way back to Greece. It was a perfect time of year to be in Greece. We saw many islands but the highlight was spending a week on Santorini. July and August were spent in Turkey with a trip to Istanbul and a month long refit for Starlet. During the fall we visited Greece for the 4th time including Crete. In total, we saw 43 Greek islands. We also swung by the Peloponnese, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, Mallorca, Ibiza, and Cartagena Spain, visiting some of our favorite stops again. In Aguadulce we met Jo & Robbie on N47 Southern Star to plan our trip together to the Caribbean. By the end of November we were in Gibraltar to fuel up with cheap diesel, then on to Morocco. From Mohammedia and Agadir, we were able to visit Casablanca and Marrakesh before running to the Canary Islands. In January 2016, we crossed the Atlantic to Barbados.
10,001- 20,000 nautical miles
Portugal was our next port of call after the Azores. We love Portugal and highlights include Porto, Cascias, Lisbon, and Albufeira. We were allowed 90 days and on day 96 we are asked to leave in Villamoura because our Schengen visa had expired, so we ran straight to Gibraltar. The next 90 days were spent in Gibraltar and Morocco to refresh our Schengen time. In the middle of January 2013 we ran in the Med along the Spanish coast up to Barcelona. In mid May we ran over to the Balearic Islands - still quiet there. A month later we cruised to Sardinia and summer time season had begun. In July 2013, we landed in Rome and worked our way down to the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily. Highlights from this cruise include Rome, Ponza, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Ventotene, Ischia, Amalfi, Salerno, and Agropoli. From the Aeolian Islands we traveled to the Aegadian Islands on the northwest end of Sicily. Then returned to some missed Aeolian islands. We went through the Messina straight to Sicily with highlights being Taormina, Catania & Syracusa. We wintered in Marina di Ragusa but made two side trips to Malta. By April 2014 we made a week visit to Albania then spent a month in the Ionian Greek islands. The summer took us to Croatia, Montenegro and Venice Italy. In Sept and October we returned to the Ionian Greek islands then ran through the Corinth Canal to the Cyclades Greek Islands and on to Cyprus.
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We bought Starlet in the fall of 2010 and had a fun trip with friends running down from the Chesapeake to Jacksonville, Florida. By April 2011 we had retired (!) and headed to the Bahamas for a two month shakedown cruise. While we visited 29 ports and travelled 22% of the time, we managed to squeeze in some spectacular diving in the out islands. This short trip gave us as much practice as possible before returning to Jacksonville to "fix" some of the issues that popped up. By June 2011 we headed north along the US East coast with Maine as our target. We saw 67 ports in four months. Highlights include NYC, Long Island, Newport, Maine, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston and a Trawlerfest in Baltimore. We even hunkered down for tropical storm Irene in North Haven Maine. We returned to Jacksonville in late October and worked on Starlet until after the holidays. In January 2012, we headed to the Virgin Islands with a few stops on the south coast of Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Highlights include Boca Chica, Ponce, San Juan, Culebrita and Calabash bay. In three months we saw 41 ports before returning the Jacksonville. In May 2012 Starlet and her crew were ready to cross the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. We had a nice eight days in Bermuda before making the longer run to the Azores. Starlet made it in a quick eleven days with the help of tropical storm Chris. We kicked into slow gear and visited eight of the nine islands over a two month period.
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Jennifer and Mark Ullmann