Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Last Night in Santorini - WTRD 32, Saturday, September 10

Our Last DAY &  NIGHT Aboard 

The morning of our last full day dawned.  We ate breakfast and started the travelers' farewell ritual of exchanging contact information of our fellow crew mates.  They have all been great sailing mates.

The morning sail to Santorini, was picture perfect, blue skies, consistant wind, barely any swell.  Santorini is an island group around an ancient caldera.  The volcano blew about 1400 BCE wiping out the Minoan civilization and created a huge tsunami that devastated part of Crete.  Scholars believe this catastrophic event is what gave rise to Aristotle's theory of Atlantas as a lost city.

By 2::00 pm we had reached the ancient caldera area across from Thira where we found a place to moor, lunch, and swim. 
Cass swims to shore and ties off the stern

Circling the caldera area are islands, the largest being Thira or Santorini.  Tall cliffs of sandstone and lave rise hundreds of meters above the sea.
Look at the tall masted ship below and the height of the cliffs

Our swim was in water over 30 meters deep, beautiful blue seemingly bottomless pit with tall volcanic cliffs partially encircling the boat.

To reach our port destination, would require motoring into increasingly large natural and ferry made swells between the the island straits.  We wallowed through and bucked a bit.  The forward stateroom hatches were open and got drenched in saltwater requiring the occupants to hang out their laundry as we pitched along.  Everyone is on deck keeping their stomachs in check and enjoying the last day.

The small boat harbor of Vlichada was busy with day charters and fishing boats.  There was little room to spare.  We managed a side tie to a spot vacated by a fishing boat for the night.  Two other sailboats rafted up to us. We commemorated our trip with wine sundowners and snacks.  By 8:00 pm we were ready for dinner, and enjoyed a nice meal at Dimitris on top of the cliff.  Farewell friends.  We had a great time.

L to R, Cass, Rory Russ, Lynne, Chris, Debra, Roz, Natty, Matty

All is Well With the the Worrall Travel Rs in Santorini.

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