Talking about the new removable stay that my father added. It's great for raising a smaller staysail or a storm jib.
Best place to have a cup of coffee in the Eastern hemisphere. For me, at least. This is the coast about a mile west from cape Kaliakra. Here the Dobrudja plateau ends abbruptly and the coast is about 70 meters high. Since the layers of the plateau are cut here, there's plenty of water and abundant vegetation including fig trees and blackberries.
My father is fishing for gobyfish with his favorite little dinghy.
The asymmetrical spinnaker works great in light weather.
A pretty hard blow (25-27 knots) on the next day, along with a shot of the new wind farm on cape Kaliakra.
26.2 knots, hold on to your hat!
See, I wasn't joking. My cousin lost his baseball cap in one of the puffs. It wasn't a big loss because it was a Kentucky Wildcats hat. Here he's wearing a cool-looking fisherman's hat that my father brought from one of his trips in the 80's.
Is there something wrong with the mainsheet traveler car?
Cape Kaliakra from the southeast. It looks scary because the prevailing northeast gales batter it relentlessly. Hence the coast is steep and rocky and unapproachable from the sea.
My uncle, rediscovering the joys of sailing a small centerboard.
The hat completes the look perfectly!
Чиракман (Chirakman) at sunset.
Watch the telltales on the genoa!
the caves on Яйлата (Iailata)
Early morning, heading for Sozopol.
Cape Emine where the mountain meets the sea, is an impressive sight
Here it is from up close, check out the white layers in between the dark rocks.
The village of Emona up above the cape.
(hello, Bobi and Vania! :)))
The bow is pointing towards Sozopol
... and Emine is in our wake
Sv. Ivan (Свети Иван) in front of Sozopol is only one of two Bulgarian islands on the Black sea. Which is the other one, LOL.
At sunset, we're approaching Sozopol
The old town is perched high up on hte rocks, making for excellent views towards the sea in all directions.
The night before we had dinner in that restaurant with the porch above the rocks in the middle of the picture, :-). The food was great and the waitress was bitchy. Welcome home!
New developments south of Sozopol where there were only rocks 10 years ago.
Kavacite and Smokinia from the sea.
Bizone tied to a mooring in front of the estuary of Ropotamo. A small reef protects the estuary and makes it a great place to spend the night on the boat.
The estuary of the river
Lindsey the explorer.
My first attempt at yoga.
Vovata is checking out the "natives" on the beach.
"what are you looking at?"
the sunset, evidently...
next morning, trying to figure out the names of places. My mother's uncle is mentioned as a contributor to this book!
Here, we're sailing towards cape Korakia (Коракя) to check out the inlets between it and cap Maslen Nos ( Маслен Нос).
Here, we're going into an inlet named Fluru between Korakia and Maslen Nos. We know from my uncle that there's this cool gap between the rocks where you can tie the boat in calm weather.
AND YOU WANT TO PUT THE BOAT IN THIS LITTLE GAP BETWEEN THE ROCKS???
Yup, here it is.
The shaft, propeler and rudder of Bizone.
and the keel
and the bow is right next to the rocks.
not a bad place to go for a swim. We also got mussels and I cooked them with rice.
the hammock on the boom is everyone's favorite.
These rocks are in an inlet called "Parashkeva" (Парашкева) which is right next to Maslen Nos.
Sv. Vlas, we're heading for the entrance to marina "Dinevi".
I almost caught the sun setting behind those clouds
here we are on the way back, in front of Albena, watching another amazing sunset
The west side of cape Kaliakra, the restaurant is the best place to watch the sunset in Bulgaria. I will not argue about this!
9 сафрида (scads) on one line!!!
Bizone on anchor near cape Kaliakra
the big cave under the restaurant
the rocks near the cape have this amazing red color (due to high content of iron ore). The white layers are clay and limestone.