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14 May

Dolphins between Ios and Santorini… take a look

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 14/05/2014 / 0 Comments

Captured during our Easter trip in Cyclades from s/y Alkyone

06 May

Easter trip photos 2014

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Μια μικρή γεύση απ το όμορφο ταξίδι μας……

03 Feb

Ιστιοπλοϊκό Πάσχα στις Κυκλάδες 2014 – Easter trip 2014 in Cyclades!

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 03/02/2014 / 0 Comments

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Ιστιοπλοϊκό Πάσχα 2014 στις Κυκλάδες

Το Πάσχα στα μαγικά Κυκλαδονήσια είναι μια μοναδική εμπειρία, ταξιδέψτε μαζί μας φέτος και ζήστε μέσα σε ένα ανοιξιάτικο τοπίο, τα Πασχαλινά έθιμα και δρώμενα των Κυκλαδιτών.

Θα χαρούμε πολύ να συνταξιδέψουμε, ωσάν τα δελφινάκια, τα τρία ιστιοπλοϊκά μας σκάφη στο Πασχαλινό αυτό ταξίδι!

Αναχώρηση 16/4/2014*
Επιστροφή 21/4/2014*


Σκάφη – Skippers :
“Alkyone” Bavaria 46 Αρτεμάκης Α.
“Swell” Jeanneau 43” Τσαμπουράκης Β.
“Xantippi” Gin Fizz 38” Αποστολάκης Μ.


*Οι ημερομηνίες μπορεί να διαμορφωθούν ανάλογα τις ανάγκες του συνόλου των συμμετεχόντων.
Το πρόγραμμα θα διαμορφωθεί αναλόγως των καιρικών συνθηκών.
Πληροφορίες – κρατήσεις : info@thalasail.gr Τηλ. 6940401919 – 2810320355

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Easter trip in Cyclades

Easter in Cyclades is a unique experience, travel with us and live an unforgetable Easter mood and events of the Cyclades.

We’d love to travel with you, our three sailing yachts like dolphins in our journey this Easter!

Depart 16/4/2014*
Return 21/4/2014*

Yachts – Skippers :
“Alkyone” Bavaria 46 Artemakis A.
“Swell” Jeanneau 43” Tsampourakis B.
“Xantippi” Gin Fizz 38” Apostolakis M.

* Departure and return dates can be configured according to the needs of all participants.
The program will be determined depending on the weather conditions.
Information – reservations: info@thalasail.gr Tel 6940401919 to 2810320355

15 Jan

Smell’s Greece….

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 15/01/2014 / 0 Comments

A team of musicians that enjoyed vacation in Crete made this video to say thank you to Cretan people and generally to Greek people that despite of our financial problems still have quality, hospitallity and strenght to smile!

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Special thanks to Jabuba films for their great work and hope to see you again.

εις το επανιδείν

 

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12 Jan

“Alkyone”

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 12/01/2014 / 0 Comments

ALKYONE 06This article discribes why we named the boat “Alkyone” and…..

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….. what is common between a bird and a sailboat.

 

In Greek mythology, Alcyone (Ἁλκυόνη, Halkyónē) was the daughter of Aeolus, either by Enarete or Aegiale.
She married Ceyx, son of Eosphorus, the Morning Star.

They were very happy together in Trachis, and according to Pseudo-Apollodorus’s account, often sacrilegiously called each other “Zeus” and “Hera”.  This angered Zeus, so while Ceyx was at sea (going to consult an oracle according to Ovid’s account), the god threw a thunderbolt at his ship. Soon after, Morpheus (god of dreams) disguised as Ceyx appeared to Alcyone as an apparition to tell her of his fate, and she threw herself into the sea in her grief. Out of compassion, the gods changed them both into halcyon birds, named after her.

Ovid and Hyginus both also recount the metamorphosis of the pair in and after Ceyx’s loss in a terrible storm, though they both omit Ceyx and Alcyone calling each other Zeus and Hera (and Zeus’s resulting anger) as a reason for it. Ovid also adds the detail of her seeing his body washed up onshore before her attempted suicide.

Ovid and Hyginus both also make the metamorphosis the origin of the etymology for “halcyon days“, the seven days in winter when storms never occur. They state that these were originally the 14 days each year (seven days on either side of the shortest day of the year  during which Alcyone (as a kingfisher) laid her eggs and made her nest on the beach and during which her father Aeolus, god of the winds, restrained the winds and calmed the waves so she could do so in safety. The phrase has since come to refer to any peaceful time. Its proper meaning, however, is that of a lucky break, or a bright interval set in the midst of adversity; just as the days of calm and mild weather are set in the height of winter for the sake of the kingfishers’ egglaying.

That’s why we named her “Alkyone” because we want every day to be an Alkyone-day!

30 Dec

Anti-racist campaign

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 30/12/2013 / 0 Comments

A short length film that teaches us  ALL TO BE EQUAL

Cast

Natalia Dragoumi – Vladimiros Kiriakidis – Nikos Psarras
Chara Tsionga – Waseem Aktar – Georgia Katsikonouri

Producer: Dimitris Galanopoulos
Production: iconastudioathens.gr

Director: Nancy Spetsioti
Script: Katerina Koutsomiti

24 Dec

Wishes from the team

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Μerry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

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01 Dec

Incredible Crete see for your self!

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 01/12/2013 / 0 Comments

Thalasail presents Region’s of Crete work “Incredible Crete”.


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A compilation of short length spots about Cretan life and its people.

See for your self…..

Incredible Hospitality

See for your self

Feel for your self

Crete

Enjoy Crete!

07 Nov

Save us!

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 07/11/2013 / 0 Comments

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July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington. The sperm whale had plastic in its stomach, an increasing common phenomenon say researchers at the Biodiversity Centre Naturalis. In  March of this year, a 10 meter long sperm whale washed up on Spain’s South Coast. This whale had swallowed 59 different plastic items totaling over 37 pounds. Most of this plastic consisted of transparent sheeting used to build greenhouses in Almeria and Grenada for the purpose of tomatoes for the European market. The rest was plastic bags, nine meters of rope, two stretches of hosepipe, two small flower pots, and a plastic spray canister. Cause of death was intestinal blockage.

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These are not uncommon incidents. In 1989, a stranded sperm whale in the Lavezzi Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea died of a stomach obstruction after accidentally ingesting plastic bags and 100 feet of plastic sheeting. In 1990, a sperm whale examined for pathology in Iceland died of an obstruction of the gut with plastic marine debris. In August of 2008, a sperm whale washed up in Point Reyes, California with 450 pounds of fishing net, rope, and plastic bags in its stomach. The California Marine Mammal Stranding Database tells of another sperm whale stranded in 2008 with stomach contents that included an extensive amount of netting from discarded fishing gear.

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The sperm whale that stranded in the Netherlands had a large part of its lower jaw missing. Among hundreds of thousands of sperm whales that whalers harpoon, regularly encountered are sperm whales with broken or deformed lower jaws. Most of these whales have full stomachs and are healthy right before being slaughtered. This, and the fact squids are found in their stomachs whole and seldom show bite marks, lead to a theory that the lower jaw plays no significant role in catching of prey and that these sperm whales instead suck their food in. If this theory is true, sperm whales are just as vulnerable as baleen whales to the ingestion of marine debris.

Another family of deep diving, squid eating cetaceans is the beaked whales. May 2011, a female juvenile Gervais’ beaked whale was found on a beach in Puerto Rico with ten pounds of plastic in her stomach. In July 2006, a 20-year old female Cuvier’s beaked whale died in the Cook Islands, Rarotonga after ingesting a single plastic bag. Sperm whales and beaked whales are especially susceptible to swallowing plastic and fishing gear as they resemble their natural prey, squid, the same way a sea turtle is susceptible to swallowing plastic bags because they resemble jelly fish.

Inside the whale's unusually bloated stomach, they find 100 plastic bags.

Inside the whale’s unusually bloated stomach, they find 100 plastic bags.

Baleen whales suffer the same fate, not for the fact trash resembles their food, but because they gulp large amounts of water when feeding. In August 2000, a Bryde’s whale was stranded near Cairns, Australia. The stomach was found to be tightly packed with six square meters of plastic rubbish, including supermarket bags, food packages, and fragments of trash bags. In April 2010, a gray whale that died after stranding itself on a west Seattle beach was found to have more than 20 plastic bags, small towels, surgical gloves, plastic pieces, duct tape, a pair of sweat pants, and a golf ball, not to mention other garbage contained in its stomach. Plastic is not digestible, and once it finds its way into the intestines, accumulates and clogs the intestines. For some whales, the plastic does not kill the animal directly, but cause malnutrition and disease, which leads to unnecessary suffering until death.

Whales are not the only victims to our trash. It is estimated that over one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic debris. In September 2009, photographs of albatross chicks on Midway Atoll were brought to the public’s eye. These nesting chicks were fed bellies full of plastic by their parents who soar over vastly polluted oceans collecting what looks to them to be food. This diet of human trash kills tens of thousands of albatross chicks each year on Midway because of starvation, toxicity, and choking. We can all do our part by limiting our use of plastic products such as shopping bags, party balloons, straws, and plastic bottles.

Be a frugal shopper and recycle!

 

source:www.realnews24.com

01 Nov

Crete’s top offshore destinations – Gramvousa & Balos

In Life and Quality by Thalasail / 01/11/2013 / 0 Comments

Gramvousa refers to two small uninhabited islands off the coast of north-western Crete in the regional unit of Chania.

Tame Gramvousa, hosts the remains of a Venetian fort and the remains of buildings left behind by Cretan insurgents, who were compelled to live as pirates, during the Greek War of Independence. Today, Tame Gramvousa is a popular tourist attraction.

Wild Gramvousa, is much less hospitable and is located due north of Tam Gramvousa.

The name Gramvousa has been found in various forms. The Venetians referred to it on their maps as the cape, Cavo Buso, and the Cretans, who translated it to Akra (capo) called it Cavo Bouza, this then became Krampouza, then Gramvousa.

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In the opinion of N Hatzidaki, the name originates from the plant Crambe – Kramvoessa, which became Gramvousa. The Venetians named it Scoglio e fortezza Garabuse. The Venetians built the castle, in fear of occupation of Crete by the Turks, which would lead – and did eventually lead – to the end of the Venetian Empire.

After the Turkish occupation of Crete, it was one of three castles that remained under Venetian ownership (the other two were Souda and Spinalongka). Even though the castle was impregnable, during the Venetian – Turkish war, its Italian governor was bribed by the Turks, and it was handed over to them in 1692.

During the Greek uprising against the Turks, Gramvousa played an important and decisive role. After many attempts, the castle was finally conquered by Cretan rebels in 1825 when a group of Cretans, disguised as Turks, entered the castle.

Gramvousa was the first area of Crete that was freed from the Turks. It became shelter for more than 3,000 Cretans and became a base of operations for revolutionary groups. From free Gramvousa began the uprising of the Kalisperides, a group that spread terror among the Turks. In order to create a diversion they organized Zoyrides, armed groups that ambushed the Christians.

 

As conditions for survival were harsh, the residents of Gramvousa turned to piracy, indiscriminately looting boats passing between Gramvousa and the island of Antikythira, a fact that turned European opinion against them.

In 1828, with the agreement of the Greek government, fleets from England and France routed the pirates and occupied the castle. After signing the Protocol of London, Crete remained under Turkish occupation until 1831 and the castle of Gramvousa was handed over to the Turks once again by the Russian guard.

Balos

 

Fittingly, for an island that has accommodated pirates, there is a lagoon, named the Balos lagoon, between the island and the coast of Crete. There is an islet which forms part of a cape, through the lagoon,called Cap Tigani (which means “frying pan” in Greek). North of Balos, at the Korykon cape, are the ruins of the small ancient Roman city of Agnion, with a temple to the god Apollo.

 

The landscape combines the raw power of hard rock, the chilly touch of the sea, and the vast proportions of the universe. Balos keeps your senses relaxed and yet alert. Absorbed in vastness, you feel powerful because you can decipher the world at a glance, and yet vulnerable because you are engulfed in the powerful proportions of isolation in paradise.