First launched in 1979, the Ship’s Log has the Port of Registration listed as Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey where she presumably takes her name from The Menai Straits. Her log has her setting sail for Gibraltar in 1999. Still in Spain Menai Lady was later sold in Estepona in 2001 before being taken to Cyprus via Menorca, Corsica, the Corinth Canal, Poros, Simi, and Kastelloriso. An impressive travelogue for a high sided boat more suited to coastal waters and with a top speed of just nine knots!
However, since Dimitri purchased her in Cyprus in 2011 Menai Lady has been the recipient of much love, care and refurbishment. With Welsh roots himself, Dimitri felt an instant empathy with her and still harbours dreams of one day taking her back to Beaumaris and the Menai Straits with perhaps a celebratory drink in the Ty Coch Inn at Porthdinllaen. In the meantime he’ll have to make do with touring her around the Greece with Peter Andre and a TV crew in tow.
Over the last four years Dimitri’s boat crew – Dino, Andonis, Costa and Nikos; have lavished much attention and a considerable amount of expertise and cash on Menai Lady installing new electronics, decking and many other improvements and safety features to bring her back to the proud boat she is once again today.
The plan was then to leave Cyprus for a new base in Greece and so Menai Lady embarked on another epic voyage when weather-wise things could not have been worse. But the plucky Lady came through – storms and all; and made it safely to her new home in Vliho bay on the island of Lefkada.
Dimitri would be delighted to discover any history behind Menai Lady and would request that anyone with stories or intimate knowledge of her to contact him via the contact section of this website. Any old photographs and great stories will be published here.