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The Goddess Rhea

In Greek mythology, Rhea was the mother of the gods, daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She was married to her brother Cronus and was the mother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon and Zeus.

Cronus was jealous of the future power of his children and, to secure his dominion, he ate his own children. Rhea managed to rescue one son, Zeus. She hid him in the Dictean Cave in Crete and gave Cronus a stone wrapped in the clothes of the infant, which he swallowed. Thus Rhea succeeded in making him believe that he had killed all of his children. When Zeus reached maturity he overpowered and dethroned his father and made Cronus disgorge his siblings.

Rhea is identified with mother goddess Cybele from Asia Minor and is also known as Rhea Cybele and Magna Mater ("great mother"). She was worshipped with orgiastic rites. Rhea is depicted between two lions or on a chariot pulled by lions.


For those feeling active, there are plenty of watersports. Enjoy our Avon R.I.B. with 50 hp Evinrude E-Tec.


  • Waterski
  • Wakeboard
  • Be towed on the windsurfer
  • Ride the sea biscuit ("doughnut")
  • Go snorkelling and marvel at colours and fish in crystal clear waters
  • Go kayaking in the canoe and explore the beautiful coastline
  • Go windsurfing and blast across a bay

Practice diving or jumping from RHEA's decks or bowsprit, or even from the rigging! How many rungs up the ratlines can you jump from? No modern boat has "yard-arms" to hang a rope from for the ultimate in "swing and drop" - addictive and competetive for the the young or young at heart. Take the rope out onto the bowsprit, swing along beside the boat, then let go and drop into the sea with as much style and panache as possible.