We were up bright and early and set off for Torrevieja.
The wind yet again was strong and the sea more than a little lumpy. In
fact it was breaking over the foredeck with great regularity causing a leak in
the cabin – this is still from the chainplates which have not all been
resealed. In view of the leaks and the distance to Torrevieja we were in
the process of selecting an alternative destination however as we went on the
sea state eased and Richard was able to do a temporary repair to allow us to
We continued our way eastwards to Cabo de Palos where we
hung a left and started heading north (NORTH!!!!)
Cabo de Palos
The coastline just at that point is very flat with a large
lagoon which is almost enclosed. It is a nature reserve as you can tell
from the following picture.
We finally reached Torrevieja and were able to anchor inside
the harbour. It is not the prettiest of places (understatement) so I
struggled to find something to photograph. The following is the best I
could come up with.
He is obviously very fit and mad as a hatter. You
can’t tell from the photo but he is in an exceeding narrow kayak which he
paddled round and round and round and round the harbour.
We had intended to spend only one night in Torrevieja before
heading off to Formentera however boats being boats… This time it was the
bearing on the raw water pump which was worn out and was spraying seawater
round the engine compartment. To cut a long story short we were able to have it
replaced through a local chandlery (eventually) and in the meantime we were
able to get into a new, partially built marina. Additionally Richard was
able to contact Ampair by phone and explain the problem. The chap he
spoke to was very helpful and was able to give precise instructions on how to
resolve the problem. The theory was straightforward but practice was
quite hard work – however we now have a working generator which, as it is
under guarantee Ampair will replace the part concerned at some future point.
Distance run 64.51nM Cumulative total 1818.31nM