36 44.5N 02 06.9W
11th – 12th May ‘09
We left our berth at Queensway Quay around 0900 motored to
the fuel berth and then into Marina Bay marina to wave goodbye to
Piper. Set off for the Mediterranean at last! Not much wind
to start with and we passed close to the east side of the rock so was able to
take some good pictures. Our progress east was fast and once the wind got up we
were under full sail –stomping along at over 10 knots at times! The sea
was relatively flat but that was to change later! Suffice to say our speed
continued as the wind increased and before dark we had put in two reefs and
rolled in the head sail to a third for comfortable night sailing. Our progress
east was fine but the seas became quite big with a confused following sea which
led to rolling and pitching most of the night so not much sleep was had. Our
destination of Almerimar was reached around 0300 so we decided to press on and
had hopes of getting all the way to Cartegena however the wind gradually died
and so we decided to find a suitable anchorage for the night. The bay to the
north of Cabo de Gata proved to be excellent and we had a good night’s
sleep here. (reading Kishorn’s emails it seems they too chose this as a
We left this spot around 0600 and had to motor all the way
Jacky and Rob
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