Rob and Jacky Black
Sat 23 May 2009 17:39

39 32.0N 02 23.2E

Puerto Andratx Friday/ Saturday 22nd – 23rd May

Having spent a rather bumpy night in Cala Portinatx we motored sailed all the way to Mallorca – some 48 miles. Most of the time in rather lumpy swell with the wind on the nose. However towards the final couple of hours we had a freeing wind and unfurled the head sail to give us a good speed of 7 knots at times. Unfortunately the sea mist closed in and we had to put on the radar for the approach to Mallorca. On trying to furle the head sail there was a great deal of resistance and finally a loud snap – the halyard broke! We got the sail in and stowed the main before motoring into the Club de Vela, Andratx. The radio assistant spoke excellent English and we were able to arrange to go to the fuel berth first where a Marineros was waiting. Having filled up we were then instructed as to where to moor – a med mooring, so off we went. It was all very straight forward and we were soon all tied up. The mist cleared and we were able to get some local information from the boat next to us – ‘Arwen Evenstar’ a Jeaneaux 46, the owners from Wales! Having asked around we found a very helpful guy on the boat next but one – Alan who agreed to go up the mast and fix the halyard problem. We reversed the rope and re – led it through the mast using a ‘MOUSE’ which Alan had dropped down. He discovered that the top cap of the furling device at the top of the genoa was damaged and had come free so he removed it, re-attached the halyard and hopefully all will be well. We now have to try and get a new top piece so will be doing an internet search for the manufacturers web site when we next get WIFI.

This was a very expensive stop for us – 58 Euros for one night  so we made the most of the facilities which included lovely showers and toilets and a super outdoor swimming pool! We had a gloriously quiet night and didn’t get up ‘til 1000! Then washed the boat down, did a shop went to the internet cafe to get emails etc. followed by a couple of hours beside the pool. We have now moved to anchor off the marina in company with several other boats – two of whom we saw in Espalmador. The plan now is to leave here

early tomorrow and head for the eastern end of the bay of Palma for the next night – not sure where yet.

Picture is of our boat in Andratx alongside another Arwen!


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