Bay de Pollensa

Rob and Jacky Black
Sat 30 May 2009 17:04

39 54.00N 03 05.00E

Friday 29th May

We left Porto Colom at 0845, hoisted the main and set off up the coast motor-sailing into a head wind. It was a beautiful day and we kept hoping the wind would free so we could sail but this did not happen until we passed Cabo del Freu north of Puerto Ratjada! The swell was negligible despite the very strong winds of yesterday so the boat cut through the water cleanly. We saw very few other boats until we approached the bay of Alcudia where there were several out for an afternoon jaunt. We decided to furl the headsail in good time as we approached our proposed anchorage only to find it was jammed again! We tried everything all to no avail so decided to take the whole thing down but couldn’t get the darn thing to drop either! In the end we unwound the furling line by hand it had somehow got over-riding turns so we couldn’t free it. Rob spent at least 45 minutes on his tummy sorting it out and then we had to furl the sail by hand! So tomorrow’s job will be to try and sort it all out!

We are now on a mooring buoy in a lovely tranquil spot about a mile north east of the marina at Puerto Pollensa. The buoys are part of the Posidonia project like the one we used in Espalmador. The bay is very sheltered behind a peninsula called Punta de la Avanzada and we are directly below a rather splendid castle (privately owned so no landing to visit it!) We did get a bit of a shock as we approached what we thought was a suitable buoy one second the depth was 3.9 and then it was 1.5!! needless to say we reversed out double quick and went to find another buoy. Unfortunately very few have pick up floats which makes retrieving the mooring line very tricky. We found another buoy with a float in 3.8m of water but later watched a large ‘gin palace’ attempt to pick-up at least 5 different buoys without floats all to no avail!!

We hope to get ashore to explore Pollensa tomorrow.



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