Puerto Pollensa

Rob and Jacky Black
Mon 1 Jun 2009 06:18

38 54.2N 03 06.3E

We sailed from Puerto Colom on Friday and followed the coast around the north east of the island arriving here in the bay around 1800. The last three hours of which we were able to sail. However our headsail problems are still with us as we could not furl the jib on arrival and had to do so by hand. We then discovered the halyard had snapped again! The beautiful surroundings of this bay somewhat compensated for this worrying problem and we were very pleased to find a Posidion buoy free which we picked up and here we have been for three nights. The water temperature shows 22.4 degrees the warmest yet and so swimming has been lovely. We took the dinghy into the town and with the help of a Fairline rep. managed to contact a rigger but unfortunately he was too busy to see us until next Friday so we are pushing on to Menorca in the hope of finding someone there.

On Saturday afternoon we sat at the Club de Vela (newish with lovely facilities) for a drink before returning to the boat to watch the racing yachts arrive from Barcelona. We reckon about 50 duly came in with the last few after dusk.

Sunday dawned rather cloudy and we had a sprinkling of rain (the first since our departure from Lagos); we decided to take the dinghy again into the port, fill up the fuel cans and then go and explore. We moored the tender next to a Fulmar (remember Rimau?) with an English couple on board who agreed to keep an eye on it! Then we caught the bus to the old town of Pollensa some 8 Kilometres inland. This is an ancient site with many very old buildings, narrow  winding streets and shady squares. It was market day so there were masses of stalls with the usual hand-made jewellery, clothes, local produce like olives and honey as well as cheese stalls and fresh fruit and vegetables. I had looked on the internet for ideas for a meal and we eventually found the Cellar Moli ( in an old mill) where we had a super menu de dia for 13.50 E. My starter was a dish of Paella so I finally managed to eat this without having to make Rob share with me (usually it is only served for two). It was a very good three course meal and included wine and water. We strolled back to the bus stop and caught the 1615 bus back to the port.

On our return the clouds had gathered and we only just got back on board before it started to drizzle. However this did not last long and we were able to sit out again for post supper drinks in the cockpit. On the down side there are mosquitoes here and I have been bitten so am back to taking the red pills given to me by the Pharmacist in Cadiz last year! The new Mossie screens are in place now and we try to seal up the boat at dusk to stop invasions! (thanks to Bob Pluckrose for making them back in the UK).

We are off to Menorca this morning so this will be the last post until we get another WIFI hotspot! Its great here – I managed to find a free one to use while we are sitting on the mooring!



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