1st Oct 2008 - Port Colom to Cala Ratjada

Bali Hai
Neal Stow
Wed 1 Oct 2008 23:45
It had been great staying in Port Colom for 5 nights, very relaxing and a chance to see some other parts of Majorca however it was good to be heading out again.  I was a little nervous as this is yet another relatively inexperienced crew.  Richard has only been on a sailing boat once before; the leg from Gosport to Plymouth in very heavy weather.  Mo has been on Bali Hai a couple of times but not for two years and is not really an experienced sailor, Emma has done quite a lot of crewing but I have not sailed with her before.  So first thing in the morning I gave quite a detailed briefing on how to sail the boat as well as the rest of safety briefing. 
The crew is at least very enthusiastic, Richard was up swimming across the bay at 7:30 in the morning.  It was also fortunate that there was only a gentle breeze.  We eventually headed out at around 11 o'clock and the sails were raised without any great difficulty.  With a 10 knot wind on our starboard quarter we headed up the coast to Cala Ratjada.  The sun was shining and we have a slow but pleasant sail that gave Richard the opportunity to experience the helm and for us to enjoy a civilised lunch.
We arrived in Cala Ratjada at around four in the afternoon and moored alongside the breakwater outside the harbour.  It is a Port Authority harbour rather than a private marina, as is Port Colom, and having registered once we did not have to waste time doing it again.  The mooring fee was also under 20 Euros including electricity, water and showers so a very good deal.  Cala Ratjada is the closest port to Menorca, where we are heading tomorrow, and so is very popular but now, at the end of the high season, there is plenty of space.  The town looks touristy but attractive and we will be exploring it tonight.
After arrival, Mo and Richard decided to swim across the harbour entrance to a beach.  This was rather crazy as there were plenty of fishing and other vessels coming in and out that would be oblivious to mad swimmers.  In the end, while they were able to avoid the boats, both managed to get themselves stung by jellyfish.  Richard was the worse off and tried two different remedies for the pain.  Needless to say, one of them involved alcohol.