5th Oct 2008 - A lovely anchorage and more trouser problems

Bali Hai
Neal Stow
Sun 5 Oct 2008 23:06
We arose to a beautiful sunny morning and gentle breeze and so we were definitely going to be moving on.  The departure was quite straightforward and by ten o'clock we were motoring out of Mahon harbour.  As we headed out to sea and rounded the end of Menorca the wind was a good strength but unfortunately coming straight at us.  We wanted to do some sailing and so spent a couple of hours trying to tack up the coast with Emma enjoying her first real stint on the helm but with a 1.5 knot current against us we were not making much headway and so at about one o'clock we brought the sails down and motored. 
The South coast of Menorca is quite impressive, with lots of cliffs and coves.  Supposedly the most impressive cove is Cala Covas but other than being quite secluded it did not seem particularly wonderful.  We eventually stopped in Cala Macarella which is extremely beautiful with two small beaches.  While the beaches were quite full when we arrived by six in the evening they were empty and only one other yacht and us were to spend the night at anchor in the bay.  There was quite a swell but this time we put a second anchor out off the stern to hold the boat facing into the swell and we were much more comfortable.
Today was BBQ day and with Mo being the keen fisherman on board we were hopeful of a fish supper but, as usual, ended up with a lovely meal of steak, pork chops and sausages.  However the evening under a blanket of stars was very pleasant, the only disappointment was that, having lost one set of designer jeans yesterday, another two pairs of trousers perished when a glass of red wine went flying across the cockpit in the swell.
We retired to bed reasonably early but with some concern, as there were some very strange smells coming from the saloon.