Gibraltar to Palma, Majorca ( Gib to Aguilas, SE Spain )
09:15 Moved Bootlegger over to fuel dock and bought 263 L of diesel to top our tank up to 600 L.from new CEPSA fuel dock..
Weather: Fine and sunny; Visibility: Poor with sea mist
Crew: Frank and Jackie ( from Gib ) joined by Tony Minta from Estepona
Fuel: 600 litres. Water 700 litres. Gas 1 and a bit Bottles
09:45 We depart from
Marina Bay Marina for
13:30 36:24.65N 05:09.60W
Arrive under sail and engine at the approach WP for Estepona. We enter harbour
to be greeted at the marina office hammerhead by Tony our additional crew for
the next leg to
14:00 Having loaded the new provisions onto the boat the engine is switched back on and we are once more on the move as we depart with our new crew member from Estepona marina.
This afternoon is spent
motoring along the southern Spanish Costa Del Sol past those well known names
of Puerto Banus,
21:00 After a very tasty
chicken casserole sunset dinner in the cockpit, Jackie takes watch whilst Frank
and Tony wash the dishes. The temperature in the yacht has changed drastically
ever since we reached the
23:00 36:29.73N 03:55.50W :46.65W Course steered 89 degrees
00:01 36:31.03N 03:46.12W Frank on watch, Motor sailing with all sails out and engine rpm Weak SSE, S.O.G. 8.4 kts; course steered 88 degrees, We are sailing parallel to and some 10 nm off, the southern Spanish coast with its continuous line of twinkling lights.
01:15 36:32.10N 03:34.29W SOG down to 6.9kts as we once more start to push current. Course steered: 88 degrees. Brought in genoa which was doing nothing.
03:00 36:33.46N 03:21.23W Tony briefed for Watch takeover from Frank. ( 03 – 06.00 Hrs ) SOG: 6kts ( pushing against 2 kts of current ) Wind: SSE 3kts No targets of interest on radar.
07:30 Tony did not wake Jackie for her 06:00 watch. She prepares breakfast whilst Tony does the 360 watch although there is nothing on radar or AIS. Bad visibility and high rate of humidity in air.
10:00 Jackie prepares beef bourguignon and leaves it to simmer for a few hours.
11:00 36:41.53N 02:11.65W
Wind: Easterly 20 kn. Waiting to reach Cap de Gata to change course to 45
Noon 36:44.57N 02:04.31W Now that we’ve reached Cap de Gata the wind changes to NE and with a course of 48 degrees we have it on the nose again.
Brg 48, Wind NE 17 kts.
01:50.992\W A modern 45 ft yacht with two men aboard stops us to advise they
have problem with engine and request a tow. We offer to tow them to Playa de
los Murtos some 2.5 nm away. They claim that this is where they have come from
and that they will not go back there. They say that the owner of the boat that
was arranged to tow them from Playa de los Murtos had changed his mind once
they had left the harbour.... very odd. They asked to be towed to the
18:45 37:24.63N 01:33.04W Dropped anchor in Bay E of Aguilas.some 30nm SW of Cartegena rather than push on for Cartegena After a refreshing swim in the warm welcoming water we have our aperitifs before a tasty prawn and egg salad prepared by Tony. A beautiful evening, we put the world to rights in the candlelit cockpit before hitting the sack.