Mainland Spain and Cartagena
We left Mallorca at about 6.0pm on Saturday 10th October for an overnight sail to Ibiza. The forecast was for NW winds and it looked like we should be able to sail the 60 miles. We managed to sail pretty well for the first 8 hours before we had a major wind shift and had to take the sails down. We also had quite a lot of lightening and were wary of being caught in another thunderstorm. We waited outside San Antonio for about an hour for first light before going in and anchoring.
We had a pretty rolly night at anchor so on Monday we moved into the marina and explored San Antonio. We found our favourite supermarket – Lidel, and also found some more of our best value wine. This is ‘Vino de la Tierra de Castilla’ tempranillo and it was recommended to us by an old Spanish guy in Lidel in Mahon, Menorca who said it was Bueno! It cost about £1 per bottle and it pretty nice.
On Tuesday we left Ibiza at 3.0 pm to sail to Torrevieja. We should have been able to sail all the way but the wind changed at about 10pm and we were back to motoring. To make matters worse our autopilot failed, the clutch would not engage, and we had to hand steer. The rest of the night it was a mixture of some sailing, some motorsailing and some motoring. We arrived at the harbour in Torrevieja at about mid-day and anchored inside the huge outer harbour wall. This was a really sheltered anchorage and we spent the next 2 nights there, unsuccessfully trying to fix the autopilot.
We left Torrevieja at 8.0am and had a really nice sunrise.
We had no wind so we motored down to Cartagena and went into the marina. We really enjoyed the walk round the castle and the old town, but one afternoon is not enough for such a large and interesting city. We are now on our way down to an anchorage at Carboneras, once again motoring in very light winds and hand steering for the 9 hour trip – oh well it keeps us out of mischief1