Saturday 18th July 2015
We depart at 10:00, motor sailing into a F4 Southerly and a small swell. Around 17:00 dark clouds start building over the mountains and the wind swings west and strengthens. We abandon our plan to anchor off Ampolla and instead head into the harbour (40:48.55N, 000:42.66E). The Club Nautico staff is very helpful and we attempt a stern-to on the east mole but every time I get lined up the bow blows off in spite of the bow thruster. I give up and we go bows-to the concrete quay with a large blow-up fender tucked under the pulpit. As we finalise our mooring we hear the crash of thunder and see the flashes of lightning a few miles to the south of us, but fortunately we are spared.
We eat aboard then take a walk into the town where some sort of fashion show is going on, we watch for a while then go for a coffee and brandy at the Club Nautico clubhouse. Ampolla is a pretty place and seems vibrant and lively.