In The Med and in Wi Fi contact again
Sun 5 Jul 2009 16:54
Hello Family & Friends, Sorry we have been off air for a couple of weeks. Lots of marinas promise us internet connection but then we find it is not working or maybe it works for ten seconds. The clever ones say it worked yesterday or it will work tomorrow - when we are leaving!
We have had a fine week or more sailing up the coast to Bay of Cadiz. We had a choice of marinas and chose initially to go into Rota. Spent one night there and then went up the river guardia to El Puerto de Santa Maria. This was a small yacht club with tennis courts and a lovely swimming pool. Kathy & Bob who joined us in Villamoura and James, Graham & I went and enjoyed a good swim without the chance of being surrounded by grey mullet which populate the marinas.
We were keen to see Cadiz and we went into a third marina nearer the city so that we could take a short taxi ride into the beautiful old parts of Cadiz. The streets are very narrow and there were some lovely old buildings. We found a nice place to sit and eat lunch, mostly fish dishes and managed to buy post cards and stamps etc.
The next stop was Barbate, a biggish marina but only half built? There was a beach nearby and after a hot walk we got sand blasted on the beach but enjoyed a swim in some big surf and a green/blue sea.
The trip past cabo trafalgar to Gibralter was uneventful and the weather was lovely. We arrived in Gibralter and moored stern to on a high concrete pontoon which meant getting our passerelle rigged up for the first time. This involved several bits of rope and much muttering but it worked quite well considering it was made at home in the garage and was never tried and tested before. We are now on about Mark 4 and it is set to change again very soon.. (see picture)
We had a grand meal at Gauchos in Gib as a final Goodbye to James who has been an absolute star and we were sorry he had to fly back home after about a month on our boat, to go dinghy sailing and then on holiday on his own boat etc. (I think he has webbed feet). The airport was very close to the marina so we just wheeled his bag on the bicycle across the runway and saw him into the terminal.
The next day we set off out of Gibralter having stocked up in Morrisons and filled up the diesel tank. It was forecast to do 2 - 4 but for some reason it was blowing old boots as we came out into the straits and we saw several yachts having to hurriedly reef. We had already decided to just use the jib so we were not too over canvassed. The swell was quite confused and it was a strange sea as we came round into the Med. We saw several sun fish as we went along the coast but otherwise nothing - no fish caught either. The afternoon became very hot with a warm wind like a hot fan. Then abruptly it all changed and the wind was colder and had changed direction.
We are now in Benalmadena. We had one night in Estepona which was smaller and Kathy & Bob took us out for a meal - three of us had a lovely fish called Mero. White fish and no bones, no idea what it is in English.
Benalmadena is near Malaga so it will be easy for Bob & Kathy to get to their flight tomorrow. Again we have been to the beach but to our surprise it is much colder in the sea here. Unlike the sand which was SO HOT it burned naked feet. Graham did a good impression of a scalded cat geting from the board walk to the water..(I had my sharks on).
Graham bought a hair clipper in Gib. so I could trim his hair. Well we had to charge it up and then I timidly started with a gentle trim. Later he decided that it wasn't short enough so we had another go. And now it is about 4 mm. all over... well it would be if I was an expert and could get it a bit more even.. Still it will grow - eventually and it is ideal for all that swimming.
We are staying here for a couple of days to re-charge the batteries and generally get sorted. Then we hope to go on towards Cartagena and then the Balearics.
Hope all is well with you at home. Hear you have been having your own heatwave!