Fun & Fiesta
Wed 5 Aug 2009 15:15
Position: 39:47.71N 004;18.47E
Dear Family & Friends,
The mediterranean branch of the CCC (ladies wot sew) met in early August! That is Eileen and I had a really good get together but we didn't manage any sewing! To re-cap. We were in Mallorca and went to Port Soller where we anchored just off the beach and then realised that we could go round the tip of Mallorca (NE coast) and across to Menorca before the Ritchies went home on 5th August. It was all looking good until the weather on Friday 31st went wrong and prevented us leaving Soller. Actually there was a bomb in Palma which closed all the ports and we couldn't have left then anyway. The next day we had to go and show our passports before we could leave. We passed some very high and impressive cliffs as we motor sailed round Mallorca and then left its shores heading for the smaller island. We had a really good sail over and headed for Mahon Harbour where we were to meet Ian & Eileen. Thank goodness for mobile telephones.
I won't say too much and embarass them, but they were VERY KIND and we had a fantastic time, which included Ian organising a berth, Eileen doing the washing, staying with them for two nights and visiting their local fiesta. A great privilege as we had no idea what to expect. All I can say is health and safety doesn't come into it and the beer is used for drinking and showering!! The horses and the band were amazing too. We finished our visit with supper on the boat and they have hopefully flown safely back to Suffolk.
Mahon is a beautiful port with lots of places to anchor and also buoys to pick up. We are now anchored in a small cala near the entrance and surrounded by the forts and buildings reminding us of its turbulent history.
Graham is pleased with life because he finally got his tuna. It was a very large one and after cutting it all up (very messy) we have some steaks in the fridge, gave a couple to the Ritchies and also to a Scottish couple we met here whilst they were waiting for a new part for their auto-helm. We BBQ'd tuna steaks last night and they were delicious.
Bye For Now