On the way to the Caribbean! 38.38N 0.04E

Island Wanderer
Peter and Avril Brookes
Wed 24 Aug 2011 09:12
We are now en route to the Caribbean, and have reached mainland Spain, which is a small step in the right direction.
The weather has been extremely hot and muggy with humidity forecast at 100% last night. We don’t know exactly what that means except that maybe we need gills instead of lungs!
We made the journey back to Calpe overnight from Formentera. Unlike sailing at night in the UK, it was still warm enough to wear little more than a t shirt. We sailed rather than motored for most of the way which was an added bonus. Before the moon rose, we had a spectacular view of the Milky Way and many other stars and constellations. We even saw the phosphorescent glow in the wake which was rather nice! The next day it was too hot to do much other than shelter in the cool of the air conditioned saloon and catch up on sleep.
m_CIMG0726  Evening falls in Formentera
Yesterday we caught up on some much needed cleaning to remove some of the ingrained mud that seemed stuck to the rigging. We also serviced the masthead light which seemed to have developed an intermittent fault and replaced the tape on the spreaders. After over two hours in the boson's chair Avril’s legs were aching too much to complete the job and Pete did a stint in the evening only to have to stop when it was pointed out that the mud he was washing off was landing on the boat next door which had just arrived and washed it’s decks.
m_IMGP0687     Cleaning the mast and servicing the spreaders.
m_CIMG0727     A white board gives endless opportunities for amusement......