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Date: 21 Oct 2011 19:56:53
Title: Torrevieja to Marina de las Dunas

Position 38:06.495N  0:38.669W Marina de las Dunas
 
First a bit about Torrevieja where I stayed two nights at 32 euros a night. I only stayed because of a strong unfavourable wind. I was moored next to an old wooden project.
 
 
The strange symbol on the back is just that..........strange. Notice the special paint effects.......some of it rubbed off on Minka's fenders during the night.
 
 
I think I should offer a prize to the best caption explaining what this is about. A great opportunity missed for the green grocer's apostrophe
 
 
I think the new windlass on the pointy end is worth more than the boat. You have to admire anyone taking on a project like this........I just hope he has a long life expectancy. There are also some very posh boats
 
 
This is a very large aluminium built yacht with an aerorig. The bow and stern booms look like they are made of very expensive scaffolding. The winches on the mast are bigger than Minka's engine. This was easily the largest yacht in Marina Salinas.
 
I had an early start this morning and went to fill up with diesel before the marineros got up at noon. We then set off aiming to go to about 15nm to Santa Pola. Can that place having anything to do with Father Christmas, his toy factory and reindeer farm at the North Pole (no children they don't eat the ones with red noses). Anyway I had a disaster soon after leaving ...........it rained. Proof below
 
 
Some explanation. This is a picture of the chart plotter with a radar overlay. Minka is bottom left just below where it says Torrevieja. The straight line pointing from her north with a little east is her predicted track and to starboard (ok the right) is the rain and two fishing boats in there somewhere. At this point the sky looked black ahead with a little lightning and quite a lot of thunder. Then it rained on us and we weren't amused so we came into this place which was interesting. It is a marina off a river and that creates a problem in that it silts up. The depth sounder kept going off coming in and the alarm is set when there is less than 1 metre under the keel. It got down to 0.7nm which is a water depth of 2.3mts.
 
The good bit is with the unsettled weather in the ten miles we covered we did sail a good bit of it with winds varying from 335 veering to 190 degrees and strengths from 4 to 16kts. So plenty of sail trimming.

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