Minka of Southampton - Cruising Log
Wed 19 Oct 2011 18:38
Position update - 37:58.259N 0:40.852W Torrievieja Salinas Marina
The wind was kind to me today and we sailed to Thomas Maestre which is the entrance to the Mar Menor. I planned to go in there and check out prices for winter berthing. I went up the canal and waited for the bridge to open at the designated time but no movement. For a moment I thought I was back in Russia! I tried calling the Control Tower up but they didn't reply so after half an hour I decided to carry on up to Torrevieja as it was a friendly wind for once. I have just had an email from my friend Manuel who says he thinks there is a problem with the bridge and it is only opening twice a day at the moment.
This marina insists you go onto their holding pontoon whilst you go to the office and do all the paperwork. This is fine but the pontoon is about a metre higher than Minka's deck and it was blocked by a large clockwork tupperware box. Anyway the wind was blowing me on so I let that do the work and didn't damage any egg sandwiches. The paperwork here is incredible but no problem as the young women doing it are very easy on the eye.
This place was certainly testing my skills as firstly I had to get off the holding pontoon with 20kts blowing me on and trying to avoid the plastic brick. I had to employ my magic technique which gave the Marinero apoplexy as I got within three inches of the tick tock box before getting off. He had the last laugh though as he put me onto a stern to mooring with a strong crosswind and no downwind boat to lean on.................
Tomorrow for the first time I will be treading ground that I didn't cover last year so you might get some fuller blogs.