Getting to the ARC pt1 Mallorca to Cartegena
The story so far ( well anyway as far as Cartegena), we bought our boat two years ago in Italy with the ARC in mind. Here is the boat as we first saw it in Carara! We know that it is considered bad luck to change a boat’s name but hope that in our case the Gods will make an exception. The boat which was apparently previously named after an Italian childrens’ cartoon character is now Moondancer. It is a Dufour 40 and we have been completely delighted with it.
cruised all the
So we set
off from Parsons Green back in July and started our journey with a three day
ISAF course at the
Somewhat ominously as we set off the skies to turned leaden and the heavens opened so we got soaked as we set off on the short 18 mile hop to the beautiful nature reserve Isle of Cabrera. You are not allowed to anchor here, but have to pick up one of fifty moorings which are free but have to be reserved.
Once there the sky cleared in time to celebrate our departure in style
Cabrera we went on to Eulalia in
From Formentera we set off for the mainland and were sailing well with our new assymetric for most of the crossing but then our spinnaker halyard went and to cut a long story short, the sail ended up caught in our saildrive and we had to drag it behind the boat for the 12 remaining miles into Javea, where the Real Club were really helpful, coming out to tow us in in the dark. The next day we were lifted out, and the sail unentangled from the sail drive. All was apparently OK other than the sail of course and needless to say we provided great amusement all round.
After this excitement we had to stay an extra night in Javea before setting off round the coast.
Getting to Cartegena was relatively uneventful as we sailed past mile after mile of unspeakably unattractive developments, separated by the occasional patch of more pretty coastline. Benidorm, Torrevieja, and La Manga are really quite a sight from the sea, although the marina in Torrevieja is the old fishing port in the heart of the old town and surprisingly nice. We saw dolphins although they were always too quick for the shutter on our old digital camera, and once a sailfish jump. Cartegena, by contrast to many of the towns we had sailed past was not that touristy, mainly Spanish and held a major naval base, providing lots to look at including this submarine, a pretty waterfront, and that hat with Moondancer behind on the right.
returned to the