Underway towards Cartagena 36:40N 002:18W

Sue & Alan
Mon 4 May 2015 11:10
No sooner did we clear Europa Point yesterday morning, not for our first time - dolphins were plentiful. What we didn't expect was seeing couple of fairly large whales as well. Tempted as we might have been to enjoy a closer look, not wanting to tangle with these wonderful animals we simply continued our easterly course. Thus far 27 hours underway of which just four hours sailing. Good as it was at the time, we're still making hot water and coulombs for time being. Night-watch-keeping in the Med requires regular attention to fishing boats, vessels not under command (it seems the done thing for more vessels to just drift, maybe awaiting orders?) oceanographic ships, as well the odd boat .......... plus plentiful numbers of ships of every description aligning with the Traffic Separation Schemes plus local traffic passing through and between inside separation zones. Compared to an ocean crossing this part of the Med' can be very busy indeed, so timing is everything when contemplating li
kes of extended pees and dumps during lone overnight watches.
We're now only about 10NM from Cabo de Gata and moving out of sea area Aboran into Palos. This is welcome because weather forecasts have been predicting overnight near gales for Alboran and less challenging F6 in Palos. In any event, we are expecting some favourable very broad reaching later today and into the night. In order to avoid a marina ETA during the dark we are planning to drop the hook in a sheltered bay allowing us to enter Cartagena during daylight. Smart move we thinks!
Love to S,T,F & S. R,J,P & M xxx
Ticketeeboo MMSI 235071989 Callsign 2CED3, Ham callsign = m0hng
At 04/05/2015 05:16 UT our position was 36°31.15'N 002°53.06'W