Austin arrived at the boat about
on Saturday, 1st August. He had
been traveling since about 10am and had to fly from
Madrid to get the connection for
When he arrived, we were entertaining Bob and Mike, two
guys we had met at Guildford in March, at the ARC seminar
dinner. Bob lives in Mahon and had
kindly arranged a mooring for us at a discounted price, though the price, being
August, was still extortionate. Bob’s son Greg had also joined us so when
Austin climbed on board, there was
at least one other person present, of a similar age to himself.
Bob and Mike, with another friend, will be taking part in
the ARC and expect to arrive in Las
Palmas about a week before the departure date of
quite a hunk and heavily into, swimming, running, diving, sailing, climbing
etc.Together, we cleaned the boat
before leaving the mooring next morning. We needn’t have bothered. One hour from
the marina and into big seas, the decks and windows were soon getting more than
a fair share of water over the sides. The cushions on the seats at the front of
the boat, just stern of the netting, also got a good soaking.
This is the first season that we have utilized this set
of cushions. We didn’t realize when we kitted out the boat, that we wouldn’t
need them so they have been stored in one or other of the cabins, sothe covers are still dark blue. The
others, which have been in use constantly while we are on board, have been faded
by the sun.
However, once we were at sea, we sailed all the way to
our anchorage at Arenal Castell, where we spent the night.
Next morning, the sky, like yesterday, was still covered
in clouds. The wind had reduced considerably though the swells were still big
but not quite as big as yesterday. The motion of the boat through a confused
sea, was uncomfortable like yesterday. Unlike yesterday, when I had felt seasick
for the most of our passage, I took a stugeron before we left the
After the first half hour, when we had to motor-sail, we
were able to sail the rest of the way to the anchorage, in a protected part of
Cala Pregonda. Here we had lunch and swam. While we idled a few hours away, the
sun made its presence known and burnt off most of the cloud.
Mid afternoon, we raised the anchor and continued on our
passage to Cala Algayerens, sailing all the way, using the cruising
Next morning we left Menorca and
as we motored out of the bay, we could already see
Mallorca, 30+ miles away. There was very little wind and
we could do no more than motor sail, with the genoa, for about an hour, before
the wind reduced so much that we had to furl in the sail.
Twice we spotted dolphins in the slight, becoming smooth,
sea. In both cases, they didn’t approach the boat.
we tied to a mooring buoy in Bahia de Pollensa. There were about 20 other boats
in this part of the bay when we arrived. The swell was a bit hairy whenever a
fast motor boat went past but it settled down later..
We anchored in this bay when we cruised the islands in
the motor-cruiser in 2003. In those days, there were no mooring buoys and hardly
any other boats anchored here. We didn’t get all of these fast boats passing
Following a peaceful night, we left the mooring before
the traffic started to build up and cause the wake.
There was very little wind and we motored all the way to
Soller. We had anchored here in 2003 when we took the tram to the town about 2
miles away, then the train to
The naval buildings were still unoccupied but it is not
permissible to moor a private boat there.
We found an anchorage easily but as the afternoon
progressed, many more boats arrived and dropped their anchor. Fortunately there
was no wind, thus reducing the danger of hitting another boat, as one’s own boat
swung around during the night.
Next morning we were off to Andraitx, detouring slightly
to check out the anchorage at San Telmo. We had anchored in the bay at San Telmo
in 2003 although now, with all the mooring buoys in place, there was little
space to anchor. .
Once again, there was very little wind until we reached
the Isla de Dragonera and the Dragonera passage but by now we were venturing off
our course to look at the feasibility of spending a night in San Telmo bay,
during the next few days.
On arrival at Andraitx, we found a berth on the town
quay. The rates were very reasonable, half what we paid in
Menorca, which had been less expensive than the cost of
staying on the town quay in Alghero..
When Dick and Austin went to the office to register the
boat and pay the dues, the officer in charge asked if we wished to use the
electricity. When the offer was declined, they were told that there was no
choice, it was obligatory to pay for the electricity whether we used it or not.
We used the electricity.
Michael arrived about and we all stayed up chatting until just after
when it was more than time to
make for our beds.
Next morning we did some day sailing, utilizing the main
sail and the genoa then later, the cruising shute. By , there was too little wind to sail so we made for San
Telmo bay and picked up a mooring buoy. After about ten minutes, a red rib
arrived and the chap aboard told us that we had to move, that buoy was reserved.
He directed us to an available buoy and we practiced again, our skills for
picking up and attaching lines to a buoy.
Despite this being the busy season, a number of the buoys
The water was crystal clear and there were a lot of fish
of varying types, though none were large. The underwater rock formations were
We left the bay mid morning, on our way to the
Palma, and were soon sailing. The
cloud which had built up yesterday afternoon, had dissipated and the sun shone
Below: The 3 guys who will be with me on Tucanon during
the ARC 2009