We awoke quite early in San Pedro in the main due to the rocking and the fact we were sleeping in the cockpit. A quick brew, coffee and tea and we picked up our anchor and decided on an early start for our next destination. We had planned a 35nm hop to Aquilas where we would again drop the anchor and spend the night - "swinging on the hook". With an early start and plenty of time we allowed the boat to gently drift out of the cove, around the corner and started north again.
The winds were very light and affected in some way by each headland but slowly the breeze filled in.
Charlie entertaining us with his Lady Ga Ga mime. Note the new "Mini Hollywood" hat.
Mid morning I decided to switch on the data roaming on my iphone and just test the weather for where we were going, as well as for Saturday. I use an app called "Windfinder" which has proven to be quite reliable and this was showing a good southerly for today but turning to the northeast on saturday and building to an avg wind of 16/18knts guesting 23/24knts on occasions. This would mean that Saturday would be right on the nose so you can add 6 knts to those numbers. Hmmmm, not ideal.
So - change of plan - with this great southerly we could head straight to Saturday's stop - Cartagena and that's what we did.
Unfortunately the wind eased a bit and by mid afternoon it was a motor sail to get us in port before 20:00hrs. It was a very uneventful but long trip, some 12hrs continuous sailing. Charlie amused himself by building paper aeroplanes and tried his hand at a Watermark V......We floated it in the Med but she soon got left behind the real thing. In desperation for excitement he turned to tying up Cathy with loose pieces of rope, followed by lego and a few bits of school work.
Blue sky, blue water and a warm breeze. A pleasure being on Watermark IV in these conditions.
Views looking North at the coastline west of Cartagena.
The Gib rolled up and motoring the last part into Cartagena. The lovely Cathy on the bow in this years ship wear.
The harbour is quite sizeable and also home to some of the Spanish Navy's ships. It has quite a history going back to some 243 BC. It would appear that everyone has had a stab at holding this port throughout history and we intend getting out into the city to explore this.
We did pop in on our first evening to find that the Spanish Navy's band were playing with a choir which appeared to be recorded, both sound and video. We duly stopped and enjoyed the free entertainment along with everyone else, as you can see below.
Spanish Navy Band with choir preforming for the evening. Not sure why????? But it was free.
Closer view of the whole event.
This port is surrounded by hills and we saw a lovely sunset to end a very long day.
Sunset over the hills looking west surrounding Cartagena.
So I'm sat here now in the marina having done our longest distance in a day yesterday, some 60nm, 12hrs and a solid north easterly is blowing - 16knts in the shelter we have here. Probably another 5 to 10knts outside this harbour. The crew coped admirably yesterday and no signs of sea sickness anywhere.
It's now blistering hot, 30 degrees down below so I think plenty of fluids today.......Hmmmmm, what shall I have. One for the imagination.......no replies needed.!!!????