It was an early start today as Watermark IV was on the move to Palma, Mallorca. We were pulling into Palma in order to meet some friends, Mike and Mary Oughton who I have known from my many years moored in Mercury Yacht Harbour on the Hamble River. They plan to stay with us for 4 days.
The alarm went early on board and Cathy and I raised the anchor leaving Charlie sleeping in his bunk. It was a very quite and gentle morning with hardly a breath of wind as we ghosted out of the Santa Ponca bay. We were soon to discover that others were also leaving early and crept out quietly at the same time.
Looking back westward at the entrance of Santa Ponca in the early hours of the morning. Very flat waters, little wind and a misty look to the day. Cathy and I don't see these very often nowadays!!!!!!
With the lack of wind we again had to motorsail our way to Palma. Leaving so early in the morning you get to expect this in the Mediterranean. It was only a short journey today, some 15nm and we very quickly got to the headland marking our northwards turn into Palma Bay.
Sunrise over Pte de Cala Figuera, the last headland before turning north into Palma Bay and the port of Palma.
A little later looking back southwards having rounded Pte de Cala Figuera.
We continued to motor north for a further hour when Palma Port came into view. It's a huge port, both commercial and pleasure craft. Infact, some 7,000 yachts are moored in a number of marinas. This time of year, berths for visitors are hard to come by and expensive - unless you happen to be a superyacht.......which Watermark IV is not........nevertheless, we had a berth for 2 nights at a "reasonable cost". Yes, a new definition of the word reasonable.......
A 'typical" superyacht moored up as we approached the Club de Mar Marina where Watermark IV was mooring up for 2 nights.
The back of a superyacht as we passed by, just look at the size of the black fender on the right hand side!!!!!! Everything is just so BIG.....!!!!
We radio'd the dock-master on Channel 9 as we neared the marina for instructions. This is a huge complex port and very difficult to sort out where to go without any assistance from the sailors in the marinas. Before mooring I wanted to take on some fuel so pulled up at the fuelling pontoon. I topped up Watermark IV with her €60 of diesel, but after chatting to the guys on the pumps it was very common for boats to take onboard 150,000l at a time!!!!!! Crickey, that is a fuel bill compared to my manageable 3.25l/hr when under engine.
We were assign berth 0225 and the sailors were there to meet us with a visitors pack on Palma already prepared. Now, that is service. Looks like we'll be getting something for our money.
The back of Charlie looking out across the marina as we entered.
Today was to be a busy day. We were here as early as we were allowed into the berth to prepare for Mike and Mary's visit. We'd already fuelled up, but we wanted to fill Watermark IV with water, wash the boat down, tidy and clean the visitors cabin, get some shopping and stores and decide on a plan for the next 4 days. (Not that we have kept to a single plan yet!!!!!!)