We'd enjoyed our night in Palma in the marina but it was time to get off and live on the anchor again. Watermark set off mid morning just as the winds were starting to fill in. Our plan was to sail to Sant Jordi which lies just before the most south eastern point of Mallorca. It involved crossing the bay of Palma and heading eastwards. We hope to meet up with Doug, William and Classified II in a couple of days time so that Charlie has his playmate again.
Leaving Palma and Club de Mar. Certainly a different look to that which Mike and Mary last saw. Blue skies and sun again......
The winds freshened to a good south/south west Force 3, Watermark IV picked up her speed and it was a real pleasure to be sailing again. We sailed close hauled to the the wind towards a slight turning point at the bottom of Palma Bay - Cabo Blanco
Watermark under full sail with binimi out sailing close hauled passed Cabo Blanco, Mallorca.
As we rounded Cabo Blanco and the large light on the tip we were able to free off the wind and pick up more speed. It was a straight line for Sant Jordi.
Charlie taking it comfortably easy on the underside of Waterwinky......."Hey Marky, let me chill !!!!"
80's Disco Mix
Watermark's crew were yet again very relaxed in these perfect sailing conditions. With spirits high, on went the music and for a couple of hours we had a very loud 80's Disco Mix courtesy of the iPod. All onboard took advantage of the autopilot and dancing on deck seemed appropriate. Suspect any boats looking at us would simply have put it down to "Mad dogs and Englishmen"....
5hrs later we arrived at Sant Jordi. There were large rocks at the entrance to this Puerto, some marked, others not!!!! Once inside we discovered just have shallow it was and dropped the anchor in 3m of water. Watermark draws 2.2m under the keel, so that left 80cm under the keel. Hey Ho - won't need that much chain out here then.
Entering Sant Jordi - not the most attractive entrance we have had.....
Sant Jordi beach looking north west from where Watermark was moored.
This was to be a short stay - just a single night. Waterwinky stayed on board and we had no desire to go ashore. We had a light dinner of snacky stuff and settled down to a few rounds of cards for the evening.
The Pants Event
Tonight was a night to make a few calls home. It'd been a while since I'd spoken with family. I was halfway through leaving a message for my nephew who has just achieved a 2:1 degree to see Charlie hoisting my underwear up the mast. It was not so much the underwear but the fact we'd end up with a halyard at the top of the mast and someone would have to go up the mast and retrieve it!!!!!! So I shouted out to "STOP" plus a few other important words to make sure he heard and understood. Meanwhile, all this was recording on my nephew's phone. When I finally got through, they wondered what was happening on board and thought we were about to crash Watermark!!!!!!! Hey Ho.......
Oh yes - I did go and retrieve my underwear.......not particularly flattering but practical and functional.
Cathy & I slept again on deck. Although the water was shallow there was still a swell and the boat did it's usual "rock 'n' roll". Something that we are slowly getting used to. We seem to spend more time sleeping on deck nowadays then we do in a bunk but it is great lying there, covered over looking up at a clear sky and pointing out the stars.