We liked the look of this anchorage, albeit a little tight and decided to spend the day onboard and in the water.
David and Marian spent time with Charlie which was great, one challenge after the next, all connected with the water.
Early in the morning we looked up to see Classified II coming round the corner and into the anchorage. This would probably be the last time we meet them as they are off to Menorca soon and then Italy and the Greek Islands were they intend wintering. They have certainly been great companions for the last couple of weeks and we really hope that if we don't get a chance to meet up with them again on this trip then we will once we are all back in the UK. Lovely family and great friends.
Back on board Watermark IV, Waterwinky went into the water and fun was had towing people around in the water.
Marian ready for the off on a bodyboard behind Waterwinky. Oh no, is that Charlie at the controls.......!!!!!!
David sits watching all the excitement in the water........
We lunch onboard, yes, more prawns. They really were fantastic and spend the afternoon with an odd glass of wine and chat about life the universe and everything. David also took control of the galley for the evening meal. It was a real pleasure for Cathy to take her book and have a few mins to herself while Chef David churned out a spicy pork dish. It went down extremely well.........Thanks David.
As the day progressed, yet again we seem to simply spend it all in the water and relaxing but decided to go into town for a couple of hours. This would be the first chance for David and Marian to experience Waterwinky in true tender mode.
Waterwinky looking fully loaded but we still have the rubbish and Captain Marky to get in yet.......
We get ashore and meet up with Classified II for the official Porto Cristo photo........
From left to right - Captain Marky, Doug, Cathy, Michelle, Marian, David with William and Charlie in the front row.
If you look carefully at Charlie in the above picture you might notice that very trendy MONK looking haircut. Well, the story is, we paid for a professional haircut but Charlie decided to change it a little and took a pair of scissors to his own head after the event!!!!!! YES, that's the result. NICE - I don't think.
A great night was had by all where we again sat down with some live music, a couple of packs of cards etc etc.
The view across the marina towards the rock wall where Watermark IV is anchored up. At last, the clouds are breaking up a little and we get some sunlight.
All too quickly, time went on and we had to get back to the boats. A lovely evening was had.
Captain Marky and Cathy found peace and solace in tree hugging. "Please oh great mystical tree, let the blue skies return and stop this awful swell from the EAST... Big please???"
The night ends back on Watermark IV. All were too tied for more cards so William spends his last night on a sleep over with Charlie and the Gardiners retire to Classified II.
Doug and Michelle row off into the darkness towards Classified II.
Onboard Watermark IV we also opted for our beds. The swell had come up again and Cathy and I decided to stay on deck for the anchor watch. We were rather too close to the bouys and lines of the swimming area which needed watching if the wind or waves changed direction. It was David's and Marian's last night with us and typically as the night went on, the rockin' and rollin' started again and by morning we decided to drop David and Marian off back in Porto Colom. Their car was parked there and we would be guaranteed flat water. So, a win all round.
Return to Porto Colom
We left Porto Cristo first thing not wanting to sit and roll. As we left, we saw an interesting site, a man painting the lighthouse on the entrance to the porto.
Now that is a very long paint brush......... Hmmm, no blue skies here again. The weather is certainly typical in the Med this year, so everyone tells me.
The journey down was pretty lumpy. There was a 1 to 1.5m rolling sea which was confused and waves coming from all angles, mainly over the aft quarter. This made for a relatively uncomfortable ride. We travelled down on just half the jib but still covered the distance in just under 2 hours.
Where have those nice flat calm blue waters gone?????? It's this stuff that is causing all the rockin' and rollin' in those lovely little Cala's and disturbing the sleep.
David and Marian taking in their last hours of sailing and being on board Watermark IV. Unfortunately they were to leave in Porto Colom......real shame.
We rounded the headland and turned back into Colom. The waters immediately flattened and calm returned to Watermark. We found a nice spot and dropped the anchor. After tea and biscuits and a quick game of "Pass The Pigs" between Marian and Charlie, we unfortunately all parted company on the dockside after a last ride in Waterwinky.
It had been real fun having David and Marian onboard and we are all looking forward to getting back together again once we are back in the UK.Great friends to be treasured.