The Early Start
We had some 40nm to cover today so the anchor was lifted as soon as Colin, Harry, Cathy and Captain Marky were awake. The morning was very still and Pollansa Bay was a complete flat calm. The sky was quite dark and very cloudy, certainly not looking as good as it has done at this time of the day.
Colin and Harry at the helm of Watermark IV. "I know guys, it is early......"
Meanwhile, Beth had decided that she just check out the Pilot Guide for todays trip west..... Yeah, of couse she was.......
Cabo de Formentor
In order to get to the west coast we had to get around Cabo Formentor. This is the most northerly point of Mallorca and was responsible for adding 12nm to our journey south west. It's a stunning headland that is featured on so many postcards and one of the top 10 island sites to visit. Hmmm, guess we didn't see it at it's best....
A rather dull day looking at what should have been a spectacular sight of Cabo de Formentor.
As we rounded the headland we essentially turned south west put up some sails and headed for Porto Soller. However, we looked back to see the cloud coming lower with a spectacular view of the cloud blowing up and over the headland just like the plume coming off the top of Everest.
Low cloud hitting Cabo de Formentor.
Even though a dull day, the scenery was magnificent. There is no doubt that this coast is stunning and wild looking. The waters are very deep in depth and colour and certainly not many places to pull into. Once you set off for Porto Soller there are few safe anchorages to turn to if the weather changes suddenly. This coastline essentially presents a wall of volcanic rock to the weather and the elements which is also responsible for part of Mallorca's various climates.
A typical west coast view from the seaward side.
By 09:30hrs all onboard were up and awake, we enjoyed a full spread of ham , cheese and croissant breakfast on the water. The wind had filled a little and we were moving along at 3.5 - 4.0knts. Not a massive speed but steady progress.
Towing the team......
Beth, Harry and Charlie spent some time on the back of Watermark with there feet in the water. Although cloudy and a light breeze, the day was warm and some cooling water was what everyone wanted.
Beth, Charlie and harry sat on the back of the boat dangling their toes and trying to stay cool.
The skipper was keen to keep moving as progress for a 40nm journey was not what he hoped for but the younger crew members wanted some water activities. SO - yes, we'll do both at the same time. Sail the boat and tow the young ones behind the boat..........OK, there'll be some drag but we fulfill all the objectives and wants at that time.
Beth gets dragged behind Watermark IV. She did say that she was enjoying it but what does that face tell you????
A close up of Harry in the water, the speed has obviously picked up because Captain Marky is dragging him along as well. Keep that head up Harry and remember to BREATH.......!!
Charlie in mid flight. Soon after entering the water he forgot to hold on to the rope!!!!!!!! We all shouted "Hold the rope Charlie!!!" just like the a scene from the movie Forest Gump......
Not to miss out on things, Cathy decided that she wanted to try this out as well. In she jumped as confident as all the others only to end up with a small problem. The picture tells the story.
"Hold on..." shouts Cathy, "My bottoms are coming off...!!!!!!" Tee Hee Hee. "Are they?" the crew shouts. "Go faster Marky, we've got to lose them........"
Shortly after the towing episode, Cathy appears on deck in a rather unusal outfit.
"Guess who this is?" she shouts.
Cathy trying to lose a few years in age and look and dress like Charlie...........in his clothes!!!!
By early afternoon we were about 5nm out from Porto Soller, so there was time to stop somewhere nice for lunch and a swim. Cala Calobra was perfect. The entrance was stunning again. Very high cliffs and not noticeable until you are almost on top of the entrance.
The left hand side of Cala Calobra as we enter the small Cala.
View looking east up to the tiny beach in Cala Calobra.
There was not much space to anchor here as the water was very deep right up to the sides of the Cala. This meant a lot of chain was required to get a good hold on the seabed. I had 40m of 12mm chain down to get Watermark to hold. The other issues is because there are so few places to stop on this coastline there is always a lot of other boats looking for the shallower water.
Once the anchor was fixed, the back of the boat was opened up and all entered the water. It was delightfully clear and warm, very refreshing.
Charlie and Marky in the water - lovely....
Others join in - Hmmmm, nice bottom Charlie.........
Jelly Fish Alley
So why is it in life that all nice things have something horrible about them.....???? Yes, this beautiful Cala was heavily invaded by Jelly Fish and we already know who they love - yes, Charlie. Yet again, poor Charlie got stung quite badly from a long flowing stinging tentacle having wrapped around his leg, stinging him several times....
That was it, everyone came out of the water quickly!!!!! Out came the Jelly Fish sting cream and Cathy took control liberally applying the cream to a nasty sting - sorry, no pictures this time.
So that was it. We brought up the anchor and moved on.......