We had all slept in the cockpit the previous night as it was getting a little stuffy down below at night. It's a great feeling being out under the binimi with a gentle breeze blowing across your head and using the iPad to look at the stars and consellations. However, it does mean that you generally rise early. On this morning I rose promptly, could feel a breeze, checked the instruments and we had a F2 from the north. We were essentially travelling south east today so that would be ideal and the skipper decided to push off there and then. The great thing about being at anchor is that it only takes 10mins to get the boat ready and you can then just get off - lovely.
Cathy rose as well and took control of Watermark whilst Captain Marky went forward and brought up the anchor. It had certainly held well in this Cala. One last look back, as is the norm, and we were on our way. We had about 25nm to sail today but with lighter airs I was expecting it to take about 6hrs.
Also at this time, there are usually lots of very small boats crammed with people who like to fish early in the day.
The early morning fisherman just off the southern coast of Menorca. The waters were very still once we got out of the Cala..
Unfortunately, once out onto the water the wind died and we had to motor sail for a while but eventually picked up, changed direction and we found ourselves beating down the coast to the south eastern tip of the island. There is a small island at this point called Isla del Aire and it's possible to slip in between the main island and this one. As it was a slighter shorter route we did just this to discover some wonderful water. Just when you have seen clear, blue water - you find some stuff that is better....
Wonderful turquoise water.........."Come on in..." it shouts
Isle del Aire on the south eastern tip of Menorca looking south east as we pass on through.
Again the winds began to die and again we had to put the engine on as we turned north up the east coast of Menorca. At this point we noticed that the GPS had clicked over to 004 degrees EAST. The realisation that this was as far east as we were going and from now on it will be decreasing as we make our way back to Palma. It was also a very sad reminder that we only have just over 2 more weeks left of this trip.
But not to have our spirits dampened, Cathy and Charlie provided entertainment onboard with some sort of photo shoot......
All pictures courtesy of Charlie Swift photo's limited........
Well - you have to laugh!!!!!!!!! Soon after that, there was NO surprises as to what Charlie decided to do and no surprise that we didn't catch any fish again. In all the miles we have done we have still not caught a fish off the back of the boat whilst sailing along??????
But NOTE yet another new pair of boxers for Charlie.......Hmmm, not only is he comfortable in pink but also dayglow blue.......
Before long we were rounding the corner and making our way up Mahon harbour. Beautiful and it is Europe's largest natural harbour - so I'm told.
Cathy steers Watermark up into Mahon harbour with Captain Marky on the navigation front. Crickey they have Cardinal Buoys and port & starboard marks. This is back to serious stuff again....
The entrance to the harbour is very narrow and lots of signs of it's naval history. It is littered with old naval buildings.
A selection of views going up Mahon harbour to our booked marina berth......
We eventually make the marina that we have booked into. There are very few anchorages in this harbour and none close to the town. But one advantage is that we can plug Watermark's batteries into the shore power and and let the chargers do their business.
At about 14:00hrs we reversed up to the quayside, tied the lines, dropped the gangway onto the back of the boat and walked ashore. Fantastic and "Welcome to Mahon".
Todays sail was a very thoughtful one knowing that after Mahon we are turning back and heading home. I kept staring at the blue water thinking that we wont be seeing this again for a very long time. Mark keeps saying that we have to enjoy these final weeks and not think about going home but it is difficult. I think we are all going to find it very strange coming back to the UK, traffic, Tesco's, school, deadlines and having to wear a watch but to name but a few. I am going to do what I hate the most which is shop. All my friends out here will know how much I try and avoid the shops but the clothes over here are wonderful and a lot cheaper than the UK plus the shops are small and very accessible. We all need a new wardrobe. 90% of our clothes will have to be thrown away after all the salt and suntan cream. The thought of queuing up in West Quay feels me with horror. Over here it is quite a nice experience. I have convinced Marky to join in as well , he so needs a make over.. I think he likes the pink boxers so i may be trusted with buying some more items...Watch this space for the Marky and Cathy's fashion parade.
The view off the back of Watermark IV across to the trendy bar and restaurant area of Mahon.