Mahon harbour has quite a strict approach to mooring in the harbour, very much wanting you to moor in the marina's and on the facilities provided - albeit at a price......!!!!! However, the one anchorage that does remain is just at the entrance to the main harbour called Cala Taulera. So, once it got to the time to leave Marina Estrella we motored the 3nm to the anchorage, found a space and dropped the hook.
The anchorage seems to be in the middle of an old military area and is surrounded on all sides by classic antique naval brick buildings, very much like the stuff you would see in and around Portsmouth harbour.
Watermark's crew stow the fenders just after the marina in Mahon - they wanted evidence on the blog that they did sail this boat!!!!!
So who's really in charge - I'll leave YOU to decide that.....
Crickey, and Charlie gives the skipper a little respect with a very naval looking salute....
Views around the Cala showing signs of the naval history in this area.
This is the first Cala that we have been into where there appears to be quite a strong port authority presence. They simply cruised through and smiled sweetly. Must be the blue ensign.!!!
It didn't take long once anchored up for a new sport to evolved. Yes, bubble blowing...... A very strong mixture of washing up liquid and water and some sort of home made frame to form the bubbles.
Charlie found the best tool was a plastic water bottle with the bottom cut off which he dipped in the mixture and blew. Looks more like a glass bubble to me!!!!!
Of course this activity sent Captain Marky mad with all the spots and streaks of washing up liquid all over the fibreglass and the teak decks - leaving everything slippery under foot......All Charlie could say was "Well, it keeps things clean!!!" Grrrrrrrr......it took me 2hrs waxing and cleaning to bring it back again.
More fun in the water
The temperatures in the Cala rose quite substantially and we were well into the mid thirties, no wonder all wanted to get into the water.
Cathy goes off swimming in an attempt to cool down in the scorching sun.
Charlie enters the water the other way on the end of the spinnaker halyard..... Don't forget to let go this time......!!!!
The thing that was different about this Cala was that someone had realised that the thing yachties have to do is shop and that carrying fluids is always heavy so he was providing a delivery service to the boat from the local Spar. Fantastic idea and we have often wondered why more Cala's haven't had people doing the same. We duly ordered up plenty of drinks and some fresh bakeries for the next day.
Our groceries being delivered at 07:30hrs (touch early for us) direct to the boat - fantastic......We had soft drinks but all the others appeared to have ordered more beer!!!