Heading for Cala Porter
Not only do we wake to the sound of the bakery delivery man we also woke to the noise of a firm breeze blowing from the south east. This was just the right direction for heading round to Cala Porter. No sooner had we finished breakfast we brought up the anchor and motored out of Cala Taulera and back into the entrance to Mahon.
The wind had been blowing all night from the east or south east and had caused the sea to build. The waves were only about a 1m to 1.5m in height but straight on the bow as we left. Charlie and Cathy took the opportunity to sit up on the bow and take a few wet ones over their already hot bodies.......
Cathy and Charlie sit up forward in front of Waterwinky waiting for those big wet ones......
The wind was blowing around 12knts across the deck which was lovely and we pushed on south very quickly making the south west tip, Isla De Aire in an hour. The give away signs of this headland are the deep turquoise waters as we experienced on the way round to Mahon. As we rounded the headland we also found ourselves in the lee of Isla de Aire which also meant that the waters flattened a lot. We turned east, the wind went round behind us and we popped out of the shelter of the island. Immediately the boat started to roll and Cathy and Charlie found the movement to be quite uncomfortable - Sturgeons (sea sickness tablets) all round.
Remember these waters - beautiful......
We had about 7nm to do to reach our Cala and our anchorage for the night. However, the wind continued to rise getting upto 16knts, still great sailing, but with the wind came a bigger sea which was coming from the southeast. The boat was rock 'n' rollin'.........Captain Marky changed the wind angle on the boat to help things but also meant slightly longer on the water. After an hour and half of this we reached Cala Porter, rounded the headland to find the bathing area was much bigger than the pilot showed, there were serveral boats already in and all had tied to the rocks because of the rolling sea running into the Cala. We motored around the what we could of the Cala but it was very uncomfortable and would not be a good nights sleep - so, we moved on...........
An hour later we reach Cala Trebelujer. The seas were still rolling in from the southerly direction and all the Cala's on the south coast of Menorca would probably be affected. We entered the Cala, put the anchor down and waited to see how it set and more to the point - what Watermark would do.
Sure enough we wallowed from side to side, up and down and the whole experience was not suitable for a night time anchor. Interestingly, there was only one other boat in the anchorage and the skipper was also stood on the bow of his boat watching his anchor!!!!! We know why that was?????
Another truely beautiful Cala but the same issue..........
So that's 3 anchorages that we didn't want to spend the night at anchor in. The next stop meant back to Cala Galdana just 1.5nm away, so that was were we went.....
Beautiful blue seas but with an ugly underlying swell. No worries when out sailing, actually very pleasant but creates havoc on the stability of the boat when anchored in shallow water.
"Are we almost there yet?" asks Charlie again......
Cala Galdana - unfortunately again.
We pulled into Cala Galdana. It was a little better, not much, but better and frankly would have to do. We tried to get in as close under the lee of the headland as possible and dropped the anchored. Watermark was laying both into the waves and the wind. Great, she nodded in the way she was comfortable too.
We soon put Waterwinky back into the water and went ashore. Cathy and Charlie continued to rock 'n' roll on the shore and getting off Watermark had been another Krypton Challenge.....particularly with the deterioration in Cathy's knee........no pain, just difficult to lock the knee which had surgery a few months ago. This means she's not as agile as is required on these rocky 'Watermark - Warterwinky' transfers off the back of the boat.
Yet another bad night on board.
We stayed ashore until after dark but eventually returned to Watermark. The wind had done its usual and switched around to the north but the wave direction was from the south. Technically a second stern anchor would be the right thing but with other boats so close we needed to swing in the same direction as them!!!!! This is generally the case with anchoring in the Med.
The consequences, yes - you guessed, we rock 'n' rolled again all through the night until the light southerly kicked in at daybreak. Sleep was not very fore coming through the night and we all slept up on deck to try and stay comfortable. How did we feel, well, Cathy summed it up with her comment - "I feel like I've just gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson!!!"
A second day and night.
The next day we took Waterwinky back ashore for some Wi-Fi and the internet. We sat with large cold drinks looking at the wave data on a website called Passage Weather. It showed the wave directions and heights to remain unchanged for the next few days so all of the south coast of Menorca would be the same - rolling swell coming right through the entrance of the southish facing Cala's.
Decision - stay one more night and more round to the east coast first thing in the morning.
We decided to stay ashore as much as possible where Charlie made the best of the hotel swimming pools.
Charlie takes a water flume in Cala Galdana hotel.
In this temperature Cathy gets involved and takes the plunge with Charlie. "Oh - that's a grrrreat shower ...." says Cathy "And I can let the water run for more than Captain Marky's 10 measly seconds..!!!"
That evening we also took in more entertainment at the hotels. It was a few games of pool;
Judging by those facial expressions all were glad to not be bouncing around on Watermark IV!!!!!! OR - was it the 2 for 1 happy 3 hours that the Bar Missisippi does so well......Hmmmm, think you can guess that one.
And tonight's act was an unusual mixture where the same guy was a Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Elvis "lookie likey" all in one act...... Captain Marky has been here too long and needs to get back to reality because - he liked it......Ouch, that is embarassing.....
Sorry for the blurred picture - Tina kept moving!!!!!!
Well, it got passed midnight and we couldn't really stay out much longer. Waterwinky took us home, again the wind was from the north, again the waves were from the south, again we had boats close to us, again we couldn't deploy a stern anchor - looks like another Ground Hog Night.............roll on east coast Menorca tomorrow.