Last of the Balearics

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We stayed in Soller for another four days, still waiting for winds other than Easterly so we could head in that direction.  It was a great place to be based as there are many walks and hikes and lots of cafes with free WiFi to download films and music and check weather.  We haven’t had to be in a marina for two and a half months now as there are plenty of suitable anchorages in the islands, so we were pleased to find there was also free water to be had on the pontoon where we could also leave the dinghy, as one of the taps had no metre, so we spent one evening after dark ferrying back and forth with our water kegs managing to get about 250 litres.

We made a short sail early one morning, before it got too hot, up to Cala Calobra with our Swedish friends aboard plus their two dogs, where there is a hike up a dry river canyon called Torrent de Parreis.  It’s supposed to take 5-6 hours to reach the top and is classed as the most difficult in Majorca with much of it a scramble and climb through huge boulders and up steep sides.  The cala is deep so we had to anchor in 12 metres which felt strange.  It isn’t well protected from swell and can get too uncomfortable overnight, so we planned to make our way back to Soller in the evening.

There are wild goats dotted around the sheer cliff faces that made weird amplified sneezing noises at the dogs as we passed below and it’s so quiet the bird song that echoes around the canyon is amazing.  It was a fantastic day and a truly stunning place, we cooled down afterwards with snorkelling and had some lunch aboard before making our way back.

The next day we had an incredible storm.  We were out for food with Ulrika and Joel and watched as the sky turned black with the strangest cloud formations, then lit up with a crazy lightening show.

Just as we returned to our dinghys we were hit by the most torrential rain we’ve ever felt!  We towed our friends back to their boat as we had our outboard on and it was like having buckets of water thrown over you.  Strong winds and the worry of fork lightning around a packed anchorage kept us a little on edge for the night and we were glad not to have the tallest mast!

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Next day brought a lull and after bailing the dinghy out we decided to make a dash for it up the coast before the next lot of strong easterlies set in.  After messing around with sails and attempting the spinnaker for a bit we admitted defeat and had to motor sail as there wasn’t enough wind for our heavy old girl.

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We did have fun at the last leg as Kate and Mike on Kealoha V who’d left just after us caught up and we raced each other around the cape in fickle winds, probably doing about 3 kts and I think Kate even got a paddle out at one point.

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We eventually joined Ulrika and Joel in Cala Gossalba just around the NE corner.  They’d beaten us by at least an hour as their boat is a third of the weight and can sail to windward, so they had a great day of it.  We all decamped to the beach that evening and were joined by Ulrika’s cousin and girlfriend who were visiting from Sweden.

Next stop was Pollensa.  The depths are a bit variable but it doesn’t get less than 2m anywhere but what was a little disconcerting was passing through the sea plane landing area.  We anchored with about 30 other boats in the area they say is not allowed and that you get moved on (you obviously don’t) next to Kate and Mike.  They lent us their Optimist one evening so we took turns messing about in the anchorage.

davWe really want a sailing dinghy that you can also use a small outboard and oars with to use as our tender when ours gets too knackered, so it was great for me to have a go.

We hired a motorbike here so we could explore some of the mountains and inland Majorca.  We went to Deia and also Palma, the windy mountain roads being great fun, passing by lakes and through pine trees.  Ten hours later we returned the bike needless to say a little stiff and achy.

 

We left to cross to Menorca the next day, with winds on the nose, realising now if we were to wait for anything other than easterlies we’d still be in Ibiza!

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Unfortunately this meant we were also going into the swell which is always what gives me seasick symptoms so I spent the majority of the 5 hour crossing lying down.  However for the last hour and a half the thermals kicked in and we got to sail the last bit hooray!

We dropped the hook in Cala Santandria…crystal blue water, no swell, perfect.  We put a couple of lines off the stern to the rocks as it’s quite a small cala and spent two nights here.

We cycled the 10 minutes into Ciudadella on Saturday and wandered around the old town which is beautiful.

We also finally managed to finish editing our first video for YouTube and uploaded it…it’s only taken us nearly 11 months!!  We’ve been pretty lazy on that front and learning to use Premiere Pro editing suite is hard work, but now we’re over the first hurdle we’ve started working on the next one and it’s really fun watching back to last year when our adventure began. IMG_20170611_141136_763

It’s only for fun and a way for our family and friends to see what we’ve been up to and it’s also a great way for us to document our travels.

Our channel is called Sailing Bora Bora Victory 40 and you can find the first episode here

We’ve decided we’ll leave Menorca by Friday 16th June before the Mistral starts blowing and start our journey back out of the Med via Morocco.  Our initial plan is to do an overnight from here to Formentera, then possibly Calpe, Cartagena and maybe Aguadulce and Caleta de Valez.

We now know which parts of mainland Spain aren’t worth stopping at, and which anchorages and marinas are suitable in what conditions, so we plan to do a few long passages to cover the miles.  The distances above vary between 16 and 26 hours so we’ve got enough time to rest for a day or two between sails and most importantly it’ll get us used to doing some longer passages at sea for our Canaries trip in the Autumn.

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2 thoughts on “Last of the Balearics

  1. Great to hear all your news once again and to hear you’re still enjoying life aboard, exploring lots of the places we visited with Bora Bora (bringing back happy memories!) as well as lots of places we didn’t get to. The photos are brilliant. Thank you so much for keeping us up-to-date with your adventures. Wishing you lots more happy sailing!

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    1. Thank you! Nice to hear from you, hope you’re all well. We always wonder when we arrive at a place if Bora Bora has been here already! We are on our way back out of the Med now, had a couple of overnights to Cartagena, leaving this morning for Aguadulce. Hoping to get to Morocco before we go back to Algarve….did you go there? We’re thinking Smir or possibly Tangier.

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