10/20/2014, Almerimar Marina Spain
Just to add to the last blog, catching up with old friends is always great and to share a meal or two is even better when the food is almost some of the best we have had. As a matter of fact the Spanish do put on a great spread, even if you just want to have a few tapas right up to a full sit down meal. For the ones who have not come across the Spanish tapas they are a small plate made up of a multitude of choices from chillie chicken to sea food and almost everything in between, they are usually served with a drink for free. The sweets menu is something else as you can see in the photo with Ian and Steve.
Just to give you an idea of where we are and how big this marina is, here is a link to a youtube clip that I found, it's a shame that the person who took the video did not clean their windscreen first. Your text to link...
Our departure day looks like it should be Thursday now, I did say that we might be leaving yesterday but the wind exceeded the original forecast by quite a bit and that would have made for a bumpy ride and Annie does not do bumps very well.
Life is good on Annecam.
10/18/2014, Almerimar Marina Spain
From time to time we get to meet up with the same cruisers on their yachts in our travels. Some of them we get to meet in person and others we just recognize them from a distant bay, anchorage or marina but to catch up with cruisers that we spent some time with where we wintered Annecam last year is always a hoot. Here in Almerimar we have four yachts and a fifth one has only just sailed on last week from our winter marina last year, the Marina de Cala del sole in Sicily.
The more we get to see here in Spain the more we like this place, the people are always nice and friendly and the prices we are paying for provisions is more than reasonable, the weather is fantastic and nice and warm. There is snow up on the mountains but it is still nice down here on the coast.
The photo is Stephanie and Lynne going through some of the Koala and Kangaroo key rings we purchased in Australia to give away as gifts to the special people we get to meet in our travels.
Life is very friendly on Annecam.
10/16/2014, Almerimar Marina Spain
We have had a very productive time over the last few days on Annecam and today should see the last of the boat jobs complete, so it is almost time to give the decks and cockpit a good wash to get rid of the accumulated grime.
I mentioned in one of our early blogs about all of the wonderful people we get to meet while cruising and this part of the world has been no exception. There seems to be a very strong and common thread between cruisers. We have people from all walks of life around us and they all have their stories of how they came to get here, some are seasonal cruisers and have a home to go back to at the end of each season and some are full time live-a-board cruisers.
The down side to what we are doing is there are always the goodbyes, we get to spend some good quality time with them enjoying listening to their stories of how they met and of all of the places they have been to but in the end we have to say goodbye and move on. We do follow each other on our respective blogs or on good old facebook, our email address book is constantly growing.
The youtube link is of one lovely young Australian couple who came over to Europe to purchase their own yacht to sail back to Australia in less than eighteen months, so goodbye and good luck to Helen and Simon on their yacht called Interlude1. We will be watching you with interest as you will be sailing ahead of us on almost the same course as we will be going. Your text to link...
Life is almost back to normal on Annecam.
10/14/2014, Almerimar Marina Spain
We had a short burst of snow up on the mountains overlooking the marina with a lot of wind down here along the coast, even with the snow up above us it is still nice and warm where we are.
The boat jobs are almost all complete, we have installed new dinghy hold down straps and the main sail is repaired ready to be picked up along with our new staysail and a second genoa to carry as a spare for the Atlantic crossing and beyond.
We will know for sure by Saturday but this Sunday looks like a good day to start heading towards Gibraltar and if the weather forecast holds true we will make two overnight stops along the way breaking the passage down to three short days.
The photo is the view of the mountains we had today from Almerimar.
Life is all sweet on Annecam.
10/12/2014, El Cortijo Grande
We have been kidnapped by a lovely English couple we met in Sardinia. David and Chantal sailed into the Marina Villasimius while we were there on their yacht Seaclusion. They were berthed alongside us and the course of events that followed was quite amazing, we had a conversation about some of the coincidences that had happened to us on our voyage around the Med, talk about a small world, our kidnappers David and Chantal came from Horsham but the one in England, we come from Horsham Victoria, Australia.
David picked us up from Almerimar and drove us to their stunning home up in the mountains, it has been great to catch up with them and share stories of our collective adventures since our meeting in Sardinia.
We did not ride the horses or play golf but this youtube clip will give you a good idea of where we are. Your text to link...
Life is meeting beautiful people on Annecam.
10/11/2014, Almerimar Marina Spain
Our rig is now tuned, ready for the next chapter in our journey thanks to Andy the local rigger. We had to winch him up the mast no fewer than four times thanks to a broken screw inside the genoa furler that involved dropping the forestay to be able to gain access to one small screw. It was a great pick up by Andy, as it would have gone un-noticed as it was under one of the covers. It is a good feeling to know that our rig is very sound and in great condition.
Our main sail baton pockets have now been repaired and the sail maker Colin gave us a stay sail to try plus we will purchase another genoa to set up for wing on wing sailing when we get into the trade winds in the Atlantic.
We have met some wonderful people while cruising here in the Med on Annecam, we had a great evening around the pool table in a local restaurant called Mario's with a lovely English couple Steve and Lynne pictured here with Annie who are here for the winter on their yacht Aztec Dream.
Life is all good on Annecam.