08/02/2011, Mallorca and Menorca
Hello again all!
As the title says, we are on the move again! After a 13 day stay in Palma having the boom fittings repaired, we left on Sunday and headed around the west coast of Mallorca to a bay that Graeme and Lynley know call Cala de Sala Calobra. This is a little north of Soller if you want to check it on the map.
We spent a pleasant night on anchor there and then motored most of the way to the north side of the island called Menorca. Near the middle on the top edge is a bay called Cala Mica which is where we sepnt another pleasant evening. The blow up kayak was deployed and a visit ashore was underway.
Today we are off again on a long leg to Sardinia - about 180 miles. All going well, we should be in there later tomorrow afternoon. From there, we have yet to make a plan...
So all is well here on Destiny!
07/23/2011, Palma de Mallorca
Well, you probably know by now, but we are in Palma de Mallorca!
We had a good trip from Horta and encountered good winds acroos the Atalantic to Gibraltar, but just off Gibraltar the wind came up nd was directly on the nose, so that made it unpleasant. However with just a mainsail up and effectively 2nd reef, we motorsailed into the wind and made it in to the Med!
We continued to motorsail and then just motor as once through the Gibraltar Strait, the wind dropped away and we couldn't sail well.
We called in to Catagena on the way to ensure we had enough diesel to get to Palma and late afternoon on Monday, 18 July we arrived.
We are now having repairs done and the boom looked at once again witht he view to getting it sorted so that no one has to worry/stress over it.
So thats it in a nut shell!
07/15/2011, Just off Gibraltar
We have made it to the Med!
Took us a while to break through in to Gibraltar as we had strong winds right from the direction we wanted to go. Unfortunately, a sail yacht can not sail straight in to the wind so we have had to take our way up through the heads.
We have had very strong winds for four of the last five days, with yesterday being the only day where it calmed down a bit. At 6am this morning it all came back and we are again until very little sail and motoring to get us through it.
We will not be calling in Gibraltar this time in order to save some time and get to Palma.
Will update some time soon if we get the chance!
Cheers Crew of Destiny!
Well at 11:30 this morning, we dropped our lines at Horta and restarted our voyage east!
We have said farewell to Jeff on Friday and welcome Nelson back onboard even after the fact he took the long route to get to us with missed connections and all that other typical airline type thing.
Horta has put on a great day for our departure. Clear skies and good winds from the southwest to get us going. But now that we are out of the island influence, the winds have returned to their flukey games that we had coming into Horta.
We have a little over 1000 miles to run to Gibraltar. How long we will stop there (if at all) has yet to be decided. It will depend on the time it takes us to get there.
So stay tuned and watch for updates. You will at least get a map update once a day and I hope that someone will create a blog entry regularly as well!
Have a great day - we are!
Graeme, Lynley, Nelson, Hartley and Martin!
07/07/2011, Horta, Azores
Well, we are signed up and ready to go so this is just a test t make sure that Graeme knows how this works...
Hopefully this means we will be able to update the blog by email each day we are at sea!
Here goes - :-)
Welcome to the blog site for SV Destiny - a 2010 Hylas 70 sailing yacht.
Destiny has a new crew and we are half way across the Atlantic heading towards the Mediterreanean for the summer.
As we take on a new boat, we have to learn the systems in place and customise some of them to what we like etc. This is what this blog is all about. We hope to be able to send periodic updates to the blog on our travels over the coming season and beyond.
Hope this works out well for everyone and look forward to your comments as well!
Relax and enjoy!
Graeme & Lynley