The adventures of Flirtie

25 June 2016 | Port Andraitx, Club de Vela (position: 39 32.610'N 02 23.038'E)
24 June 2016 | Sant Elm (position: 39 34.582'N 02 21.070'E)
23 June 2016 | Sant Elm (position: 39 34.582'N 02 21.070'E)
22 June 2016 | Port Andraitx, Club de Vela (position: 39 32.649'N 02 23.074'E)
22 June 2016 | Port Andraitx, Club de Vela (position: 39 32.649'N 02 23.074'E)
22 June 2016 | Port Andraitx, Club de Vela (position: 39 32.649'N 02 23.074'E)
17 June 2016 | Port Andraitx, Club de Vela (position: 39 32.649'N 02 23.074'E)
16 June 2016 | Santa Eulalia marina (position: 38 59.063'N 01 32.406'E)
15 June 2016 | Santa Eulalia marina (position: 38 59.063'N 01 32.406'E)
15 June 2016 | Cala Llonga (position: 38 57.185'N 01 31.439'E)
12 June 2016 | Cala Llonga (position: 38 57.185'N 01 31.439'E)
12 June 2016 | Cala Yondal (position: 38 51.945'N 01 19.027'E)
10 June 2016 | Cala Yondal (position: 38 51.945'N 01 19.027'E)
10 June 2016 | Port Roig (position: 38 52.126'N 01 18.199'E)
09 June 2016 | Cala de Port Roig (position: 38 52.126'N 01 18.199'E)
09 June 2016 | Espalmador (position: 38 46.667'N 01 25.648'E)
07 June 2016 | Isla Espalmador (position: 38 46.667'N 01 25.648'E)
07 June 2016 | Ensenada del Cabrito (Calo de S'Oli) (position: 38 43.744'N 01 24.232'E)
07 June 2016 | Espalmador (position: 38 46.667'N 01 25.648'E)
05 June 2016 | Ensenada del Cabrito (Calo de S'Oli) (position: 38 43.744'N 01 24.232'E)

Mallorca, Sant Elm to Port Andraitx (again) Log

25 June 2016 | Port Andraitx, Club de Vela (position: 39 32.610'N 02 23.038'E)
Bruce and Caroline
houses on the hills just outside the entrance to Port Andraitx

Another sleepless night - we don't believe it! Throughout the day conditions were relatively calm and we didn't notice any appreciable swell but as soon as the wind dropped we were left with a swelly sea which Flirtie lay beam onto, rolling constantly from side to side. If this wasn't bad enough the buoy kept banging on the side of the hull too, unbelievable!

We really didn't fancy another night being kept awake either through rolling or through anchoring antics so we decided to head back to Port Andraitx for the night given that we haven't experienced any problems there so far.

Within an hour we were tied up to one of the Club de Vela buoys with a whole afternoon ahead of us. We didn't want to go ashore so instead decided to repair the dinghy leak whilst it hung in the davits.

The experience of rolling around has got us thinking about solutions and following a Google search there appears to be a simple solution to overcome the problem that doesn't involve selling the boat and buying a camping car! 'The Frugal-Mariner' appears to have the answers and we'll be giving it a go if room allows. We've never really experienced this rolling before but now that we're in the Med we continually seem to have the problem. We can only assume that because our sailing ground has always been in tidal waters the boat has always faced head to wind or tide. Here in the Med with little or no wind at night we just lie broadside and roll uncomfortably in any form of swell - even the catamarans are suffering!

As for this buoyed anchorage, we would revisit but only for the day and certainly not overnight!

Total distance this is season: 707.23 miles

Mallorca, Sant Elm

24 June 2016 | Sant Elm (position: 39 34.582'N 02 21.070'E)
Bruce and Caroline
The small tourist resort and village of Sant Elm lies opposite the spectacular and unique shape of Isla Dragonera.

Despite last night's forecast, the swell managed to work its way into the bay keeping us awake for most of the night. Instead of exploring ashore we spent the day sat in the cockpit enjoying our surroundings before logging online to read the latest news - that we're leaving the EU! We wonder what impact this will have on our cruising life in the long term once we become non-EU members? More bureaucracy and paperwork without a doubt since we're unlikely to be able to travel freely between EU countries and stay as long as we do now :-(.

After putting the world to rights, we took a look at our dinghy that has developed an annoying leak, requiring us to reinflate the one tube daily. Having located the smallest of pin pricks, we just need an opportunity to repair it but that's easier said than done when it's our only mode of transport to and from the shore. The leak is getting progressively worse as each day passes so we really need to get on and fix it... not today though as we have better things to do such as watching the antics all around us, resting and enjoying the sunshine ;-).

It seems that the local yachtsmen here (mainly locals but there are a few foreigners) don't like paying for the buoys. They arrive late, take a buoy and leave before they get caught by the marinero - sneaky! Despite our sleepless night, the location is lovely so we paid cash to the marinero to stay for another night (you can't book online if you're within 24 hours). Hopefully last night was the exception... guess we'll wait and see.

Mallorca, Port Andraixt to Sant Elm (buoy-anchorage) Log

23 June 2016 | Sant Elm (position: 39 34.582'N 02 21.070'E)
Bruce and Caroline
Possibly the shortest distance travelled yet. All of 3 miles to pick up our reserved buoy just off the small village of Sant Elm. The wind was on the nose for the duration. Our timing couldn't have been better as we had the pick of the buoys before several other yachts and motorboats arrived. Due to wind strength, it took three attempts to hook the pick-up line before we successfully tied to the buoy. One of us got a couple of rope burns... where was the marinero when we needed him!

Total distance this season: 703.84 miles
Vessel Name: Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
About:
We've sailed the South and East coast of England, the Channel Islands, Northern France and the Brittany coast. [...]
Extra: email us: [email protected] skype us: distant.drummer797
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Flirtie

Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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