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Cruising with HappyCat

Well, we were taken by surprise, upon leaving Gib, with one reef in main, we thought we were well prepared, but were in for a surprise. The winds just became stronger and stronger, up to 40kts. so we tucked into the headland of Triest, to reef down, but poor Samuel was already unwell, and my nerves were shattered, and James realized that he could not count on either of us to help him much through the night, so we decided to drop anchor, and start again at dusk.


We have been busy getting organized for the crossing of the Atlantic with the ARC end of November. Satellite phone, and extensive other items from the chandlers, and various runs to Morrisons supermarket. Spend spend, non ending at the moment. Good thing its no spending when we start our voyage.
Nice walk to the top of the rock.
Today we begin our trip to the Canaries. 5 days and nights. Almost 600nm. Looking forward to the long sail. And its full moon!


Took the dingy in for supplies in what seamed a very sad Almerimar. So many empty apt. blocks, all unkempt.
Very very calm flat seas with no wind. Motored 20 of the 26 hours. Great last 6 though! And the current surprisingly was in our favour! 2 pods of dolphins came to bid us farewell of the Mediterranean! Beautiful.
Gusted into Gib, and headed for the anchorage of La Linea, amongst 10 other boats.
The new marina is now open, and later that night we notice a marina staff dingy around all of us taking our names. Next morning, the Guardia Costera, comes and tells us all that it is not allowed to anchor there! I should have challenged him, but let it go.
Managed to get a birth in Queensway Quay, a fitting ending to where we were before...


Another good day of Easterlies, and today the seas are calmer, so we decided to overnight it and keep going to Almerimar.
35+ hours later and we drop anchor.
It was a good sail, the seas were a lot more settled and we sailed most of the time, to the set wind angle.
Arrived at dusk and anchored in the expansive sandy bay.


West, we've crossed into the Western hemisphere.
Seas really picked up, 1.5-2.5mts, so Torrevieja was a good option for the night, a little rolly, but good holding off the break wall, in front of the salt conveyor belts.

Calpe, Southern Spain

Now we are really heading West, and need to be in Gib by the 8th. So good winds to take us there, and we are in no hurry, so just going for it, and heading to shore when dusk approaches. 12 hours later we got to Calpe.
Down wind sailing, and in funny sloppy seas. Not the best.
Anchored in the bay West of the rock, good holding. Very dramatic setting, with the rock at its pinnacle.
So many empty, so it seamed, with no lights, apartment blocks!

San Antonio

We left Lucinda & Mark to board a ferry to Barcelona, and sadly left Ibiza. My second visit with James would not come to fruition, (nor that visit to the little shop with 70% sale!)
Bad weather was in the cards too, so the plan of having a night or two at Espalmador was also ditched, and we headed straight to San Antonio.
A very different picture today, than February last year! Still as grim as ever... but in a different way.
As it happened the weather seamed to turn grim on us, cooler, overcast. Rain to come.
Good to catch up with Eddie and Stuart, and their existence in the bay of San Antonio.... Lots of changes.... in a minor way...
-Eddie on his boat-

Puerto de Ibiza, Cala Talamanca, Ibiza

Early start got us to our anchorage here on the East side of Ibiza City. Good safe anchorage, just a little rolly!! Took a walk around to the old town, and this time had a good, though short wonder around. It really is impressive, and so tidy. The city has really put a lot into renovating and preserving some of the ancient buildings. Well worth it.
Some nice shops around too, all offering huge sales, perhaps tomorrow....




Family on board and loving it, we sail to Andratx. On our way we catch another little maji maji, or Dorado, not Dorada! (which is small and round,silvery, a classic 'fish' look about it, common in most markets). Must be the Joll's that are bringing us the good fishing luck! To add to the one little fish, we were able to buy another at the lovely daily 17:00 fish market, at the end of the jetty.


I was hoping to have a night anchored at Cala Calobra, but we were warned that holding was really poor, and we chose to give it a miss. The sun was already setting, casting shadow into the best part, the high sided rocks on either side of the sandy beach. Qutie impressive it is!
So we carried on to Soller, and once again found a nice sandy place to anchor. Tomorrow arrives James's niece, Lucinda, and husband, Mark.
- The bay of Calobra-

Porto Pollenca

Such a large shallow safe anchorage! The bottom is weeds, but short, so good holding. In the morning calm, the water is crystal clear, good stuff.
We've spent a good few days here, getting jib sail repaired in Port de Alcudia, dentist in Porto Colom, computer & Raymarine glitches fixed, (by local computer shop owner), and general catch up and organizing.
Rented a car and drove around the island and into the mountains. Worth doing, beautiful mountain range.
Good morning walk/run up to the Formentor look out on the far East side of the bay.

Cala de San Vicente

This coastline of Majorca is really magical, with its dramatic rock formations!
This anchorage is fabulous if you have calm flat seas. It's a pool of aqua waters, white sandy bottom, not a blade of grass, nice change. But, it is a little rolly. Did not go ashore, sadly an unattractive hotel complex spoils the site, but just look away and enjoy, the waters!


Stopped for a quick dip near Dragonera Island. Des actually got in the water!! Anchored in the bay of Soller. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry's new movie was being filmed here! No sighting of either though....
Had a lovely couple of nights in Soller, before saying our good byes to parents, as they rode away on the train to Palma.
Met Dave, on his new Fountain Pojout 48'. He and his wife Magali will also be doing the Arc, our first fellow participants! Good to share stories....


Chose the town quay, to make it easier for all. Always enjoy Andratx, quieter, and not bombarded with tacky shops. Nice walk on the path to the old town of Andratx, though the walk it is what its all about, not so much the town.

Cala Fornells

Spent the morning on a quick tour of Palma, the cathedral, and yes, a horse buggy ride around the old town..
Unbelievable! On the gentle sail to Fornells, we caught 2 fish! Which makes it 3 in 2 years! A little herring, followed by this beautiful mahi mahi. There must have been a run, for the next day, for the next evening in the Andratx fish market, we were able to buy another little mahi mahi.


We chose Real Club Nautico, they always seam to be able to accommodate us, and for a relatively reasonable price.... After a quick clean up, and blow up of balloons, it was Beryls 80th birthday, we met his parents at the airport, and after a little nap, walked over for a wonderful meal at Horreo, on Calle de la Fabrica

Porto Colom, Majorca

A very welcoming thunderstorm, with a showered us and HC over night! We stayed in Porto Colom, for the rest of the w.e. awaiting the arrival of Christina, Beryl and Des, James's parents, who were visiting us for a few days.

Porto Colom, Majorca

After saying our farewells to Rosa in Pula, we decided to just go for it, all the way to Majorca. We were hoping for more wind than actually materialized. We got dosed in a red dust, and on James's watch, he had a near miss with a super yacht, who awoke, and realized he was not passing port to port, and in the last minute decided to cut right in front of us! Had James not steered to starboard, who knows.....
Never has HC been so dirty! Welcome to Western Med!!
Its nice to be back to one of our favorite islands, Majorca...

Rada di Mezzo Schifo, Sardinia

We were hoping to have spent some time with Pete and the family, perhaps in Lavezzi, but the strait was a mess! Strong winds and swell, gusting to 30kts. We had to head to Sardinia, and Pete tucked himself up the coast of Corsica.
We ended up anchored just West of the Pula in this bay. Great little anchorage! Easy walk to Pula.

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