Another overnighter took us to Palma in Mallorca where we arrived at 0700 hours in rain and grey skies, the first real rain we've seen for a couple of years, and it all looked very uninspiring. We anchored outside in the bay and luckily the day improved and we could finally see the cathedral through the mist.
We haven't done a 'long' crossing since 2009, only a few overnights last summer and two this year so were quite keen to get one 'under our belt' and see how we, and Matilda, handled it. In the event, the 4-day crossing to Mahon was very easy albeit with a lot of motor sailing. We were lucky enough to have a full or nearly full-moon every night which always makes the night go better, and the most glorious sunsets and sunrises.
En Passage to MallorcaJane
Just passing through the Bonafacio Strait. Sardinia on the left. Corsica on the right. 279 miles gone, 220 to go!
Pacific Crossing of 09 ReunionJane
On our last big trip on Drimia, we met some fantastic cruisers and have stayed good friends with many of them. We were lucky enough to be joined by a couple of our favourites this week, Anne and Gordon off Equinox and Ian Mikado and his girlfriend, Michelle, who we hadn't met before but who managed to fit in like she'd been cruising forever! Gordon and Anne, who for some strange reason we called Morag and Flash, live in Scotland but have a house in Abruzzi in Northern Italy and Ian and Michelle are Aussies from Brisbane.
Today we did a short 10 mile hop and anchored off Amalfi. Not the most comfortable night with all the ferries and trip boats roaring past causing a lot of wash but a very pretty view from the cockpit. All over Italy they have fireworks every night during August, not sure why but probably to celebrate a Saint's Day, and we were treated to a fantastic display from one end of the bay to the other. This was followed by a flotilla of little boats roaring around us whooping and blowing horns which we enthusiastically joined in with.
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