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Landfall at last
Fine, clear and settled
11 October 2009, Cabo de Palos, mainland Spain

Since leaving Ibiza we've had a very comfortable run doing our overnight run and knocking over 140 nautical miles. There was little or no wind so our pace was slow but comfortable and we motored most of the way....seems like we've motored a lot since leaving Greece back in August. We were duding along yesterday and Ray spotted a disturbance out in the water on the port side and there was swordfish launching itself out of the water. It was quite a show and of course, despite all my efforts I didn't get a pic of it...then of course it went. A huge pod of dolphins passed us some distance off and Milo was beside himself with excitement, despite his sore shoulder. As we neared the coast, about 20 nautical miles off, we started to encounter a huge amount of debris, mainly a heap of bamboo but including several whole huge trees that were afloat just under the waterline. Very dangerous...wouldn't want to run into one of those in the dark. We arrived at around 4.30 pm this afternoon here at the anchorage and put the pick down for the night. First priority was walking Milo of course...he was absolutely desperate to go ashore. Sam and I went looking for fresh milk and bread but, being Domingo (Sunday), nothing was open.

Off to mainland Spain
Fine and clear - 5 knots from west
10 October 2009, Santa Eulalia bay, Ibiza Island, Baleares

Arrived at 2.30am this morning after leaving Palma around 12.30pm yesterday. We've been here before last year when we crossed to Palma so we knew where to find the supermarket this morning when we walked Milo. Milo's shoulder seems to have improved and he's not limping anymore but he was happy to have a short walk this morning so I think he still has a little pain. We're off now to mainland Spain, expecting to come in at around Mar Menor where we can anchor at not charge. We're hoping to catch up with our mate Rox from NZ who's holidaying somewhere around Malage. She flies out Wednesday so we're doing our best to get as close as possible and she has a car so she's said she'll drive to meet us. Hopefully we'll get some wind in our sails today and our trip will be faster. Should be in tomorrow night to Mar Menor.

Farewell to Palma
9 October 2009, Viva Charter Yachts, Palma de Mallorca

This morning I had a hangover and a cold...not a good look. We were up bright and early to pick up all the remaining Moscato wine from the little wine woman at the Santa Catalina markets, and fruit, veg and bread. We also needed to top up our vodafone dongle for Internet. What we didn't expect was that we'd need to take Milo to a vet. Last night he was playing with Sam and he ran excitedly down the steps and dislocated his shoulder (I think). Anyway, there was much yelping and this morning more yelping and he wasn't able to walk. So we wheeled him in the trolley and found a fantastic vet who manipulated his limbs and I think she might have popped his shoulder back into place, cos when he was put on the ground to walk, his tail was wagging. So she gave him an anti-inflammatory and pain killer and gave me a pack of painkillers for him for the next few days. Ghost is heading out today too. They're meeting friends in Ibiza so we'll catch them up in Gibraltar.

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