In Tune at Sea

The adventures and misadventures of Philip & Geraldine aboard In Tune

22 September 2017
21 September 2017 | Isla de Adrento
21 September 2017 | Mar Menor
19 September 2017 | Campello
16 September 2017 | Calpe
15 September 2017 | Porto Roig
15 September 2017 | Ibiza town
12 September 2017 | San Vincente
11 September 2017 | Between Mallorca and Ibiza
10 September 2017 | Cala Blanca, Mallorca
10 September 2017 | Palma, Mallorca
10 September 2017 | Colom, Mallorca
03 September 2017 | Cala de los Pinos
31 August 2017
30 August 2017 | Mahon
28 August 2017 | Tyrrhenian Sea
21 August 2017 | Carloforte
18 August 2017 | Porto Malfortano
18 August 2017 | Capo di Pula

Overnight at Carbonares

22 September 2017
Made it into the commercial fishing harbour for the night as fresh winds blowing all night. The fuel dock was closed so tied up there.

Overnight at Isla de Adrento

21 September 2017 | Isla de Adrento
Setting off at the crack of 0830 we had a very comfortable sail with following wind, either broad reaching or gull winging all the way. Tucked in behind the small island just in time for beer and yahtzee.

Overnight at Mar Menor

21 September 2017 | Mar Menor
Met up with friends Tad and Robin and anchored next to them at Mar Menor. They had us aboard at night for home made pizza done on the BBQ. Good night and great company.

Disaster at Campello

19 September 2017 | Campello
Setting off from Calpe we expected to motor sail most of the way to Alicante as the wind was forecast only 10 - 12 knots off our bow. Ha! After motoring against 8 - 10 knot head winds, the wind picked up and then we were sailing - quickly! The wind was variable - one minute over 20 knots, the next min we were struggling to sail. After sailing in 25 knots we were suddenly hit with gusts of 30 knots, and because we were not reefed, it stripped the outside covering on the main halyard. We could not put the main up properly or pull it down in 25 knot winds! Not good. We decided to seek shelter and headed for Campello marina, N of Alicante.

Once there we managed to sort out the halyard, and get the main down. That was when we discovered (fresh) water in the starboard bilge, so spent the next couple of hours mopping that out! Dinner at 10 pm and flopped exhausted into bed. A cause for celebration though - we crossed into the "west" today! (Check the map manager.)

Next day we walked to the chandlery and bought a new halyard $$$ and spent the afternoon re-fitting it. A successful day after yesterday's disaster. Oh well, it's only money so they say.

There is an ancient town next to the marina - La Illeta dels Banyets - inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC and occupied by Iberians, and abandoned, taken over by the Romans who built hot baths, and cut fish hatcheries in the rocks which can still be seen today. The Moors occupied it in the 11th century. It's a popular swimming spot today.

Calpe, Spain

16 September 2017 | Calpe
We set off from Porto Roig at 0430 this morning. The wind was N, which we wanted, but the down side of that is that it brought rain. We had rain showers and winds of 20 knots mostly during the day. We made the 65 NM crossing in 12 hours. Not the most comfortable, but OK.

Casualties:
Small tear in lazy bag (worn out)
Large tear in the code 0 sail (don't know how this happened)
Lost one head scarf
Lost one head torch
Lost one bucket

If anyone is contemplating a Spanish holiday in the shoulder season - don't! The weather has been crap ever since we hit the Balearics - it's like someone turned the switch off summer on the 1st September.

Porto Roig, Ibiza

15 September 2017 | Porto Roig
This was our "jumping off spot" to Spanish mainland. We spent 1.5 nights here leaving in the early hours of the morning when good N winds were forecast.
Vessel Name: In Tune
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot
Hailing Port: Australia
Crew: Philip Greetham, Geraldine Pamo
About:
Philip Greetham: Retired from the corporate world, having had careers in teaching, customer service, training and consulting. Born in the UK, my parents emigrated to Australia as "£10 poms" settling in Melbourne. [...]
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