sySpringDawn

Vessel Name: Spring Dawn
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 41
Hailing Port: Hamble
Crew: Robbie Wilderspin & Jacqueline Cole
About: Robbie's a salty old sea dog. Jax is still learning.
05 October 2015 | Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain
30 September 2015 | RCN Palma, Palma de Mallorca
26 September 2015 | Cala Gran, Mallorca
25 September 2015 | Cala Ratjada, Mallorca
24 September 2015 | Puerto de Pollenca, Mallorca
17 September 2015 | Villa Can Joan, Pollenca, Mallorca
13 September 2015 | Puerto Soller, Mallorca
11 September 2015 | Real Club Nautico de Palma, Mallorca
09 September 2015 | Isla de Cabrera, Balearics
08 September 2015 | Sa Rapita, Mallorca
04 September 2015 | Santa Ponca, Mallorca
29 August 2015 | S'Arneal, Mallorca
17 August 2015 | Santa Ponca, Mallorca
14 August 2015 | Punta Negra, Mallorca
10 August 2015 | Las Isletas, Mallorca
03 August 2015 | Santa Ponca, Mallorca
02 August 2015 | El Arenal, Mallorca
26 July 2015 | Sa Roquetas/Playa Del Trench, Mallorca
24 July 2015 | Isla de Cabrera, Balearics
23 July 2015 | Cala Gran, Mallorca
Recent Blog Posts
05 October 2015 | Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain

Across To The Mainland – The End Of Season & Some Vital Statistics

After hiding in port in Palma for a couple of days while the rotten weather passed, we felt the weather had calmed down enough to go back out to anchor. We hung around in one of our favourite places - Las Isletas - for the first night and then spent two more nights at anchor in Palma Nova (it's a [...]

30 September 2015 | RCN Palma, Palma de Mallorca

Let's Go And Hide In Port!

Diana and Simon disembarked from Spring Dawn on Sunday morning in order to get a bus into Palma, spend the day there and then catch a ferry back to Barcelona on Monday. After they left we moved along the south coast to Ensanada de la Rapita where we anchored for the night and woke on Monday to a lovely [...]

26 September 2015 | Cala Gran, Mallorca

A Lack Of Lilos

Another motor-sail today further along the coast but with the addition of an annoying swell which had kicked in mid-morning.

25 September 2015 | Cala Ratjada, Mallorca

Cala Ratjada

With the weather looking more or less settled for a couple of days, we managed to gently motor-sail along the coast to Cala Ratjada.

24 September 2015 | Puerto de Pollenca, Mallorca

Auto-Pilot Fixed and Prepare For Boarders Again

We remained at anchor in Puerto de Pollenca during the weekend. Robbie took the bus into Palma to retrieve, the now mended, auto pilot computer. We took Springy out around the bay of Pollenca on Sunday to carry out some trials to ensure that the auto-pilot was indeed fixed and working properly – [...]

17 September 2015 | Villa Can Joan, Pollenca, Mallorca

A Couple Of Days Ashore

We had a vigorous sail from Puerto Soller to Puerto de Pollenca on Monday, rounding Cap de Formenter with 15 to 20 knots of wind filling the sails. This time rather than motor sail, we sailed all the way, again taking half hour turns on the helm and with me learning how to sail upwind without the assistance [...]

Across To The Mainland – The End Of Season & Some Vital Statistics

05 October 2015 | Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain
Jax/Warm and Settled
After hiding in port in Palma for a couple of days while the rotten weather passed, we felt the weather had calmed down enough to go back out to anchor. We hung around in one of our favourite places - Las Isletas - for the first night and then spent two more nights at anchor in Palma Nova (it's a grotty, touristy place but the anchorage is protected from a southerly swell!)

We felt it sensible to wait until any resultant swell remaining from the storms earlier in the week had died down before we set off for the Spanish mainland. Sunday was the day! We left Palma Nova at midday with just 120 miles between us and our winter berth.

We were lucky enough that, once we'd cleared the coast of Mallorca near Dragonera Island, the wind settled at about 15 knots, just forward of the beam and with the sails up and the engine off, we enjoyed a really decent sail until around midnight when the wind died. The sea state was settled and I was delighted when during one of my watch periods at about 02.00 hours, a few dolphins came and swam alongside the boat for about 10 minutes, leaving phosphorescent trails behind them as they swam along - this really lifted my spirits in the middle of a night watch.

Sant Carles de la Rapita came into view as the sun rose and with the sun rise, the local fleet of fishing boats left the port.....no, not a fleet - more like an Armada!! At one point, I had 35 targets showing on AIS, all surging towards me. Thankfully, they all dispersed towards the nearby fish farms within the lagoon and didn't start trawling nearby!

We tied up alongside just after 10.00 hours, at the end of our 2015 season. Interestingly (well, I think so anyway) Cap'n Robbie produced some statistics for this season:-

1,670 miles sailed. 2 continents visited. 5 countries visited. 6 islands visited. 108 nights at anchor. 21 nights in marinas. 162 engine hours.
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Spring Dawn's Photos - Brest to La Trinite - July/August 2011
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