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.

Let's Go And Hide In Port!

30 September 2015 | RCN Palma, Palma de Mallorca
Jax/Stormy and Unsettled
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 sunny morning.

We left mid-morning on Monday enjoying the sunny skies and enough of a light breeze for a gentle sail towards our intended destination of S'Arenal…..and then the skies darkened….the thunder began to crash….the lightning began to flash...oh here we go again!

The heavens opened, the wind blew up to 35 knots – big gusts as the storms squalled back and forth (thankfully, we'd dropped the sails before all of this hit us). We chugged along under engine towards S'Arenal and once we'd arrived in the anchorage, which was relatively sheltered, the wind dropped to a manageable 15 knots or so however, the rain persisted for the rest of the day. We watched anxiously as the electric storms wallopped back and forth across the Bahia de Palma – we were grateful that they left us alone after the morning's performance!

On Tuesday morning, after having checked the forecast we made the decision that it was going to be no fun at all at anchor with the potential for 30 – 40 knot winds and more storms so just after lunchtime, we high-tailed across the Bahia and took a berth in RCN Palma for two nights. This is a great marina, right on the edge of the city and with reasonable rates for the Med….we were happy to be tied up alongside.

Fortuitously, our friends Pete and Jean were staying in Palma for a few days and we were able to meet up with them for a couple of really nice meals in the evenings and on Wednesday for a trip to the Joan Miro Foundation gallery and sculpture park. Miro seemed to have some fixation with large ladies and birds, combining the two images quite frequently. Not necessarily my cup of tea but the gallery and garden are definitely worth a visit. This tapestry wall hanging certainly caught my eye.

A Lack Of Lilos

26 September 2015 | Cala Gran, Mallorca
Jax/Hot and Sunny
Another motor-sail today further along the coast but with the addition of an annoying swell which had kicked in mid-morning.

We anchored in a little cala, Cala Magrana for a late lunch but it really wasn't very comfortable as the swell had managed to work its way in so off we went again to find far better shelter (no swell!) in Cala Gran.

When we anchored in Cala Gran in July the whole bay was filled with swimmers and particularly, people on lilos. Evidently the season had come to an end, with just a few people swimming and we had the whole of the anchorage to ourselves which is always a treat. With clear, warm water and lots to see we all had a snorkel about the bay and spent a really peaceful night at anchor.

Cala Ratjada

25 September 2015 | Cala Ratjada, Mallorca
Jax/Warm and Settled
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.

We decided to go into the Ports IB marina in Cala Ratjada so we could plug into the mains and top up with water which turned out to be a wise decision as, had we intended to anchor in Cala Gat just outside of the marina (we anchored here back in 2012), we would have been out of luck as Cala Gat is now a prohibited area, set aside for marine conservation.

Cala Ratjada is quite a naff resort, catering mainly for German tourists, with a lot of noisy bars along the quayside. However, we did manage to get away from it all for a while, taking a short walk along the shore towards Cala Gat where there were a couple of little sandy beaches (albeit quite busy in the late afternoon sunshine). Diana and I enjoyed a swim and afterwards we all ventured forth across a rocky path to the headland.

Auto-Pilot Fixed and Prepare For Boarders Again

24 September 2015 | Puerto de Pollenca, Mallorca
Jax/Warm and Unsettled
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 – what a relief to have that back in situ and fully functioning.

Diana and Simon arrived mid-morning on Tuesday, having spent the previous night in Palma after a ferry crossing from Barcelona. Fortunately, the weather was glorious which gave us the opportunity to cross over the bay to a secluded anchorage and enjoy a late lunch and a swim in the still warm, turquoise water. However, as has been the pattern for most of this month, the weather didn't hold. On Wednesday, having popped into the town to mooch around the weekly market, we received a total soaking when the heavens opened and it poured with rain…..we spent the rest of the day hiding on board!

Thursday dawned nice and sunny giving us a nice day to do some touristy things – ambling around the old town of Alcudia in the morning with a stop for lunch in a very good veggie restaurant and then, back on the bus to Pollenca where we climbed the 365 steps up to the little chapel and viewpoint looking out over the bay and towards Cap Formentor.

A Couple Of Days Ashore

17 September 2015 | Villa Can Joan, Pollenca, Mallorca
Jax/Hot and Unsettled
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 of instruments. I must say, as we rounded Cap de Formenter and were heading for Puerto de Pollenca, with some gusts on the beam of over 25 knots, I was certainly focussed on the task in hand frequently giving Robbie a shout when I needed a bit of advice!

We anchored on Monday and Tuesday nights in Puerto de Pollenca and then took a berth in the Ports IB marina on Wednesday and Thursday – their rates are quite reasonable at 45 euro per night. We met Tom and Kate on the afternoon bus and after a 15 minute bus ride we arrived inland in Pollenca. Tom and Kate took us on the 'scenic route' to walk to their villa, through little lanes, along a few tracks, passing smallholdings, orchards and olive groves on the way.

The villa was lovely! Set in the countryside with views of the hills and fields, the only real noise being the cockerel next door and the tinkling of the bells around the necks of the sheep and goats in the fields nearby. There was a small orchard adjacent to the villa where we were able to scrump some figs and limes.

We spent two nights at the villa and two days of being very laid back and lazy – reading, chatting, jumping in and out of the pool, having a barbeque, wandering into the town of Pollenca for a look around the church, a coffee and pastry in the square – I really felt like I was on holiday which is a bit daft but there, that's how it felt!
Spring Dawn's Photos - Portugal - West Coast - October 2011
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Oporto
Oporto - inside the rail station
Oporto - inside the rail station
Oporto - one of the boats that used to be used to bring wine down the Duoro
Oporto - the port wharehouses
Oporto - inside the Taylors port lodge - a very heady smell
Oporto - Santa Clara chapel - fantastic hand carved & gilded interior
Peniche - mending the nets
Peniche - the public laundry - Jax unimpressed :)
Peniche
Peniche
Peniche - lunch cafe just when we wanted one
Peniche - built to keep out the Spanish!
Cabo de Roca
Sintra
 
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