S/V Banjo - Waltzing Round the Med

14 May 2015
27 March 2015 | Gosport
15 March 2015 | Gosport
18 February 2015
20 January 2015 | Gosport
23 December 2014 | Gosport
05 December 2014 | Cartagena
26 November 2014 | Gosport, HANTS
21 November 2014 | Gosport, Hants
09 November 2014 | Gosport, Hants
19 October 2014 | Fareham, Hants
29 September 2014 | Santa Ponsa
10 September 2014 | Palma
01 September 2014 | Santa Ponsa
29 August 2014 | Las Illetas
16 August 2014 | Palma
14 August 2014 | Mahon
11 August 2014
09 August 2014 | Salerno
06 August 2014


14 August 2014 | Mahon
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.

We are now anchored in Cala Teulera just inside the entrance to Mahon. The pilot book says there are moorings that can be picked up but, in fact, they have been removed and boats are 'encouraged' to go into one of the expensive marinas. We were approached in the anchorage by the Ballierics Port Authority who said it was forbidden to anchor unless all the marinas were full. And the marinas charge upwards of 100 euros per night. Quite disappointing and, needless to say, made us decide not to stay here. Maybe they have enough rich people, they don't need the rest of us!

Andy and I are had our first holiday together here in Menorca three weeks after we'd met! Neither of us can quite remember it so, when we went ashore to get a Spanish sim card, we treated ourselves to a celebratory lunch of Spanish Fish Stew and a couple of San Miguel's.

Off to Mallorca tomorrow which should take about 16 hours. Really looking forward to a few weeks there catching up with family and friends.

Vessel Name: Banjo
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 32
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
We are Brits but moved to Australia in 2007 and became True Blue Australians in 2014! We bought our first boat, Drimia, in St Maarten in the Caribbean back in 2009 and sailed her back to Australia over nearly a year. [...]
Extra: 17/02/15 In September 2014, illness made us give up our trip and go back to the UK for treatment. Andy has myeloma and had to have chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is now in remission.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/svbanjo

Who: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
Port: Sydney