2 clueless day skippers with Patience

More ‘Teachery ‘ stuff (sorry folks ) … next stop Mallorca

09 August 2023
Donna Smith
We ended up spending a whole 8 days in Mahon the capital of Menorca, before moving on. I say the capital , but actually it wasn't until the British took over the island in the 18th Century. Seeing the potential of the deep water in the natural harbour of Mahon for their Royal Navy fleet they downgraded its then capital Ciutadella, built a dockyard in the harbour and promoted Mahon- "because they could!" Here I should say we did not stay in appreciation of this fact, personally I think invading an island is awful and reorganising the status of its towns is down right rude - it was the winds again, too many gusts and blowing the wrong way. We stayed the last night in Mahon tied to the quay at the marina 'Amarres Pointe' to prepare the boat for the next leg of our journey. It was wonderful to just be able to walk off the boat and stretch our legs whenever we liked and going out to dinner rounded the night off nicely.

Just one more stop in Menorca at Cala de Son Sura , before we leave for Mallorca. Although the bay was perfectly placed to start the 30 mile trip, it sadly was not the best bay. We rolled all night, so didn't get much sleep and I was particularly grumpy in the morning! Or so Ricky informed me later in the day - oops!

Thank goodness once we left the anchorage the rolling stopped and Patience did her stuff and delicately guided us up and over the waves. The trip to Mallorca was not far and once the sun came out and sails were up we soon forgot the lousy previous night. It took us just 6 hours to get to Pollensa on the North West tip of the island. We anchored outside the marina, conscious of not letting our anchor or chain destroy 'Posidonia' (seagrass) as this is now protected. The authorities are checking and if your anchor or chain is over the grass you could be charged a hefty fine. I personally think this is a bold but wonderful move by the Balearic Islands and hope more countries will follow suit. These grasses are very precious, the oldest living organism on the planet and over the last 50 years we could have already lost up to 40% of it. Tragic as it only grows 2 cms a year. But what I hear you say, apart from being old makes them so special ? Here's the amazing part (if you don't already know) Half the oxygen we breathe is produced under water." These humble meadows of sea grasses, like the trees on land we love to hug, absorb enormous amounts of CO2 and exchange it for oxygen. So we need them! They are the lungs of the sea. The fish in the Balearics now have a safe haven to thrive and we get to stay alive and snorkelling is much more exciting! Win - win in my book, so before I get stuck on my soap box lecturing you all dear readers about looking after our planet for our children and their children, and their children's children - I shall sign off .
Thanks as always for reading xx

Vessel Name: Patience
Vessel Make/Model: Moody376
Hailing Port: Haslar , Gosport , England
Crew: Ricky and Donna
About: 2023 Still clueless , but having fun !
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