Never Never Land
07 June 2012 | San Antonio
Well, I again have to apologize for taking so long to get an update posted. We left Mazarron at around 8:30am under motor. For the first 4 hours we motored very close to the coast heading straight East, which was the direction the wind was coming from. The coast was spectacular, if fact it keeps getting better as we go. We rounded a point and where able to sail with full main and full spinnaker, which is the first time I’ve had that much canvas up at one time. We made 8 knots in 12 knots of wind which is very good. We sailed for about 5 hours until the wind died and we had to turn East again for Ibiza. We motored through the night and passed through the channel between Ibiza and Formenterra at 8:00am.
It took a few hours to get up the coast to Evissa, the main city of the island. We did a quick walkabout to check the harbor out then headed to a Cala (cove) that is next to the harbor. As I was motoring around looking for a spot to drop our anchor I ran aground. Can you believe it!! 4500 miles over 6 weeks and the first thing I do on getting to my destination go aground. It was pretty embarrassing but the sand was soft and we motored out easily. So, now I’m a little bummed and thinking I’ll get a slip for the night at the marina in the harbor. We dingy into the harbor only to find no spots to tie up. They have it figured out in this port – how to extort money. We went to the marina and I asked how much it would be for one night – 400 euro or $560 per night. That wasn’t happening. So far all the marinas and harbors we have stayed in cost between 50 and 80 euro per night. We ended up anchoring off a beach for the night just south of the harbor.
This marked the end of the delivery for Dave and Kerry. I had special crew shirts made for them and we wore them to some beach bars. It was a lot of fun and the area is very crowded with tourists. We enjoyed watching them and I’m sure it was vice versa. Three weathered guys walking around in matching outfits – Oh – what the heck. Anyway, I ended up having a hangover the next day which hadn’t happened since Peter’s back on Horta. Thank goodness for Kerry watching out for us again.
Yesterday we left the beach and went around the south side of the island. Now, I’ve spent a day trying to figure out how to explain the visual wonder we beheld but pictures and words really can’t do it justice. This is what I have. When you watch a Peter Pan movie and they deplict Never-Never Land – that is what it’s like. Simply, simply – UNBELIEVABLE. By far this is the most awe inspiring coast I have witnessed – EVER. That’s all I can really say.
We are now in San Antonio, the second main harbor/city of Ibiza and like it much more the Evissa. On the way into the harbor the drive shaft for the port motor came disconnected so Kerry and I fixed that this morning. We also did a complete motor service on the port motor so It’s good for another 250 hours of motoring, which given the winds we may get by the end of this summer. Tomorrow my son Nick and Cousin Joe Lambright and his two sons, Matt and Adam, are arriving. We have to completely restock fresh food and get everything spiffed up for their arrival. We found a great beach area where we can scuba, tube behind the boat, and enjoy the water. I’m looking forward to taking them there.
So, to end this post, my dreams are coming true – it’s pretty amazing.