Brindabella

Vessel Name: Brindabella
Vessel Make/Model: Najad 405
Hailing Port: Suffolk Yacht Harbour, UK
Crew: Simon, Fiona and Bella the dog!
About: Simon and Fiona had Brindabella built in Sweden before she was launched in 2009. They sailed her from Sweden back to Suffolk in the UK.
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14 June 2019

Burriana

Position update: Puerto de Burriana

12 June 2019

Denia

Position update: Denia

11 June 2019

Ibiza – Sant Antoni

Today we were moving around to Sant Antoni on the north west cost of Ibiza. This would position us for the return trip to the mainland. There were still large waves rolling into the anchorage at Cala Sant Vincent from the winds overnight. Getting Bella ashore was quite a challenge as the waves were breaking [...]

10 June 2019

Ibiza – Cala Sant Vincent

Today, we left Mallorca to return to Ibiza. During our two stays in Mallorca we visited 8 ports over 22 nights. This included staying on anchor or buoy for 10 nights which are always some of the best.

07 June 2019

Mallorca – Palma

We made a reservation for the Real Club Nautico Palma for a few days. We had tried to come here on our first trip to Mallorca in May, but there was a big regatta and all marinas in Palma were fully booked.

06 June 2019

Mallorca – Colonia de Sant Jordi

Today, we came around the south west corner of Mallorca in search of a good anchorage that was out of the swell for the night. We looked at several, but many would not have been a comfortable anchorage. The one we chose was off Colonia de Sant Jordi. The anchorage was protected by a quay and some rocks, [...]

04 June 2019

Mallorca – Porto Colom

On Tuesday morning we went ashore to the small café in a very small bay off Cala de s’Aguila for a leisurely breakfast. Once back on the boat we prepared for the trip today which was along the south coast of Mallorca.

03 June 2019

Mallorca – Cala de s’Aguila

Today we were left Menorca to return to Mallorca and start to work our way back to mainland Spain via Ibiza. On our outward journey we had covered the north coast of Mallorca and Ibiza and we were now keen to see the south coast of each island.

31 May 2019

Menorca – Badia de Fornells

Friday morning, we were up early to move on to Fornells. Before leaving, we had breakfast at the delightful 'La Cantina' in the port.

28 May 2019

Menorca – Addaya

Menorca is not a large island and the trip around from Mahon to Addaya which is about a third of the way along the north coast only took three hours. There was wind forecast for Tuesday night, but the anchorage at Addaya looked well protected.

Burriana

14 June 2019
Position update: Puerto de Burriana

Time: 10:00 hours Miles: 63nm Total Time: 168:00 hours Total Miles: 966nm

Denia

12 June 2019
Position update: Denia

Time: 9:30 hours Miles: 58nm Total Time: 158:00 hours Total Miles: 903nm

Ibiza – Sant Antoni

11 June 2019
Today we were moving around to Sant Antoni on the north west cost of Ibiza. This would position us for the return trip to the mainland. There were still large waves rolling into the anchorage at Cala Sant Vincent from the winds overnight. Getting Bella ashore was quite a challenge as the waves were breaking on the steep beach. After getting soaked last night, Simon went in his swimming trunks this time!

The wind was going to be very strong overnight and we wanted to be on a mooring buoy rather than at anchor. We tried to book with Club Nautico, but they said we were to phone in the morning and get on a waiting list. We did this, but they said we would still not know until the afternoon. We decided to leave anyway and would anchor if necessary.

We set sail at around 9am. There was a good wind for most of the trip but it started to build considerably as we came into Sant Antoni bay. The north coast of Ibiza is beautiful with very little development and high tree lined cliffs.

We called Club Nautico at 1pm and again at 2pm. Luckily, we were allocated a buoy. As we entered the port, a marino was waiting to assist tying up the boat.

Even though we were safe on a mooring, it was still a rough night with waves and swell rolling into the harbour. One of the advantages of a paid mooring is that we had 24-hour free water taxi service to the port, which was great for taking Bella ashore.

Compared with the last time we were at Sant Antoni in April, it was considerably busier and definitely in full party mode.

Time: 4:30 hours Miles: 24nm Total Time: 148:30 hours Total Miles: 845nm

Ibiza – Cala Sant Vincent

10 June 2019
Today, we left Mallorca to return to Ibiza. During our two stays in Mallorca we visited 8 ports over 22 nights. This included staying on anchor or buoy for 10 nights which are always some of the best.

We left just before first light and it was a beautiful still night as we motored out of Palma. We saw ferries and cargo ships turning to go into the port. The trip was about 10 hours and we motored for the first half and sailed the second half as the wind filled.

We arrived at Cala Sant Vincent in the afternoon and anchored. There were already 5 other boats in the bay with English, French, Belgium, US and Spanish boats around us. Cala Sant Vincent is a small bay with a very nice beach, hotels and a café. It had a very nice feel about it.

The other English boat was Dark Tarn who we met earlier in the cruise on mainland Spain, so we had a quick chat with them to catch up.

Later that night, the wind changed direction and blew into the cala with a bit more strength than we were expecting. It created quite a chop which made for an uncomfortable and sleepless night.

Time: 10:00 hours Miles: 59nm Total Time: 144:00 hours Total Miles: 821nm

Mallorca – Palma

07 June 2019
We made a reservation for the Real Club Nautico Palma for a few days. We had tried to come here on our first trip to Mallorca in May, but there was a big regatta and all marinas in Palma were fully booked.

Palma is set in a huge bay and is one of the largest yachting centres in the Mediterranean. There is berthing for several thousand yachts in 9 marinas. This includes everything right up to superyachts.

Entering the harbour was a great experience as there were ships, superyachts and plenty of normal yachts coming and going. Real Club Nautico Palma is a very nice marina and club house. You know it’s a large marina when there is a supermarket on the marina itself!

On Saturday, we took a taxi out to Santa Ponsa to meet our friends from Symphony. We met them in Northern Spain in 2017 and again last year in Gibraltar. It was great to catch up and hear what they have been doing so far this year.

During our 3 days in Palma, we visited the old town and walked up to the Castell de Bellver. On our last night we had a very nice meal in the Real Club Nautico restaurant. We also met our friends from Seasalter, a yacht that was beside us over winter last year and ended up talking with them on board their boat, until late.

All in all, Palma was a great place to stop for a few days and would be our last port of call in Mallorca. Tomorrow we are returning to Ibiza for the onwards journey back to the mainland.

Time: 4:30 hours Miles: 25nm Total Time: 134:00 hours Total Miles: 762nm

Mallorca – Colonia de Sant Jordi

06 June 2019
Today, we came around the south west corner of Mallorca in search of a good anchorage that was out of the swell for the night. We looked at several, but many would not have been a comfortable anchorage. The one we chose was off Colonia de Sant Jordi. The anchorage was protected by a quay and some rocks, which meant it was only exposed to the north west.

Anchoring was not straight forward as the seabed was a large slab of rock. The water was clear so you could see the bottom. After searching for a while, we found a good patch of sand right up against the buoys protecting the swimming area.

When you anchor in the Balearics, it is important to protect the weed on the seabed. You mush therefore check this before stopping and anchor only on sand. Later in the afternoon, a lady in a government rib came around, handed us a leaflet and then inspected our anchor and the entire length of chain to check that we were not anchored on weed. We were given the thumbs up and off she went!

We went ashore for a walk and had a very calm night.

Time: 4:00 hours Miles: 23nm Total Time: 129:30 hours Total Miles: 737nm

Mallorca – Porto Colom

04 June 2019
On Tuesday morning we went ashore to the small café in a very small bay off Cala de s’Aguila for a leisurely breakfast. Once back on the boat we prepared for the trip today which was along the south coast of Mallorca.

As it was going to be windy the following day, we went into Porto Colom and onto a mooring buoy.

Porto Colom is a small town. We had a good walk around the harbour and restocked with provisions.

Time: 4:30 hours Miles: 23nm Total Time: 125:30 hours Total Miles: 714nm

Mallorca – Cala de s’Aguila

03 June 2019
Today we were left Menorca to return to Mallorca and start to work our way back to mainland Spain via Ibiza. On our outward journey we had covered the north coast of Mallorca and Ibiza and we were now keen to see the south coast of each island.

Menorca has been a delightful island. It is low lying and not particularly busy in late May and early June. We have still found empty anchorages such as the stunning Cala Macarella and Cala Son Saura and also enjoyed the two towns of Ciudadela and Mahon. We have visited 7 ports and anchorages in total on the island.

We left Fornells and motor sailed around the top of Menorca. This was through a marine reserve and was a completely natural seascape. We set a course for the remaining 6 hours to Mallorca. The wind built to a steady F3 and we had one of the best sails of the year, with no swell and the sun was shining. We sailed right up to the anchorage at Cala de s’Aguila.

Cala de s’Aguila was a busy tourist beach during the day, but in the evening it soon cleared. There was a very large area of sand to anchor on with crystal clear water.

Time: 8:00 hours Miles: 42nm Total Time: 121:00 hours Total Miles: 691nm

Menorca – Badia de Fornells

31 May 2019
Friday morning, we were up early to move on to Fornells. Before leaving, we had breakfast at the delightful 'La Cantina' in the port.

It was a very short trip around the peninsular and into the Badia de Fornells. This is a wide bay extending back around 2 miles inland. We chose an anchorage just off Ses Salines yacht club. The light wind fell away completely in the evening and we had a BBQ off the back of the boat.

We woke on Saturday morning to a completely calm outlook. There was absolutely no wind or waves in the bay. One thing we have noticed about Menorca is the bird song which carried well in the still conditions.

Simon had a swim and after breakfast we went in the dinghy ashore to Fornells. This is a small harbour town with a few shops and restaurants lining the quay. We also walked up to the 'Torre de Fornells' a small tower at the top of the hill, with spectacular views of the estuary. It was a relaxing afternoon of swimming and reading before another evening BBQ with chicken marinated in lemon and garlic.

The single solar panel that we have mounted on the bimini seems to be working well. We still need to run the generator, but with the strong sun that we are getting, the solar panel is providing about half the power we need. We may increase the solar panels next year.

Time: 1:30 hours Miles: 9nm Total Time: 113:00 hours Total Miles: 649nm

Menorca – Addaya

28 May 2019
Menorca is not a large island and the trip around from Mahon to Addaya which is about a third of the way along the north coast only took three hours. There was wind forecast for Tuesday night, but the anchorage at Addaya looked well protected.

The entrance to Port Addaya is a dog leg and both narrow and shallow. Although there was still quite a bit of swell at sea, it considerably reduced at the entrance. Once in the harbour, we anchored off the small port.

Addaya is a delightful cala with tree lined surrounding hills. It reminded us of the rivers in Brittany.

Trouble in paradise - Tuesday night we had a bad night! At 1am the anchor alarm went off indicating that we were dragging. The wind was blowing F7 and we were moving steadily towards another anchored yacht. We were quickly dressed and on deck, ready to fend off.

With the motor started, we ran forward and started to bring up the anchor. This was a considerable challenge with the screaming wind veering the boat towards the rocks. Once the anchor was up, we tried holding the yacht in position while we discussed what to do. This was impossible as the wind veered us off to one side every few minutes needing full speed ahead to reposition the boat within the small anchorage. Eventually, we turned and backed into the wind to hold station for a while. The only option was to try and anchor again. We did this but the mud was simply too soft and we were dragging again within 20 minutes.

Eventually, we went out into the channel and anchored between the channel buoys. This gave us more space and the mud was much harder. The anchor got hold first time and despite the wind veering the boat from side to side, we never moved an inch! By the time we got back to bed again it was 3:30am!

The forecast was similar for the following night, so we took the wise decision of moving into the very small marina in Addaya.

Thursday, we had a good walk around the peninsula and into the next bay. This is a really pretty location.

Time: 3:00 hours Miles: 15nm Total Time: 111:30 hours Total Miles: 640nm
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