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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19 September 2019

Tarragona

Position update: In city of Tarragona for a few days

18 September 2019

At anchor off Cambrils

We were up early on Wednesday. In fact, too early. The alarm was set for 6am, but it was not light until after 7.15am. Once Bella had been ashore, we departed shortly after 7.40am in the general direction of Tarragona.

16 September 2019

At anchor off Punta de la Banya

We returned to Brindabella on Saturday, after driving down through France and Spain over the past 7 days. We stopped in some great villages and towns on the way. Some were new such as the cheese town of Neufchatel and a walnut oil farm in Availles en Chatellerault and some we have been to before such [...]

16 June 2019

Sant Carles de la Rapita

We are now in our final marina at Sant Carles de la Rapita, having completed the last sail of this spring's cruise.

14 June 2019

Burriana

After two nights in Denia, we moved closer to Sant Carles, which is to be our final port for this spring. We chose Burriana which is large port containing a couple of marinas and was about halfway.

12 June 2019

Denia

It was our last night in Ibiza and the last in the Balearics. We were heading to Denia on the mainland coast. Once out of the harbour, there was a steady F4 blowing. This gave us a great broad reach and powered the boat through the sea that was still running from last night. We put the autohelm on and [...]

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, [...]

Menorca - Cala Son Saura

20 May 2019
We walked into the supermarket at Ciudadela to get some bits and pieces and then back to the boat to depart. We motored out of the narrow harbour and out to sea. It was considerably calmer than when we arrived two days ago, but there was still some swell.

We came around Cap d'Artutx and started surveying possible anchorages. We passed on the first three as being too small and decided on the fourth. This was Cala Son Saura which is a wide bay with two golden beaches. It was a rural location with trees surrounding the beaches. Apart from sunbathers and swimmers, we saw kayakers, some hikers, six pony trekkers and a large billy goat.

There was quite a swell coming in and we set the kedge anchor to hold the bow into the swell. We had an initial attempt but there was too much cross wind. We tried again just before dinner and bingo, it worked. We went from rocking and rolling to a much gentler motion.

Later that night we had a BBQ off the boat. Everyone had left the beach and there were no other yachts in the bay. After dark, we were in complete darkness with no lights visible at all and just the roar of the swell rolling up the beach. In the disorientation of the dark, the swell was both unsettling and a comfort, giving indication of distance from the shore. After midnight, the moon came over the hills and completely lit the anchorage.

Time: 1:30 hours Miles: 9nm Total Time: 102:30 hours Total Miles: 600nm
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