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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11 October 2019

Sant Carles

We arrived back at Sant Carles to prepare Brindabella to be lifted out of the water for the winter. We have had 5 days here doing a mixture of cleaning, preparing and some sightseeing.

08 October 2019

At anchor off Punta de la Banya

We left Cambrils at first light and set the mainsail, but to start with there was little wind. True to the forecast the wind slowly built and came around to the south. Once we had got out to Cabo Tortosa, we had enough wind to start sailing. It was a good sail for the remaining 3 or 4 hours. The sun [...]

03 October 2019


We are back in Cambrils, which is a port we stopped at on the way to Barcelona. It’s a very clean town with a good beach and smart town centre. Last time we were here, we anchored just outside the harbour. This time we went into the marina.

28 September 2019


We left Barcelona at lunchtime and arrived in Sitges late afternoon. We had telephoned ahead to check the depth of the entrance, as we had heard reports of it silting. The marina said there was 2.8m. In practice we found 2.7 was the minimum. This was fine given our depth of 2.1 provided there was no [...]

23 September 2019


We arrived at the port of Barcelona late afternoon or rather you think you have arrived, as it takes over an hour to get into the marina. You first pass the container port, then oil storage, then the ferry terminal and eventually into the area of the port which contains three marinas. We were heading [...]

22 September 2019


After Tarragona, we were heading up the coast for Barcelona, but decided to break the trip with an overnight stop at Garraf. This was a very small village with a nice new marina, club nautic and beach.

19 September 2019


After having breakfast ashore at Cambrils, we upped anchor and motored along the coast for an hour to Cap Salou. We anchored here for lunch and a swim off the boat.

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.

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
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