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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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

Cambrils

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

Sitges

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

Barcelona

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

Garraf

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

Tarragona

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.

Sant Carles de la Rapita

16 June 2019
We are now in our final marina at Sant Carles de la Rapita, having completed the last sail of this spring's cruise.

Sant Carles is a nice marina and is one of the few in the med that have proper finger berths. It's also run by MDL, a UK marina operator. The marina seems to have a pleasant atmosphere with a small restaurant and an infinity swimming pool - which we particularly like!

The town at Sant Carles is a medium sized town that has some good shops and several restaurants. Some look to be serving good fish which needs further exploration. It is very much an authentic Spanish town, rather than a holiday location.

We have had an amazing cruise this spring. Starting at La Linea near Gibraltar and cruising the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. Following this we went out to the Balearics and saw most of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. Each island was surprisingly different. We loved the anchorages in Menorca and the towns of Palma, Port de Soller and Andraitx in Mallorca. There were also some great anchorages in Ibiza and the water was so clear. Following this, we returned to mainland Spain on the Costa del Azahar, where we are now.

This year we have travelled over 1,000 miles and while at sea we saw a whale, dolphins and one large fish that we thought was a marlin.

By the time we leave the boat, we will have had 85 nights on board, of which 28 have been at anchor or on a buoy. We will have been away from home for over 15 weeks, so we really do need to get home now!

Within the week we will leave the boat and commence our trip back, driving through Spain and France to cross back to the UK.

Until the Autumn, we are signing off for now. Goodbye!

Time: 8:30 hours Miles: 57nm Total Time: 176:30 hours Total Miles: 1023nm
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