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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16 September 2019

At anchore off Punta de la Banya

Position update - at anchor off Punta de la Banya

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, [...]

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.

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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