Emerald Tales

Mediterranean Adventures - currently in the western Med

16 April 2021 | Rio Guadiana
31 March 2021 | The Balearic Isles
20 March 2021 | Ayamonte
05 March 2021 | Alcoutim
17 February 2021 | Ayamonte
05 February 2021 | Culatra
27 January 2021 | Alcoutim
19 January 2021 | Larenjeiras, Portugal
08 December 2020 | Puerto Sherry
17 November 2020 | Playa de Bolonia
14 October 2020 | Gibraltar
27 September 2020 | La Linea
18 September 2020
04 September 2020 | Menorca, Spain
13 August 2020 | Pollença, Mallorca
31 July 2020 | Cala Tuent, Mallorca
20 July 2020 | Soller, Mallorca
11 July 2020 | Cala Deia, Mallorca
04 July 2020 | Santa Ponça

Ilha Culatra

19 October 2013 | Ilha Culatra, Portugal
Nichola / dry, cloudy
Culatra's lovely old tractors

Friday 18th October - Ilha Culatra
There are no cars on this island made of sand, instead a mottley collection of old tractors (I have so many photos to add to my tractor porn collection) help move boats around and deliver goods to the bars and restaurants when the ferry brings in supplies. Outside the school the mode of transport was obviously bikes and we saw a couple of Piaggio Ape three wheeler vans that just about fit on the narrow paved walkways. I wonder if one would fit on the back deck?

school bikes
No need for bike sheds at this school

The village of Culatra is a maze of low level cottages with flagstone paths winding around them. A handful of bars and cafes service the locals and tourists who come in on the ferries. Many houses have managed to eke out a garden in the sand with old fishing nets used as fences and flotsam and jetsam for decoration.

Sand garden
Sand garden

From the village a boardwalk heads south across the dunes to the beach, crossing creeks where the sea finds a way in at high tide. It was a warm day but not many people were taking advantage of the sands. We could see to the east the lagoon where the multihulls and boats able to take the ground make their home and we've just heard that some boats spend the winter out at anchor where we are.

We did think about spending the winter somewhere like this or maybe up the Guadiana but dismissed it. We would save lots of money but we're ready for some marina life where we can get some urgent jobs done in ease, have a social life and go exploring and not have to worry about leaving the boat when we visit home.

Culatra street
Culatra street

The anchorage is not quite as peaceful as we'd expected what with the planes from Faro passing right overhead and the occasional fishing boat wizzing by playing at slalom between the anchored boats or how-close-can-we-go-to-a-boat-without-hitting-it even though there are acres of space. Being rolled awake at 6am is not as fun as it sounds. But it's not so bad; there weren't as many planes today as yesterday and I'm filtering them out already just like I did when I lived near Gatwick. There is loads of space to anchor and the holding seems good so far. And who are we to complain about the fishermen trying to make a living in the place where they live, we are just temporary visitors after all. But it would be nice if they showed us a teeny bit of consideration.
Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Emerald's Photos - Emerald Tales (Main)
3 Photos
Created 30 August 2011
Falmouth to Essex via Orkney
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 12 August 2011
Documenting installing a skylight over the Saloon on Emerald
4 Photos
Created 2 March 2011
Step by step photos of our quest to insulate and refresh the 'guest room' on Emerald
21 Photos
Created 17 November 2010
Here we'll document the restoration of Crazy Horse our 6ft BarrowBoat from neglected relic to beautiful rowing/sailing/outboard powered tender to Emerald
13 Photos
Created 11 January 2010
The Wine cupboard built under the TV to hold our wedding glasses and some of our home made wine
5 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 11 January 2010
Step by step shots of the Refleks Heater installation
35 Photos
Created 26 November 2008
Showing the before / during / after (if I ever finish it!) of the forward head restoration.
19 Photos
Created 12 October 2008
Showing how our canopy works from a complete enclosure through to tropics mode!!!
23 Photos
Created 10 October 2008
To show the steps through a complete mast overhaul
36 Photos
Created 10 October 2008
To show before and after shots of the Chart table refurb.
9 Photos
Created 10 October 2008
To show modifications to aft cabin as we go
13 Photos
Created 10 October 2008