Emerald Tales

Currently in Portugal after 7 years in the Mediterranean

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Cala de Port Roig to San Antonio; 16nm travelled

17 June 2014 | San Antonio, Ibiza
Nichola / sunny light winds, bit of rain ar weekend
Cala de Port Roig

It turns out that by not going into the cala, we'd inadvertently parked Emerald within a millionaires playground. We weren't to know that at first as we had the anchorage mostly to ourselves, just one superyacht anchored half a mile away over the other side of the bay. But as the weekend went on, more and more mega-boats arrived including a motoryacht called Galaxy, a snip at only €252000 a week to charter! It was interesting to nosy at them and most of them kept much further out in the large bay only slightly annoying us with their tenders running guests ashore.

Emerald looked tiny amongst these

Then the 34m sailing yacht Animos arrived and dropped their hook right off Red Snapper's stern and dumped out a load of chain. I guess this skipper had missed out the section on swinging room in his fast-track course! Duncan asked them to move but they didn't and said they were only here a few hours. They didn't leave and in the evening this happened:

Red Snapper caught in the big boats attractor beam

The next morning they were only 6ft off the side of Red Snapper yet the big boat skipper still didn't think he'd done anything wrong! At least this time they moved. We did amuse ourselves laughing at their lack of taste in their use of blue underwater lights at night. How tacky! ;-)

We dinghied over to Cala de Port Roig on Monday and landed on the stony beach. Now that a couple of bigger boats had left there was more room for anchoring than when we'd arrived on Saturday. There were bins ashore for recycling but no water taps. Walking ashore there wasn't much chance of admiring the view as private villas hog the coastline and the only bars were expensive and not really our scene.

Lessons learned.... Don't anchor near beach bars!

The scenery was pretty though with orange, gold and cream coloured sandstone cliffs and small rocky islands. Inland we could see pine dotted hills. The scenery got even better today as we motored around the south west corner of Ibiza with craggy islands and steep cliffs.

Rocky island

We're now anchored off San Antonio wondering what delights the night will bring from this teenage party town. We saw adverts for party boats leaving at midnight.....

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
Home Page: https://www.yachtemerald.com/