The weeks had flown by in the Balearics and we were now in August; it was time to make plans to move on. We’d hoped to at least be in Gibraltar by the second half of the month, to then give us time to revisit one of our favourite locations as we'd headed in to the Med - the River Guadiana between Spain and Portugal. We could wait there for a suitable forecast to head around Cap St Vincent for the 100nm passage north along the Atlantic Portuguese coast to Lisbon, where we aim to lift out for the winter.
Whilst we sat out strong, northerly tramuntana winds in Menorca, we made a rough plan to get us from the Balearics to Gibraltar, noting distances and possible stopping off places. It was a sobering thought to discover the distance was around 550nm. Whilst we could of course make a couple of long passages, our preference was to break up the distance into smaller chunks, and visit places along the way. We also needed to consider where we would restock our fresh food supplies which were becoming low.
We needed the weather to cooperate and we also wanted fun along the way.
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