We’re in Mahon and plan to stay here for a couple more days before heading to Mallorca to meet our friends who arrive on Thursday. It’s been great to be in a marina for a few days to get things fixed on the boat. Our sails are repaired but we are planning to replace them eventually. We are also doing some upgrades to the boat (new mattresses, renewing the head linings for the interior panelling). The boys have been doing lots of schoolwork and we’ve also been exploring Mahon which is a lovely town. The weather has not been great although it is still warm. The only problem is that our sun tans are rapidly fading!!!
It’s been raining on and off the last few days, a good opportunity to test our cockpit enclosure which we are pleased to say does a great job in keeping us dry! Today we are anchored in Cala Teulera, a little bay round the back of a fort at the entrance of port Mahon. The kids and I did schoolwork this morning whilst Seathan got on with some maintenance and repair jobs and also organised a few more things. It’s been a good day as we managed to secure a whole new set of through hulls which Pete and Lucy will bring over when they visit. We also booked a raymarine technician in Palma to come and reprogram our software and check all data interfaces. Tomorrow we will go into Mahon to pick up the repaired sail and we might stay in the marina for one or two nights. The prices are very reasonable now that the busy summer season is over but it is still amazing how much discount there can be had after a bit of negotiating!
Yesterday was hot and sticky and today it’s raining which is quite a relief. We are heading out today to anchor in a nearby Calla and then will return to Mahon on Monday afternoon or Tuesday to pick up our repaired main sail. We stayed at a floating pontoon in the middle of the marina which was perfect for us as it gives more privacy than being at the town wall where too many tourist walk past and stop to peek inside the boat. It’s also been a great way to meet some other yachties also staying at the pontoon. There’s water and electricity (but no wifi unfortunately) and it’s only a one minute hop across the water with the dinghy to the go into town.
We have some friends visiting in two weeks which we are all very excited about. Pete, Lucy and their kids are coming over for a long weekend to Palma de Mallorca to see us ! We might have to get them to bring a few things from the UK we can’t get over here…
We also made plans to pick up two friends in Malaga late October who will sail across the Atlantic with us. We met Yotam and Eden when we were in Marmaris and got on really well. It will be great to have some extra help to share the night watches when we are doing 2 or 3 weeks non stop sailing.
We arrived safely in Mahon at 4am this morning and found a space in the marina on a floating pontoon. Trip went well, more detailed report to follow later!
We’re ready to say goodbye to Italy and head to Spain. But before we leave we wanted to spend one more night at anchor. After five days in a marina in a big city, being at anchor again is serendipity. We found a lovely bay just 15 NM south of Cagliari with clear water for some snorkelling and swimming. Tomorrow we set sail for the Balearics. The wind forecast is good, not perfect in terms of direction but we’ll take it as it comes. I’m already looking forward to another couple of night sails!
We’ve been in Cagliari since Monday. It’s an interesting city, a mixture between ancient history and modern city living. We enjoyed visiting the historic centre and its beautiful cathedral set within very old city walls. Apart from some sight-seeing we spent the rest of our time doing maintenance and fixes to the boat, catching up on schoolwork and enjoying having shore power (watching movies, getting lots of laundry done …). We’re staying in a small family-run affordable marina and yesterday the marina was visited by three huge dolphins who were hunting fish. Beautiful to watch.
Our next stop is the Balearics which is approx 250NM away so it will be our longest crossing yet. We are waiting for a favourable weather-window and hope to get going in the next few days.
We’re nearly in Sardinia, just a few miles off the coast. The most exciting part of the trip for all of us was definitely catching a fish. It was around 5pm yesterday (just in time for dinner!) that we noticed the fishing rod was bent and started pulling it in to discover a tuna at the end of it! The boys were screaming with excitement and got a bonus biology lesson. Seathan gutted, cleaned and filleted the fish and we had a delicious supper and a few more meals in the freezer. I went to bed at the same time as the kids (9pm) and Seathan did the first night shift. I prefer to do mine after a little sleep so when he woke me at 2pm I didn’t mind . It’s quite magical being out there on your own under the moon and stars while everyone else is asleep. I listened to some music , figured out which stars were which with the help of the skyguide app and only saw two other ships. I love the moment just before sunrise when everything becomes light again. Apart from spotting several turtles, today was pretty uneventful. We did schoolwork in the morning, had spaghetti carbonara for lunch (quite appropriate as we are heading towards capo carbonara !) and we cleaned the boat while the kids played with Lego. And now we’re all looking forward to anchoring in a nice bay, going for a swim and then an early night!