THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!

It was about time, tomorrow we sail off! The last days have been frantic, with all crews busy buying large quantities of food and preparing their boats in offshore trim. The meteo is deemed to be “good” because it blows a near gale from the East, and therefore favourable, if a bit strong!….. Always better than having the same wind … Continua a leggere

RAIN AND PARTIES

A short summary of last events: after Almerimar, we reached Gibraltar after a rather uneventful sail which lasted little more than 24 hours, 2 days ahead of the latest arrival date required by the Blue Water Rally organisation. Most Rally boats were already there, although quite a few of them were empty, their crews having flown back home and planning … Continua a leggere

GIBRALTAR, AT LAST!

We’re in Gibraltar! The passage from Almerimar was marked by favourable wind but rough seas and a strong adverse current, anyway we arrived here in Marina Bay in the early afternoon of the 12th. As it was to be expected, most Rally boats are already here, although some are empty as their crews has flown back home and will return … Continua a leggere

ARE YOU TOO DOING THE ATLANTIC?

This is the first question from our neighbors when we berth in Almerimar. In fact, Almerimar is a very popular stopover with long-range yachts: I counted more metal-hulled boats here than in the whole trip. You see all sorts, from modern-well equipped yachts to old tubs and all-too-obviously-homemade ones. The town itself is a typical summer second-home establishment, not much … Continua a leggere

GIBRALTAR IS GETTING NEAR!

At the end of a 50-hour passage, most of which under the iron sail (the engine, for those unfamiliar with the expression), we are anchored in an unreal silence in Cala Genoves, at the eastern tip of Cabo de Gata, the promontory marking the separation between Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. Only 170 miles to reach Gibraltar, where we … Continua a leggere

PALMA DE MALLORCA, AT LAST!

After nearly three days of sailing, here we are, comfortably moored in Palma, in a corner of the harbour, just in front of the gothic cathedral which, by night, is quite a sight! The passage from Carloforte was uneventful in the first half, until on the second day the engine decided to dye once again; there was clearly air in … Continua a leggere