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Stuck at Port Pollenca

A new bad weather front is approaching from the Golf of Lion, thus we again seek protection in the bay next to Port Pollenca. This time we drop our anchor closer to the military airport as the anchorage seems to be better. The decision was a good one as around ...

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Back to Mallorca

Before heading to Spain we make only two nice stops, because the weather forecast shows some negative development. Fact is: we don’t want to be within the Gulf of Lion if a bad weather is approaching. As the coast in direction of Barcelona doesn’t provide nice anchorages, we decide to ...

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Sole of main mast

On September 3rd at 8.00 am sharp are we at the crane to get the main mast lifted and the sole changed. Antoine is with us, but otherwise nobody’s really ready to start. – Thus it’s business as usual and we wait…. Before the main mast get lifted all the ...

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Côte d‘Azur

The bad weather is over and also the big fireworks at Port Grimaud where we had the best place at the anchorage.   Being that close to Saint Tropez and not really being there is a no-go. Thus we move over and anchor next to the harbor, so that we ...

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Northwest of Corsica

In September we want to be in Toulon / France in order to replace the sole of our main mast, – unfortunately it dissolves itself. This part was replaced in 2010, while the older part under the mizzen (from 2007) is still in perfect condition. Either AMEL changed its material ...

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Outhaul gear of main sail

Our several days lasting repair holidays come to an abrupt stop: the outhaul gear of our main sail goes on strike. Robin’s attempts to repair or disassemble the defect part fail, in spite of the support provided by Mike, thus we order a new gear at AMEL. As deliveries need ...

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Elba Sailing

Done, – we arrive on Elba. Here we meet up again with SY Quatrifoglio, the nice Swiss couple we got acquainted with on Mallorca: Markus and Eva. We spent a nice evening together. Next day they sail off south and we to Porto Azzurro (Elba east coast). Porto Azzurro is ...

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Dessalator and Lewmar Winch / Ibiza and Formentera

Actually we hadn’t anything to repair for 3 days in a row, but then our DUO Watermaker decided to change that: it stopped working on 220 V. With phone support of Martin from Dessalator – an extremely nice and supportive guy! – we can analyze the problem. Luckily it seems ...

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Engine alignment + Ibiza

Sadly we leave the nice bay of Pollenca and go in direction of Palma. Our first stop is in the Cala de Sa Font in the north-east of Mallorca, where we spent a bumpy night. Although the bay is beautiful and the anchorage is good, an unexplained swell is coming ...

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