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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 in. – Had we known what the next night brings, we would have slept much better….

After approximately 60 nm, we arrive in the bay next to Portals Nous, close to Palma nova. There we drop our anchor despite the anchorage is not convincing, with lots of stones and grass and only a few sandy patches. First it looks rather quiet as the wind and swell comes from the same direction. After an hour the wind shifts earlier as forecasted but the swell stays and gets support from the many ferries sailing to and from Palma, resulting in a very rocky boat. – In fact, that was one of the most unpleasant nights we ever had during our sailing career.

Next morning we escape to Cala Portals, enjoying the quiet sea and the good anchorage. Here we meet again with SY Titanium and there owners James and Louise.

Together we sail to Ibiza on May 19.

We drop our anchor in Cala de San Vicente, in the north of the island. On Navionics the bay looks better sheltered, but it’s ok with only a slight swell.

Further we sail to Sant Antoni de Portmany on the west coast of Ibiza. Originally we intended to anchor somewhere close, but either there was too much swell or anchorage was forbidden. It seems that meanwhile the best protected bays on the west coast are closed for anchorage. Finally we go for a buoy in the bay of Sant Antoni which belongs to the Marina Es Nautic (radio channel 9). The costs are reasonable with 29 EUR per night after CA discount of the 20 %. Included in the price are water taxi, welcome drink and the usage of the sanitary facilities. The marina staff is very nice and we think that price-service level is rather good.

A big surprise brings our walk through the ‘bar street’, – we feel being in the wrong movie. Neither at Halloween nor at ‘Street Parade’ or similar occasions did I see so many boozed people, wearing next to nothing, – and on top the next to nothing is unbelievable ugly. Obviously for most of those people it would have been better to wear far more cloths… – We can’t stop wondering.

 

After two nights in Sant Antoni we have to sail back in direction of Portocristo. In the north-east of Ibiza we meet up with Peter and Marlies and their SV Highliner and guests, – as usual a great pleasure. As they are also on their way to Mallorca, together we sail on next morning.

After a wonderful sailing day we drop our anchor in Santa Ponsa.

Next day we sail on to Colonia de Sant Jordi where we drop our anchor in front of the beautiful sand dunes. A superb anchorage as long as there are no southerly winds.

Back in Portocristo we are lucky getting a good berth as the harbor is rather full for this time of the year.

On Monday the work starts. As agreed the mechanic arrives and aligns the engine with the special tool. – It goes rather well.

Naturally we also make the first service at the engine, so that it can ‘purr’ nicely. – Some other small things have to be done as well before we sail off again. The weather forecast says that we will have northerly winds, thus we decide to sail to the south.

The season starts as usual: the forecast tells north and the real wind is south, – so business as usual…

Nevertheless, we agreed with SV Highliner to meet up again on Cabrera and that’s where we go.

And here we are: on Cabrera for Peter’s birthday party.

What a lovely day at a lovely place!

 

One could almost forget that there are new things to fix. After the alignment, the reverse gear made strange noises, which Robin could fix luckily. On top we can’t switch off the engine at the panel anymore, we have to do it directly at the engine. – After a lot of back and forth with our mechanic and electrician and millions of tests, Robin finds the solution, – a double Hurray!

These two weeks also end with the conclusion, that almost always after something is repaired something else isn’t working anymore. – Nevertheless, we try to see the positive aspects: where work’s done, mistakes happen….

See u soon!

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