Saturday, September 18, 2010

Goodbye Balearics, Goodbye Time Warp

Time Warp in Formentara

Between the Balearic Islands and the Mainland coast of Spain---We left the Balearic Islands yesterday around 6:30pm after spending nearly a month between Minorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentara and Espalmidor.

We arrived with crew Theo and Jen and said good bye to them in Minorca. We met the boats Time Wrap, Azure II, Revolution and Sarah Grace. .

We lingered in Minorca due to the kids finding kids to play with, then decided to caravan to some additional Calas (coves).

First was Cala Son Saura for a night. I called it Bog Beach. It had two beautiful beaches but after kayaking with Jane (really cool wonderful women I’d have loved to hang with more) from Azure II, we determined why one was less populated: you had to wade through about 6 inches of sea grass wash before getting on sand.

Anchorage at San Saura

Azure II in the background with family jumping from rock
 Then on to Ciutadella, which I call Big Rock because there was an enormous rock in the middle of the anchorage. Azure II had backed right up to it it seemed. We all put out double anchors that night. The “Azure family” decided the Rock could be conquered so they climbed and jumped the 15-20 foot drop with no incidence. This is where we sadly parted with Azure II who were going the opposite track to get to Greece next Spring.

From there Time Wrap and Juno (us) continued to Mallorca, the largest Island. Cities and Calas included:

Cala Matjana
 Porto Cristo (where the cave was), Cala Mitjana (my favorite of all so far…I absolutely loved this tiny cove that fit only 3 boats for the night. This said, this is where we managed to get the dinghy rope around the prop when we arrived and getting our anchor stuck under a rock when we tried to leave!), Porto Petro; Cala d’els Homos Morts (where we took a mooring that then backed us up against a rock cliff to our stern by a mere 10 feet), Palmanova (with the Cathedral), Formentera, Ibiza and Isla Espalmador (the naked island).

Anchored in Ciutadella

Leaving Formentara, we said good bye to Time Wrap (the boat with a couple and their 14 year old son). After nearly a month together, it was a sad goodbye yet knowing it’s a small sailing world, and since they are also destined to the Caribbean for the winter, chances are our paths will cross again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's so funny that you noticed the "Christmas tree" It was a Stanford flag that the boat Azure II gave to the Captain because he went to Stanford, they went to Cal. The rivalry was that some of their Stanford friends sent Azure away with this Stanford flag saying they had to hold on to it until they met someone from Stanford. We caravanned for several days and one happy hour night, they presented it to him. We hung it within view of Azure II just to poke at them. The Tree is something about Stanford's that one.