We had some maintenance carried out in Palma and worked our way back to Valencia in early March. We then left Mistral and drove back to France. The next day, Spain went into lockdown and a fews days later, France followed.
It’s now mid-June and there are signs that the lockdowns will be lifted soon. When we can travel back to the UK without quarantine, we will do so and visit friends and family. Then we’ll be back on Mistral for as long as possible in 2020.
We had a couple of very pleasant nights here at anchor. We replaced the battery on the tender and had a play with it. We also got a technician to come to the boat to try to diagnose the electrical problems. Not fixed, but we have a better understanding now of the systems.
While trying to get the tender working I managed to fall into the water. Not cold at all. How Karen laughed. My new glasses fell off so we found a local driver who came to the boat and recovered them!
Today (Tuesday 11 February) we made our first proper passage in Mistral. We left Valencia at 0605 and arrived at Formentera at 1940 – over 13 hours and 93nm.
We spent most of the time on the engine but once the sun was up and we left the fishing boats behind we sailed for a while. When the wind dropped the engine wouldn’t start! After some time troubleshooting and searching for circuit breakers, I switched the engine battery off and on again and it came back to life.
As of September 2019 we are boat owners. We are the proud owners of a 2001 Oyster 56, soon to be named Mistral of Portsmouth. We are grateful to the previous owners for keeping her in such fine condition, and we will be sailing her for the first time in October.