Mahon, Menorca

Passage: Cala d'Or - Mahon

We ended up spending almost a week in Mahon. We got the tender fixed (replacement fuel tank and fuel line), the chartplotter (loose connection) and the lazarette (new brackets made to support it). The weather between Menorca and Sardinia looked pretty challenging as well!

Cala d’Or

From Portals Vells we made a short run around Mallorca to Cala d’Or. A small marina in a small town that is obviously a popular summer resort. On the way in I noted advertised depths of 3.0m throughout, although the depth shallowed to 2.6m at once stage.

Portals Vels to Cala d'Or

The next morning was an early start. All hands on deck at 0530 for lines and departure prep. We slipped on time at 0545 but then, only 5 minutes later, we ran aground in the channel! Our draught is 2.31m and I saw 2.4-2.3 a moment before we stopped. It took us over an hour to get clear – our tender motor kept stopping and a fisherman who came to help got our line tangled in his prop. Eventually a mariniero in his tender managed to pull our stern around and off we floated.
62 nm later we arrived in the harbour of Mahon and spent 20 min searching for the Club Maritimo of Mahon. It looks more like a town quay. We’ll see.

Cala Portals Vells

Clogged with salt

A nautical generator expert came on board this morning and fixed the generator in 45 minutes. He disconnected the cooling water outlet and the connection was clogged with salt. We had already checked the cooling water inlet, the impeller and the outlet in the hull, but we would never have found this particular connection. All good, and we’ve learned a little more about the boat.

Ibiza and Palma

Wednesday: A short run to Santa Eulalia marina, a few miles north-east of Ibiza town. An excellent marina with lots of facilities, but pricey.

Thursday: A 10 hr/62 nm day today, so we left early at 0600 local. A good SW wind so running downwind all day. We used the preventer on the boom and also experimented with two foresails and no main. It worked, but one of the foresails needs to be poled out to stabilise it.
Jane left her hatch open a crack not realising that the sea wasn’t as calm as the day before – the bed got soaked…

There was a Mayday during the morning. We plotted the position but were too far away to assist.

We welcomed Shirley on board on Friday and said goodbye to Jane on Sunday. We’ll be sorting a problem with the generator (overheating and shutting down) in the morning then it’s off to Cala d’Or on the east coast of Mallorca.

Sailing At Last!

We left Valencia a day late because the car was broken into overnight in Sitges, just south of Barcelona. The police told us that foreign and hire cars are targeted because the thieves know there will be lots of stuff inside. I took the “tech bag” into the hotel, so laptop and iPads were safe, and I’d strapped some bags in the boot together so they couldn’t drag those out of the window. Still, they got away with €300 of food and two travel bags with sailing equipment and clothes inside. That all meant we had to delay our departure from Valencia to get the car into a repair shop.

Enough of that. We slipped from the Real Club Nautico Valencia for the final time at 0500 this morning. It’s 92 nm to Formentera, 13 hours or so, and we wanted to arrive before dark. The plan worked, mainly because there was no wind so we were able to motor at 6-7 kt all the way and we did the leg in 12:45.

We’re now at anchor at the Punta Sabina beach with a lot more boats than were here in February. Still, it’s a beautiful stop. Ibiza tomorrow…

The Lockdown

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.

Real Club Nautico Palma


Back to a big marina for a change, the Real Club Nautico de Palma. I’m doing the Yachmaster Ocean Course here next week, so this is a good base for a few days. There’s little wind anyway so we’re not missing any sailing.

Whatever electrical adapters you have on board you never have the right ones!

And we’ve ordered Lithium Ion batteries to be installed next week.

Portals Vells

Portals Vells

This bay was recommended to us by a bloke in a ship’s chanderlery. Absolutely beautiful.

Cala Major, Palma

To Mallorca

A longish day of sailing to Mallorca. Plenty of wind until later in the afternoon. We anchored at Cala Major, the first bay to the west of Palma.



A short 11 nm trip from Formentera to Ibiza. The nav instruments keep failing when the bow thrusters are used. Will try to get them fixed when we get to Palma.

We explored the town a little. Very quiet out of season. Valentines dinner at the marina pizzeria with a posher meal the following evening.