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Jul 14, 2013 - Ibiza - Days 1 and 2

It's paradise here!!!! Sunny, beaches, warm whether, parties, drinking, etc... Ibiza is the clubbing capital of the world. When we arrived it was pretty late at night so we walked around a little bit then decided to call it a night, a long day at the airport in Madrid. After getting back to the room we couldnt really fall asleep so we decided to go to a club on our first night here. The club was alright but not what we were expecting from Ibiza, pretty dead inside. We stayed for a couple hours then decided to actually call it a night...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Palma de Mallorca Spain

Taking the city bus into town was really quite easy and cheap and it was a beautiful day for a stroll through the quaint streets of Palma with Mac and Ginny. Of course our first visit was to the beautiful old cathedral where we paid the entrance fee and walked around. The cathedral has its origins in the very beginnings of the Christian takeover of the island of Mallorca back in the 13th century. In the autumn of 1229, King James I and his men sailed to the island to defeat the Arabs and it was on this crossing that the seed of the...

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Oct 14, 2012 - Entry 11

10-14 Near Palma, Spain. Palma was nice; we were docked at a massive shipyard for a few days. It felt good to have shore showers and walk around the city in the evening. I spent one day in Daie, a small town that attracts writers for several months at a time. Many travel there to finish novels. I was a bit disappointed by the small size, however it felt good to have some me time. It was about an hour away from Palma by bus, and directly on the other side of the island. Yesterday I went on two dives, each at about 50 feet. They were the...

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Sep 17, 2012 - IBIZA!

Made it back from Ibiza in one piece, and can absolutely say I had the time of my life! My dad read about Ibiza in rolling stone so he knows what its famous for but ill do my best to describe it! Basically all the really famous disco tech djs from europe play there once a week, like tiesto, calvin harris, paul van dyke, swedish house mafia, and many more! I know most of you wont recognize any of those names but for my generation, in the last five years, they have become crazy popular! To go to one of their shows in the US where they tour...

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Aug 24, 2012 - Last days on Whimbrel

After spending a final night on board Whimbrel at anchor in Santa Ponsa, we handed over the keys of the boat to the new owner on Friday 10 August and flew back to Gatwick that afternoon. It was a stressful last few days as we weren’t sure if the repairs would be completed by Thursday evening or if we would manage to pack up all our stuff by the time the removals people came to collect the boxes! We originally set out in July 2011 with no firm plan other than to head south towards the Mediterranean and to visit lots of new places along the...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Santa Ponsa, Mallorca

We’ve been based in Santa Ponsa for the last couple of weeks, apart from a night on a mooring buoy in San Telmo, just round the south-west corner of Mallorca. We met up with Francis’ sister and family a few times, both on shore and afloat, while they were out here on holiday - the competitive nature of Francis and his niece Saskia came to the fore with a swimming race in San Telmo bay! We also took on a bit more culture with a visit to Palma cathedral and Almudeina Palace. However, we feel a bit as though we’re marking time now because we...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Cabrera to Santa Ponsa

You can only stay one night in Cabrera in July and August, so we sailed north-west back to Mallorca, crossing outside the Bay of Palma. We then passed through a narrow passage between Islote el Toro and Punta de Ses Barbines where the depth got down to a couple of metres below the keel which was quite exciting – we followed another boat on the basis that if they got through, we should be OK! We saw a forest fire above Palma Nova with a huge cloud of smoke above it and as we approached Santa Ponsa, where we anchored, there were two...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Cala Caragol to Cabrera Island

We’d been trying to go to the fifth Balearic Island for a while, but because it is a marine reserve you aren’t allowed to anchor and have to book a buoy. We’d managed to get one for tonight so we headed south towards the island which is called Cabrera. The forecast was for a Force 5 wind all day (which for once turned out to be accurate), so we set off with a reef in the mainsail and had a great sail past the northern most islands of the archipelago and right round Cabrera. Most of the coastline is steep cliffs of a lovely red/ochre...

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Jul 14, 2012 - Porto Colom to Cala Caragols

We sailed about an hour down the coast and anchored in Cala Gran which is a lovely bay with luxurious-looking villas either side and trees down to the rocky shoreline. It is actually part of the string of resorts referred to as Cala d’Or and very built up just inland, but lovely from the sea! From bright sunshine, within the space of about 10 minutes, there were two claps of thunder and then a very heavy downpour and all the hoards of people on the beach made a dash for the umbrellas. It washed the boat for us and cleared the air a bit. We...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Puerto de Pollensa to Porto Colom

We sailed south-east along the coast of Mallorca, accompanied by another yacht (Spanish) which was going in the same direction. It was good fun having a bit of a ‘race’ with themand we overtook each other a few times, with stronger winds favouring Whimbrel. They finally left us to go into Cala Ratjada at the top of the east coast. Conditions on the north-east coast were quite uncomfortable with 2-3 metres of swell side on to the boat, but it got much calmer once we were heading south down the east coast, thank goodness. The coastline is...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Spanish Islands, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca

I liked Palma de Mallorca and would love to to come again to spend more time. The water is just like in St. Croix and I enjoyed swimming to the beach. Didn't like Ibiza at all. It was dirty, flat, and barren looking. They say that after dark it comes alive and many European young people come there to party.

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Jul 8, 2012 - Puerto de Pollensa

We've had a quiet week in Puerto de Pollensa, pottering around town, enjoying a couple of good meals ashore and lazing on Whimbrel. We visited the Albufera Nature Reserve again – it’s lovely for walking and cycling, even if you aren’t interested in birds. We saw some different birds this time, including two stone curlew and several purple gallinule with chicks, as well as three marsh harriers flying around. 6 and 7 July were frantic as we tidied the boat, washed a year's worth of salt and dirt from settee and cockpit cushion covers and...

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