We left Valencia at lunch time on Monday 8th August with an over night passage ahead of us, 20 hours, heading for Cala Badella on the west coast of Ibiza planning to arrive at about 8 am.
The entire passage was calm and clear and uneventful with Valeria standing the evening watch and me taking over at midnight for the night watches. We had clear skies and the Milky Way once the moon set.
Throughout the afternoon we had been passing countless jelly fish and accompanying fish feeding from them, interesting but nothing more. At night, however, as we passed through the schools those in our wakes, disturbed by our passage became fluorescent, leaving a trail of bright blue blobs behind us.
We arrived off Cala Badella at 8am but it soon became clear there was no space for a simple ‘dropping the hook’ anchoring. The only way for us to anchor would have been a manoeuvre known as a Moor using our main anchor as usual but taking a second anchor line ashore to the rocks and we decided it was not something we fancied doing. So we turned around and moved a couple of miles further north to the bigger Cala Tarida where we found space to anchor and so by about 9.30 were were anchored and ready for bed.
After a rest we put the tender in the water and drove ashore to sample the delights of Cala Tarida. A couple of drinks in a packed beach bar serving chips with everything sent us back out to the boat for some peace and quiet and a swim.
I took the opportunity to snorkel and examine the underwater hull – quite a shock! We have a proper coat of barnacles and marine growth below the waterline which will slow us down considerably. She has been in the water for over a year and spent about 6 months stationary so she needs a clean, but my how she needs a clean. I assume that the antifouling used from new will have been pretty basic stuff so that will need re-doing too.
So with little to keep us we decided to head for San Antonio on the following day.