Living on a boat in a shipyard is little fun, but it was only 2 nights. Apart from the discomfort and dirt the boat didn’t move, no rocking, no halyards clacking, no creaks and water lapping. Just not right.
But all that was rectified on Friday morning when we were dropped back into the water. We refuelled and sailed out of Palma, proper sailed, no engines! We sailed out into the Bay of Palma doing a cracking 4 to 5 knots into a 12 knot breeze, like driving without the hand brake on!
We planned to return to Las Islets but when we got the the anchorage was full and offered no shelter to the wind so we moved onto an anchorage on north side of Punta de sa Porassa, the head land just north of Magaluf. This was a farbetter choice as the headland sheltered us dfrom the strengthening southerly wind.
We briefly considered going ashore but the three premises at the jetty head were JJ’s Sports Bar, The Scotsman and the Welsh Mosquito; delightful establishments I am sure but we decided to stay on board and have a BBQ instead.
So with the boat out of the water in the shipyard and going no where we went for a walk around Palma. It is a much nicer city than I’d thought it would be, relatively quiet and un crowded. We just wandered around the streets with no particular plan, other than to find a supermarket and a restaurant for dinner. The Palau de l’Amudaina and the Cathedral are spectacular and dominate the city but the narrow streets of the ‘old town’ are very pleasant to wander in.
We arranged to have the hull cleaned in Palma by a company called STP. We set off from Las Isletas at 7 and were waiting for the shipyard to open at 8 for our allotted lift out time. Once out of the water she was set down in the shipyard to be scraped and jet washed. The cleaning only took the morning but we couldn’t be put back in the water because the lift wad booked solid until Friday morning; so we had a day and a half in Palma.
As you can see the boat needed cleaning. She had been given anti fouling when built and I can only think that long stays in Faro and Valence defeated it! Hopefully for the next few months we’ll be moving and the marine growth won’t get too much of a grip; we’ll get clean and the anti fouling done for next year.
We set off as planned and sailed, then motor sailed through the night to arrive off the south western tip of Mallorca Bay as the sun rose; reminiscent of a scene from Lord of the Rings and the Fires of Mordor.
We are on our way to Palma to have the boat lifted out of the water, cleaned and new anti fouling applied and so we anchored close by in one of the anchorages around Las Illetas just south of Palma.
Tomorrow we have an early start as we need to be at the hoist by 8 am. We should be out of the water for 2 days, back in on Friday.