A couple of weeks ago some friends of ours from Brasil asked if they could come and visit us while they were in Europe; about a week later they flew out to Palma and we met them in El Arenas, a marina about 5 km from the airport.
Everything went like clockwork. They arrived in the evening of Tuesday 23rd and settled in. On Wednesday we went food shopping before they went to look around Palma and we brought the shopping back on board. We had only booked one night in the marina as it was rather expensive and so we moved the boat back out to the anchorage to wait for their return. They had one of our little radios and when they called I went back in to the marina pick them up in the tender.
On Thursday morning we set off towards Porto Pollenca in almost perfect conditions for our guests, neither of whom had been to sea before. We sailed for part of the way in very light winds and in addition to being Sarah and Joe’s maiden voyage today was Valeria’s birthday!
We planned to spend the evening having a quiet BBQ anchored close to a place called Sant Jordi Campo so as the wind died we motored the last leg of the journey and anchored in a bay off Playa es Carbo. There was time for a swim and then the BBQ, some wine and beer as the sun set and then cards. It was a big change from the normal hectic and well attended Bank Holiday BBQ we normally host and it was great Sarah and Joe could be with us!
On Friday we moved on to Port Colom and instead of anchoring we took a buoy for the night, anchoring in the Cala is prohibited. We went ashore to explore and Valeria and Sarah went for a walk to a beach opposite town for a swim and Joe and I picked them up in the tender. We had a meal ashore and the following morning did a quick fresh veg shop before setting off towards Cala Ratjada. On arrival none of the anchorages looked too appealing so we carried on for a couple of miles to Calas Molto and Guya and decided to anchor in Cala Molto, the smaller of the two and once the day boats had gone it was really peaceful, just ourselves and a couple of German yachts.
Sarah, heavily into her yoga and meditation loved it; calm, tranquil, peaceful, ideal for meditating at sunrise! Sarah is running an ‘aerial yoga’ course in Chile and was using some of our ports of call as a back drop for the advertising. I did suggest ‘busting some moves’ whilst dangling from the mast but she didn’t seem too keen …..
At this point I need to mention fishing. Before we left we were given advice about what gear to get for sea fishing and so with a translation into Spanish and conversion to Euros we got the basic stuff we needed, the only thing we didn’t have was any clue how to use it; until Joe arrived! Although he hadn’t done much sea fishing he did an admirable job of catching us three fish which tasted awesome on the BBQ.
On Sunday we set off for the last stage in our trip to Porto Pollenca and it was a really good sail. The wind was behind us for most of the day and we had the Cruising Chute out and were managing almost 8 knots at some points, half the true wind speed and twice our Cruising speed under engines!!!! ! My brother Jeremy was in Pollenca and I’d told him when we’d arrive so he could look out for us as we arrived and had visions of screaming into Pollenca Bay like something out of Master and Commander; alas, the wind had other ideas and we had to drop the nice big colourful Chute and arrive under plain sails alone; just one more sail boat in a bay full of them.
We dropped anchor and went ashore for dinner with Sarah and Joe and had to make the return journey to the boat in the pitch dark! A bit of an eye opener for our guests.
And then it was Monday morning and their week with us over, all too soon. We ran them ashore in the tender, two trips due to the size of the suit cases, had brunch then saw them onto the bus to Palma.
In all a really good week, all the better for being a last minute surprise that fitted in so perfectly with our existing plans. We look forward to seeing them in Brasil at Christmas.