There was a big party in weekend at the marina. They gave us free hats and cupcakes. It got really windy, the record was 42.3 knots. A piece of someone's Spanish flag flew in our window. It was so windy lots of rubbish ended up in the water, we went out the next day in our PJ's to clean it up.
Over the last couple of days there has been a yachting regatta in our marina, sponsored by Spar (a bit like Four square in NZ). For the race they sail around the harbour. We couldn't see the actual race because there were huge ships blocking the way. The racers were all Spanish except for a group we weren't sure about. Their boat had a french flag, but I think they spoke Spanish so you can't be sure.
The racers going out.
For the racers they had stalls selling things and one giving away hats. So every time I went past the stall's the lady gave me a hat (well not every time). I ended up having two hats, and the family ended up (as you can imagine) with loads of hats!
Camille wearing one of the hats!
On Saturday night they had a party that lasted basically the whole night. The part had a band that started at 12pm. They sang some English songs , but they sang some Spanish songs as well. It was very loud and annoying. I got zero sleep that night
The next day they were giving out lunch - paella's and everybody wanted one, including me. Big mistake! There was a huge queue and only two huge paella pans. So they ran out pretty quickly, and before we got any.
Waiting on the Paella
Paella pans in action
Now all that is left is the rubbish, trodden paella, and the Spar racing boats.
Well, can you imagine, the engines are running, people on the dock are watching and the girls have the lines in hand ready to cast off. I have my hands on the helm, I look up and guess what I see? A lot of boat. In fact that is all I can see. I can only just see the two bows. At this point I'm thinking, sh*t when did the boat get this big. I take my hands (sweaty hands) off the helm and double check that the girls have everything under control. Yes we are good to go. In fact the girls are starting to get a little impatient and I can feel the crowd of onlookers sensing my nerves. Well to be honest I didn't want to do this and I suggest to Sarah that we wait for Willem (previous owner) to show me the "ropes" again! Well like most of the adventure to date, Sarah tells me to get on with it...and told the girls to release the lines...we were off. The rest is history...well, until it was time to put her back. That's a story I'll keep to myself for a while.
I've added a picture of what it looks like at the helm. You can just see the starboard and port bows. Camille is sitting on the starboard bow. Note the boat in front of me. I need to turn right before hitting that, but not to sharp or I hit the bow of the boat next to me.
The good news is we went out again today and both the start and finish went better than last time. Although, somehow Hector is now sitting in the berth next door! That's another story.. Anyway the marina guy complemented me on my much improved berthing. Maybe next time, I'll get the right berth!
Over and out
This is our favourite thing to do while we are stuck in the marina waiting on jobs to be done.
Camille & Anastasia
Today we went to the museum it was cool. We saw heaps of prehistoric pottery and money.
There were cool things that if you pressed a button a diver went down and got some pottery
(of course it wasn't real) it was showing how the divers got the treasure from the bottom of the ocean it was a really cool experience. So if you ever go to Spain go to ARQVA Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica which translates to ARQVA National Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
By Madeleine :-)
We went for our first sail just around the corner to a beach. It was a bit to cold to go swimming, but Camille did it.
We went out to dinner with Willam and Thea the old owners of the boat. I got pizza, it has ham and tomato sauce on it. It was yummy.
There was a concert on the way home.
Weather is hot, weather is cold,
Weather is wind, weather is a storm,
Some lightning and more.
Weather is snow,
Weather is sun and rain at the same time.
Nobody controls it, not even Mother Nature.
Weather can be nice, weather can be bad.
Weather is the sea on a stormy day
Or it is the blue sky on a summer day.
It can be clouds.
But most of all it can be everything.
We headed out Friday for our first sail. Leaving the marina went really well and we had a lovely sail around the bay to a little cove with a sandy beach and lot's of holiday makers. Inland temp's are rising and it's getting pretty hot but out on the water it's still a little chilly for swimming. Not that that stopped Camille from going for her first swim off the back of the boat.
Getting back into the marina berth was a slightly different story. The boat seemed to grow while we were out and getting it back in was a little tricky. But we did it ... eventually!
The boat isn't very different to a house, except you're in the water. To go to the toilet you have to walk a long way. At night the boat rocks around. Also the windows in the bedrooms are on the roof and if they aren't on the roof they aren't very big.
Everything on a boat has a different name.
Windows are hatches
Kitchens are galleys
Toilets are heads
Bedrooms are cabins
Deck is the cockpit
On the boat we have to be self sufficient, when we aren't in a marina, which means we have to have our own water power and food.
So actually being on a boat is quite different!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.