Me and my Dad went to an island after dinner to explore. There were thousands of lizards, I could of caught one if I wanted but I did not. It had a few old buildings and a light house.
Today we left from Mallorca for Menorca, our next island. I steered the boat for half an hour - it was fun-ish. When we arrived we went swimming to cool off, then we got dressed and went into town after dinner for the Sant Joan Day Festival. Everyone is wearing red t-shirts, carrying bottles of lemon drink and there are flags everywhere. Crowds are streaming into town, there is a real buzz in the air. Something big is going to happen.
At the festival they have horses - more than 100 Menorca bred horses, the riders are known as cavaliers, they are very skilled. Granny would have been impressed.
We watched the opening ceremony where the riders ride around in a circle and loop through the crowd. I thought it was a bit mean as there were millions of people, and they were trying to touch and tease the horses. The horses reared up, and walked in tight circles to escape.
We watched from above, behind a high wall. The police stopped us from going into the main area, people can get trampled. The year before last someone died.
We move and go to the town square to watch it one the big screen with even more crowds, everyone is drinking lemon gin, Mum and Dad try some. We have ice creams instead. We watch the next game, riders with spears have to stab a ring hanging down. The horses charge through the crowd, volunteers keep people back. We see one rider get the ring and the crowd goes crazy. It is a lot of fun.
ps. Below photo's not ours...
Once upon a time there was a girl called Camille Grace, (Oh she has the same name as me). Anyway she was studying jellyfish, she was a jellyfish expert. But not close enough. She had to get a sting! One day she put her foot down to go swimming and guess what she found? Yes, you guessed right. She got a sting from a jellyfish. So now she says it hurt so badly she can not describe it. All she can say is YOU DO NOT WANT A JELLYFISH STING!!
We've headed around the top of Mallorca to Porto Soller to collect some of our mail that we been sending to Tegans friend here. It is a beautiful spot and the northerlies stay away. The evenings have a golden glow and the absence of the tourists that take over during the day makes for peaceful evenings.
Amongst the mail is Sam's new BBQ - and of course he can't wait to get it going.
We were anchored in Pollensa when we saw a sea plane take off. It started it's engines for about 10 mins then it started to move slowly. Next it went down to the water but some kayaks were in the way.
Once the kayaks were out of the way the seaplane revved up its engines. There was a boat there to help pilot him. It went out to sea a bit more then turned around and rev'ed up its engines again. It started to lift it's front and then it's up and away!
The plane goes a few circles, then it goes back down and scoops up some water. It goes back into the sky and drops the water from the sky.
We went out o the shops so we didn't see it land. I have not seen a sea plane before, I thought it was cool when it dropped its water.
We have a habit of picking great neighbours (apart from the geriatric nudist catamaran in Porto Petro.. we don't need to relive that spectacle!). Anyway, today we have another great one. Apparently, the most expensive property in Spain, who knows, but it is lovely. Also set for "The Night Manager" TV show.
Well the forecast said force 7 NW winds for the next few days...but it had been saying that all week so we decided to have a go for the North West corner of Mallorca. Yes going to the North West corner with strong NW winds could create the odd problem...and it did. About three hours into the trip both Sarah and I were both down below (briefly). Sarah popped up and noticed the wind was up. She checked and it was hitting 30 knots. We still had 10 miles to go (about two hours). Luckily we had a plan B, which meant we could find shelter in 5 miles. It was a very long 5 miles!!
Initially, the swell was okay, but we needed to go side on to the swell to hit our safe harbour. With three miles to go, it no longer felt safe to go side on, so we had to steer into the swell. While that worked, it meant we were going to miss our harbour and were on target to hit a cliff. It was also uncomfortable (although Maddy said it was fun). So we decided to turn and run with the storm. This was the first time we had been running (going down wind) in a Cat. What a difference that made. Not only did everything settle down, but we did not have the potential broaching that you sometimes get with a monohull. Anyway a couple of good lessons learnt...1) respect the forecasts; 2) running with the wind works well in a Cat.
The picture below is me with my life jacket on. By the time Sarah ventured out of the saloon things had quietened down somewhat.
Anyway, tucked away in our safe harbour, we enjoyed the afternoon watching the lightening and Hector even enjoyed some welcome rain!
After a night on a mooring back in Porto Pedro avoiding a storm that didn't come, we head north east up the island, stopping at Porto Colom on the way for fuel and water. We dock for water without incident, the guy tries to charge 12 euro lucky our neighbour at Cala Mitjana told us it costs 7, so we were able to set him straight before he told us it wasn't drinkable.
Porto Colom looks an interesting place, but we're moving on. We stopped for the night in Cala Margraner and had the place to ourselves after a small yacht left. It is a wild sort of cove with a lot of nesting seabirds and goats out to steal their eggs. In the picture below you can see the mother goat and the seagull swooping in. Just before the picture was taken, the mother goat showed her baby goat where the seagull nest was. The baby goat is now enjoying some fresh eggs, while the mother goat stands between the baby goat and the attacking seagull. One mother wins, while the other mother loses...well this round any way...
Our pilot book said "arguably one of Mallorca's most attractive anchorages", so of course we had to check it out. It is a narrow cove, so we needed a stern line to the rocks to limit our swing. It took us forever to get the lines in place and later watched as others entered and set up in minutes.. lucky we didn't have an audience for our efforts.
And yes it is a beautiful spot...that's until the swell works it's way in over night and reverberates around the rocky walls. By the time we come to leave the exit looks like wild river rapids. We opt to stay put and watch as a couple of other yachts surf out with little control.
We spend the day doing washing and jumping off the side.
The next day there's an early morning swim to untie the lines, and finally we're off!
On Sunday 12th of June we went to Porto Petro, Mallorca, Spain.
Despite the fact that the water wasn’t the nicest we have swam in, we went swimming. Asia, Camille and I had a lot of fun jumping in.
Then we went to the supermarket. At the supermarket we brought some postcards. I wanted to get a keyring with a lizard on it that said Mallorca on it, but unfortunately I had forgotten my money.
Later we went out to dinner at a place called Rafael y Flora (which means Rafael and Flora). There we had pizza, tapas, calamari, Mum and Dad shared a paella.
When we were done they gave us an ice cream each. Even though Asia is dairy free we persuaded her to eat it and she said it was yuck!
Then we walked back to the dinghy and went back to Hector for some sleep.
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.