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!
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.