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Arrived in Ibiza!

Current Location: Ibiza, Spain
Current Position: 38 54.85 N 001 27.55 E Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 126 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

We left Mar Menor to pass through the bridge at 8am – only to find that the bridge didn’t open until 10! Oh, well. We just dropped anchor there and waited for a while. As it happened it worked out for the best probably anyway.

As soon as we were out of the harbour, we put up the spinnaker. But it just sat there for about an hour until the wind filled in. Finally the wind picked up and we were on our way! The forecast was for gradually increasing winds, veering at the same time, reaching 25kts (force 6) by the evening and overnight. With the spinnaker up in 12kts we were going too fast – at that rate we would arrive at 5am. So we took it down and left just the genoa unfurled. We sailed like that the entire trip – mostly doing about 5 – 6 kts, though at one point in the middle of the night the wind dropped completely before it filled in again on port tack. Daylight saw us approaching land, as planned.

We were expecting a NW Tremontana wind to arrive tonight, so we wanted to be sheltered from both the SW wind we arrived in, plus the NW wind expected. Which is why, half way through the crossing we decided to go to the south of the island rather than the north.

We passed through Freu Grande, the gap between Formentera island and Ibiza island, a gap about a mile wide, and turned left to find an anchorage.

The first two didn’t work out, with poor holding, so we sailed on a bit more (still under genoa only!) to Ibiza town, and anchored in the Cala (bay) just next to it.

Now we are at a cafe ‘famous’ for its croissants, having hiked up the hill to Ibiza’s citadel first.

A good crossing in some fresh winds. Good to be cruising again, but my is it blowing here!

2 Responses to “Arrived in Ibiza!”

  • Wow, that’s awesome. Ibiza…oh yes! I hear they have some of the world’s best discos and bars there, where all the young rich and famous hang out 🙂 That would be you!!!
    Have fun, be well my friends.

    • Noel:

      Yep, that would be us – partying all night! You know how much we love loud music and crowded bars 🙂

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