It's a tough life..someone's gotta do it!
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
86Trip End May 31, 2014
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Benalmadena to Caleta de Velez
We left Benalmadena on Sunday and headed off to anchor at a small fishing harbour 15nm away for the night. We had a brilliant start sailing at 6knots and then the wind died away so we had to motor the remainder. On the way we saw fish jumping so we stopped for Steve to get his fishing rod out and have a go at catching supper. No go this time.
We arrived at Caleta de Velez and there was no-one in the harbour office so we left and went to anchor just off the beach outside. What seems to be a delightfully calm sea in actual fact turns into a continuous rocking with the swell and so we spent an uncomfortable night being rocked from side to side
Monday 17th September 12
To Del Este Cove
The scenery all the way along this coast has been spectacular with the coastal towns being backdropped by the mountain range. Our photos do not do it justice I’m afraid. We were motoring along and planning our ports of call when we suddenly realised that we were passing the anchorage. A quick u-turn and we headed into a delightful sheltered cove and dropped anchor for the night. Another flying fish came out of the sea as we approached and flew for ages and ages before entering the water. They are tiny fish but it’s astonishing to see them fly.
A gorgeous yacht was also anchored in the cove and we chatted to the owner on the beach a little later. For those interested it was a 67’ Discovery custom built for the owner. Obviously mega-rich but he came over to say 'hi’ to us when we had gone ashore to the beach café
Steve’s fishing knife was brought into action then and after a while he managed to cut through some of it. Starting to feel the cold it was agreed to continue tomorrow. We have no idea how it came to be there at all. Fortunately it wasn’t in the prop only around it.
A delicious supper of chicken and jacket potato cooked in the super duper bbq with some salad and we were settled for the night.
Tuesday 18th September
Del Este cove
A better night at anchor but during the night the wind got up and we had to get out on deck at 3am to take the tarpaulin down
So a little while later we got the outboard down off the side and fitted it onto T3 so that we could go to the marina in her and maybe a little further afield. The motor roared into life and all was ready so I get in and the engine dies! Yes, again! Anyway, with some effort Steve manages to get it going and we head off to the marina, which is only ˝ mile away round the rocks. Dunikolu disappears as we move away and we are nearing the marina when the engine dies again….just fizzles out. No amount of swearing gets it going again so Steve has to row us back to the boat. He’s getting good at it now…well lots of practice!! Not only am I completely hacked off with the thing but so is he.
We get the outboard off and row to the beach and walk round to the marina for a look round and have a light lunch there before returning to the boat.
Some youngsters were swimming over to a very high rocky area and we realised as we watched them that they were going to jump off. See Steve’s action photos.
We were then thinking it was time to fix the prop problem before getting too dark. As we were sitting in the cockpit I happened to notice that the pedalo guy was peddling towards us. He was preparing to take in his channel markers for the end of the season. He was also calling to a diver on the beach! Ah! I thought….a diver…..mayhap he could help us out here?? To cut a long story short, after he had done the work for the other guy he very kindly came over and with his diver’s knife he quickly cut the remaining rope off for us. That saved Steve the job.
After we had had supper it was still very hot and close and I could stand it for a while but then had to strip off and go for a midnight dip. It was so refreshing and no-one could see you unless the fishermen had night vision glasses! Steve followed me in and we had a super swim around the boat a few times. To wash the salt off the outside shower hose was put to use.
The cove was very popular with divers and they always headed over to the sheltered part of the rocks where it was very deep
Next morning we were going to make our way to Almerimas 37 miles away.
Wednesday 19th September
Del Este to Motril marina
Sailed to Motril an empty looking port with a marina in the corner where we berthed on the waiting pontoon for the night.
Thursday 20th September
Motril to Adra
We left the Port and headed off to Almerimar in calm seas. We had an excellent sail but before long the wind and sea began building and the wind direction changed and so we had to ‘beat’ our way forward. This was fun for a while but the seas got higher and higher and the wind stronger and stronger so that we were struggling to make headway
With another 20+ miles to go to Almerimar and 3.30pm we ditched the genoa and motorsailed with the main up to Adra 10 miles along for the night. Now you hardy sailors out there would probably say we should have persevered but quite honestly when it takes an hour to go one mile and you have another 20 or so to go…….this is supposed to be pleasurable remember.
So we got into Adra marina for the night and left next morning.
Friday 21st September
Adra to Almerimar
A very calm sea this morning and a gentle motor along the 10 miles left to Almerimar where we arrived at 1.30pm.
This is a smashing marina and where lots of yachties overwinter.
We soon got chatting to other sailors and it has made us rethink our way forward
We had loads of washing to do and the launderette was right opposite us so 3 machines were put into operation straightaway to get the linen, towels and clothes all done. 19€ and only an hour later it was all done and hanging on various lines on the boat.
When I was in the launderette I notice that a Sinatra sing-alike was on in one of the pubs that evening so after supper and a rest Steve found the pub and we went along for the night. The singer was great and we enjoyed it a lot along with the huge G&T I had! It was just a shame that there were not many people there to enjoy it as well. We got back to the boat at 1am.