Anchors aweigh, aweigh aweigh.
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
80Trip End May 31, 2014
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In the morning Steve was concerned that we were only in 1.5m of water and were bumping the bottom, so we upped anchor and moved across to the 2nd island that had a designated anchorage area though we were the other side of it. It was very calm there but oh my god, the jellyfish were everywhere! I mean, literally, every cubed metre of water had jellyfish in it. They look like sesame burger buns from one side and the size of some of them
We tried to land Thunderbird 3 but we could not get quite close enough to miss the jellyfish and get ashore. Honestly, it was that bad!
As the day wore on we decided to have an afternoon sail around the 2 islands as the wind picks up nicely. So we set off and had a brilliant start with the sails up and were making good progress.
This sea is only 6m deep at the deepest point so we didn't even think to check the chart. Mistake. We were rounding the first island with good speed but cutting it a bit fine on the angle of sail when we suddenly stopped...dead! Now what? We had hit a sand bank that came right out into the channel. It took us awhile to get free but eventually with a lot of engine thrusting we managed to get free and set sail again with the charts in full view this time.
That night we anchored around the other side of the 2nd island and anchored in the designated area. The wind was blowing up and it was not long before we were noting 18 knots on the instruments. We felt quite safe though we were not as sheltered as the night before
It was a shame that we could not swim because of the jellyfish. So again we settle down for the evening and then realise that the wind has blown up and we are rocking about. we up anchor and head to a more sheltered spot around the headland. Steve puts plenty of chain out and we settle down again. The wind is getting unto 23 knots now and we manage to get some shelter from the island but not for long. Yes, we have dragged the anchor again. This time about 3/4 mile off shore before we realised! Now, we are in 26 knots of wind and it's warm though! So we head in again, this time closer to the island and we hit the bottom briefly on another sandbank! It is very dark and you can hardly see anything except a black mass ahead of you. anyway, that wasn't a problem and we drop anchor again.
Can I go to sleep now Steve? Yes, don't worry I'm up reading (Tractors in the Ukranian, by the by). I decide that it is quicker if I stay dressed now..just in case...and then YEP..you guessed it
We are both shattered but reach this smashing marina (Marina Salinas) where we are now camped for 20 nights at a special rate and the staff are all very helpful and friendly. The wifi is not working though so I am sitting in this internet cafe doing the blog. 1€ for 1 hour...can't complain about that. Tomas Maestra take note!
So no more blogging from me as we shall be back in the Uk from this Saturday 27th to November 6th. Look forward to seeing you all soon. Put those dancing shoes on and get ready to party.
Oh...there's one helluva yacht berthed here that I shall try and get photos on for you. It's amazing!
Bye for now.