Winter in Mallorca

Trip Start May 2004
Trip End Jun 2005

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

We had an appointment back in Palma to remove both the masts to alter & repaint them. This is no small undertaking as the biggest mast is about 40m long and is made of aluminium. Once all the sails came off, the electrics were unplugged, the sheets were pulled out and the booms were off, we got the 2 masts off (which takes all day, by the way). We returned to our spot in Club de Mar (really original name, huh?) and began to settle in for the winter.
The owners rented a flat for the whole crew in Palma as the living quarters were being worked on. We had a great place in town with 5 bedrooms and a balcony with a view. It had been a while since living on solid ground for most of us so it took while for us to stop stowing the galley cupboards to prevent the spices falling out when the house started to heel over!!! We also took a while to get used to the idea that we could all leave the flat at the same time and no-one needed to be on watch.
At this point, I'm sure most of you are thinking we got to spend the whole winter doing nothing... well, contrary to popular opinion, we still work every week like everyone else does. We always have loads of jobs to do & the winter allowed us to do some of the bigger ones on the boat. So, whether you choose to believe that I do actually work for a living or not, at least I can say I don't do the normal type job!
During the winter, my dad came out to Palma to see me & spent a few days there. I got to act as tour guide as I knew my way round the island by this point. We also had a brief trip to London after that as well. I had a great time in Palma and managed to see a lot of the island during that time. Some of my favorite spots were Sa Colabra, which was a tiny bay reached by a super steep & twisty road (one corner goes 270deg around & under itself) & a restaurant that's top of a steep mountain near a monastery. They do the good, old farm-style food & cheap, nasty red wine.  Everyone I know just calls it the lamb restaurant - no one seems to actually know what it's really called!
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