We took over Quartette (Qvartetta in Spanish!) in Puerto Olimpico – the marina built for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona – after a couple of days touring Barcelona’s amazing architecture… Read More »SC2104 – Summer Cruise Week 15 – Barcelona to Sete
Skipper Ted Sankey, crew Judith Hankey John Charratt, and Paul Carlin, passage to Barcelona
We stayed in L’Arenal on the Saturday night too, after a quick shake down in the bay outside, and then crossed to Porto de Andraitx. This has a Sotherby’s estate agent selling villas for €10-15m, which says a lot for the views on the hillside. It is a lovely setting so the popularity is understandable.
Our crossing to the Spanish coast had a lovely white circle (<10knots) on passage weather just north of Majorca, an ideal forecast given the alternatives we have come to expect. So our 170 mile crossing to L’Estartit was a motor sail for most of the way, with a nice sail at the end, and uneventful. We then started our cruise south along the Costa Brava to Palermos, and Blanes to Barcelono. Palermos had a commercial harbor too, where we found the immense super yacht Valerie.
We had a swim stop at the marine reserve island off L’Estartit, with some northwesterly swell but the wind did not stay in the north west as we sailed slowly southwest.
The best wind of the week seemed to be on the Friday afternoon after Judith had jumped ship at Blanes for an earlier flight. This was assessed from the 4pm train along the beautiful sandy beaches north of Barcelona. In September 1982 these beaches were deserted but now the maximum space between the sun-worshipers at the many small resorts was 100yds.
I am sure my crew-mates have much better photos and can say more about the trip too, but in summary very warm, limited wind (but no complaints given the alternative), very attractive scenery, nice sea temperature, good company and nice meals ashore and aboard.
— Judith Hankey
SC2014 – Summer Cruise – Week 13 – ‘Stay warm and dry’ becomes ‘stay cool and wet’! Majorca and beyond
Judith Hankey, Richard Ash and Simon Smith joined Dean and Helen Colegate in Palma Majorca, on July 26th as Andy Bowerman and Jon left Quartette following a lengthy crossing from… Read More »SC2014 – Summer Cruise – Week 13 – ‘Stay warm and dry’ becomes ‘stay cool and wet’! Majorca and beyond
After several weeks basking in the Mediterranean sunshine, Quartette made it safely to Cagliari, in southern Sardinia, with hardly any faults to report or deal with – in fact the… Read More »SC2014 – Week 12 of Summer Cruise – Sardinia to Majorca by Andy Bowerman