Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Farewell Mallorca, Hello Menorca!

As we hadn’t managed to circumnavigate the island, we decided to rent a car on our last day in Mallorca and do it by land instead.  In fact, it gave us another dimension of the place and in many ways was perhaps better than doing it by boat …. but we both agreed that we prefer traveling by sea, especially after the nth roundabout. We headed northwest through Artà that.. Read More

Mallorca – the Coast facing SE

From Cabrera we had a pleasant enough sail with a bit of motoring to Puerto Petro.  The highlight of the passage was being accompanied by several, what we think were, bottlenose dolphins for a while.  One in particular seemed to hang around longer than the others, swimming off and then returning, rolling over to show his lighter colored underbelly as he approached our bow.  The water was so beautifully clear.. Read More

Islas de Cabrera

We had our best sail so far this year from Palma to Cabrera, a lovely reach in bright sunshine with one reef in the mainsail and adjusting the genoa to maximize our speed while not stressing us or the boat.  We tend to reduce sail early as it usually results in a much more comfortable ride while barely losing any speed.  We were often doing well over 8 knots so.. Read More

Mallorca – so far

We had good downwind sailing across from Ibiza in the company of an American catamaran, Sweety, with Tony and Shannon onboard whom we were in touch with on VHF.  While we had thought we would make Camp de Mar our first stop, upon reading the guide book and reviews on Captain’s Mate (a great app managed by the Cruising Association), we decided to opt instead for Santa Ponsa, as did.. Read More

Mallorca tomorrow?

We spent longer in the Es Nautico marina in San Antoni than anticipated but are feeling happier that we diagnosed and corrected intermittent vibration on the prop shaft.  We can recommend Louis who worked through the issue, to make several adjustments, and culminated in snorkeling to remove one of anodes we had placed on the prop shaft. He thought that the weight of the anodes close to the J/P bracket.. Read More

Ibiza – First Days

With light winds forecast to veer from NE to E to SE overnight, we set off from Torrevieja for Ibiza around midday on Tuesday, with an estimated passage time of around 18 hours. Under full main and genoa we initially sailed close-hauled on a more northerly course.  Thankfully the forecast turned out to be accurate so we did indeed manage to gradually make more easting towards our waypoint off Ibiza. .. Read More

Cartagena to Mar Menor and then Torrevieja

Having been in port for over six months, we chose a day to depart when conditions finally calmed down; we didn’t want too much excitement for our first day out.  As it turned out, we had company as many others who had overwintered in Cartagena also chose to depart on Saturday, although several had left the day before.  A gentle motor brought us around Cabo de Palos, the SE tip.. Read More