Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

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