Pembroke Haven Yacht Club

Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock

Menorca 11.8.2018–28.8.2018

We arrived in Cala San Saura at 5.30pm on the 11th, moved on to Cala Turqueta the following day due to the ‘rolling’ of the anchorage and finally arrived in Mahon, Cala Taulera to await the NE winds over the next few days. 


Cala Taulera is to starboard of the entrance to Mahon, adjacent to La Mola, a big fort, and Isla Lazareto.  It is the only place in Mahon that anchoring is authorised and the rules at present state that you must leave after three nights.  It was extremely sheltered and there was plenty of room for up to 30 boats.  We took the dinghy into the shore and spent an interesting afternoon exploring the Fort, La Mola.  Completed in 1875, this stone fortress was built at the orders of Queen Elizabeth 2 of Spain and boasts magnificent views over the bay and harbour of Mahon. 

We also took a dinghy trip up the river to Mahon and visited Judith’s Aunt and Uncle who have lived in the town for a number of years.


Our first night at anchor here passed without incident but night two was slightly different!  The wind had increased and we had moved forward to make room for a rather large American Vessel – SV Wiki.  At 3.30 am a boat alongside us dragged her anchor eventually resetting.  At 4.30am, having  just settled back in bed, we heard another commotion.  A 30ft French yacht in front of us had dragged and entangled with the stern of a catamaran.  It took over an hour to release and re anchor both boats.  The fun of boating!!!

At daylight on 16th August we left Mahon for Fornells, a village on the Northern side of Menorca. We had pre-booked a berth for one night with IB Ports in the harbour, time to charge batteries and refill with water.  The following morning we left the berth and anchored on the opposite side of the harbour wall in what seemed like a sheltered area of the bay.  There were a number of boats anchored and we spent the afternoon swimming and exploring the pretty village.  During the early evening we were visited by the Port harbour master asking if we had seen the weather forecast – we had!   As time went on, the boats around us began to move.  We checked the weather again on a number of websites, nothing untoward !  We were now the only boat left in that area.  Oh boy!!   The wind picked up just after we settled for the night and with gust of up to 35 knots of wind for the majority of the night, no sleep was had by either of us.  We spent the whole night on deck at ‘anchor watch’ as the anchor and chain thankfully did it’s job to hold our position away from the harbour wall! 

The following morning we visited the IB ports office in Fornells and managed to book Money Penny into a marina berth.  We spent the next three days exploring the area.

IMG_4099IMG_4098Anchorage in Fornells

IMG_4103A meal out!          

The highest point in Menorca is Monte Toro, the tallest hill on the island.  It rises to a height of 342 m (1,122ft) and is the home of Sanctuary of Verge del Toro.  This has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th century and a statue of ‘Jesus of the Sacred Heart’ with his arms outstretched to bless the Menorcans who died in the Spanish Moroccan wars of the early 20th century, stands prominently in front of the Sanctuary.  There is also a stone monument to remember all the Menorcans who emigrated to Algeria between 1830 and 1962 when it was a French Colony.  We cycled the 7 miles to the foot of the ‘hill’ planning on taking a taxi to the top but the taxi driver was prepared to charge us the fee plus eight euros for each bike……..we decided to ride up to the sanctuary!!!  It was a hard climb, near vertical at times, more pushing than riding!

The views at the top were amazing  as we l looked back where we had come from, the bay of Fornells miles below us.


On the 21st August the wind had died down and we decided to make our way back to Mahon.  We had an amazing sail of between 5.6 & 8.9 knots and anchored in Cala Taulera for the next three nights.  Paula and Nick on La Perla joined us on the second night .  This time , we spent the three days exploring the town of Mahon.  As the capital of Menorca, Mahon sits on a ridge above the deep inlet that forms the sheltered harbour. The British-style Georgian houses reflect the legacy of British occupation during the 18th century and the town is lined with pavement cafes and some beautiful shops and restaurants.  On either side of the harbour there are various marina berths and some expensive villas with waterside frontage and yachts to match.


After leaving Mahon on 24th August, we headed to Cala Coves, the most beautiful calla we had experienced so far. The Cala is surrounded by steep rocky cliffs that contain more than 100 burial caves cut into the rocks.  The caves date back to the pretalaiotic period and some are accessible on foot which means that tourists are drawn to the area. We moored ‘stern to’ against the rock face.

Late afternoon saw the tourists depart for their accommodation leaving us with the remaining 4 or 5 boats staying overnight.  We swam and snorkelled in the clear waters and were even serenaded by a violin and guitar on the adjoining yacht.


Next stop was Cala Trebalyer.  We had heard that you could kayak up a small land locked freshwater inlet from this Cala.  We anchored, launched the Kayak and made our way ashore.  With a small ‘lift’ across a sandbank, we began paddling up the small river.  We were the only people on the peaceful, narrow river and were lucky enough to see a number of freshwater turtles amongst the reeds and many different birIMG_4160IMG_4166

From Cala Trebalyer we headed to Ciutadella, a port city on the West coast of Menorca.  We anchored just outside of the harbour and took the dinghy in to the marina where we walked through the medieval streets and soaked up the atmosphere.  I have included a number of photographs which represent this city well.


From Ciutedella we sailed back to Fornellas for an overnight stop before heading back to mainland Spain.  Our Summer in the Balearics had been a wonderful experience, leaving us with new friends and many happy memories.

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Majorca 15/07/2018

We departed El Masnou for Majorca at 11.25am on 15th July.  The weather was clear and the first part of our journey was ‘slow going’ due to light winds.  Our engine was off & on and our average speed only around 4 knots!  Frustrating!!!   At 18.45 we heard a storm warning over the radio, due to hit Menorca the following morning,  hoping that it would not come near to Money Penny, we continued our journey overnight being joined by Dolphins on the bow on a number of occasions.  The wind picked up for the last couple of hours of our journey and we finally anchored in Cala Murta (a small Cala on the North East of Pollenca Bay) at 8am.  

IMG_3914on route to Majorca     

At around 11am both our telephones received messages from home asking if we were ok.  The British media were reporting a small Tsunami on Majorca - We had missed it!!  Alcudia, on the other side of the Bay of Pollenca had been hit by a large wave, all of the sea side restaurants had been flooded but the damage was minimal and by the time we visited a few days later there was little to show for it!


Over the next week we visited a number of beautiful towns & Calas along the North East, East and South of Majorca – Pollensa, Alcudia, Cala Matzoc, Port Collom, Porto Pedro, Cala Moltona.  On 24th July we checked in to Puerto de San Antonio de la Playa to await the arrival of Judith’s daughter Sophie, her husband Chris and grandchildren Phoebe & Eva.  106 Euros per night but convenient for the airport!

We left San Antonio on 25th July and after a swim in Cala Blanca we continued on to Puerto de Andraitx and picked up a mooring buoy for the first night and then a berth in IB Ports the following night.  We topped up with water and charged our batteries, with six of us now onboard we would need to be more frugal.


The girls snorkelled for sea glass to take home for Auntie Jo to make jewellery and on route to our next stop (San Elm)we tried, without luck, to catch our supper!  San Elm was a pretty little village but our dinghy had given up the ghost due to the heat and we needed to head somewhere where we could easily hire a car and go in search of a new one.

IMG_3967IMG_396220180801_211736Soller Anchorage

On 28th July we left San Elm and made our way to Soller.  After a couple of hours of motoring we made a ‘swim stop’ in Deia.  There were a number of boats anchored but we had failed to take note that there were not many swimmers.  Unfortunately Judith entered the water and Eva (5yrs) jumped into the water after her.  As she entered the water a jelly fish was caught between her and Judith and both were stung badly.  Judith managed to lift Eva back on to Money Penny and on hearing the commotion, a man off a nearby boat jumped into action and arrived alongside with medical kit in hand.  We later learned that the best thing we could have done was to remain in the water and scrape the sting off with a credit card….  Stay in with the jelly fish? No Way!!!  The affect of the sting was similar to a burn and was extremely painful for over a week. The scars still remain!


Soller was a first class anchorage and much fun was had by all our visitors!  We launched the kayak & the unicorn and spent time onboard and on the beach.  We met and made some great friends who were travelling on their own boats around the Med.  Onboard drinks with Gary & June Walden proved to us how small the world really is.  They are from Judith’s home city of Worcester and when asking June where she used to work, her response was ‘Pershore Leisure Centre’….. ‘my mother used to teach yoga there’ was Judith’s response…with that June just answered ‘Valerie?’…… Valerie was Judith’s mum.  Small World!  We also had a wonderful ‘shared’ meal onboard Ella, a beautiful 44ft Fountaine Pajot owned by Lin & Paul.  We provided the chilli, June & Gary, the bread and Lin & Paul the rice and venue!   The best evenings are always the impromptu ones.


The pretty village of Soller is slightly outside of the Port of Soller and a Victorian tram runs between the two. It is also possible to take a train to Palma. We chose to hire a car to explore the island also purchasing a new dinghy (nearly 50% more than the UK!) on route!


It was soon time for family to leave us and we moved back to Pollensa to await the weather window for our passage to Menorca.  We were in good company, sailing along side Paul & Lin onboard Ella who were heading for Alcudia.


On arrival in Pollensa Bay we anchored under Formentera Esta den Ros which is one of the film sets of The Night Manager.  On the second night we tucked ourselves closer into the bay awaiting a forecasted storm.  The storm arrived in full force and for most of the night the sky was as bright as daylight.  


Whilst in Pollensa we met up with Nick & Paula who where anchored in another area of Majorca and were exploring the Island in a hire car before making their way to Menorca.   On checking back on our photographs, we realised that it was exactly a year since meeting them in Loctudy, France.

IMG-20181228-WA000310 August 2018                                IMG-20181228-WA000610 August 2017

The following day, 11 August 2018, we left Pollensa at 9am on route to Menorca.

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