Mediterranean 2020

An online log of Atlantis' travels and adventures within the Mediterranean in 2020.

Into the Balearics

Posted by admin on August 1, 2020

We managed ourselves to get to Cala d’Hort in Ibiza with the only power of the sails. We could release the anchor and now we were safe. Time for an engine inspection. Andy realised it was due a contamination of the diesel. Perhaps the reason was not being able to start the engine during the lockdown months. With some spare diesel we could confirm that it was a problem of the fuel. The next step was finding a mechanic in Ibiza and somewhere to leave the boat for a couple of days. However this didn’t impede enjoying one of the most beautiful bays of Ibiza, with and incredible views of the sunset and Es Vedrà.

After getting some more fuel in , Andy could restart the engine, at least for a short period of time. With that we found ourselves on to the way of Sant Antoni de Portmany, one of the main three villages of the Island, and where a mechanic assist us to pump out the diesel (even though Andy make almost all of the hard work).

With the engine issue solved, we find ourselves with a week of time to discover Ibiza before heading to Palma de Mallorca, where we’ll meet Fiona the beginning of August. 

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Heading east from Gibraltar again

Posted by admin on August 1, 2020

By Sergi:

It was the first time for me in Gibraltar and despite the challenges of Covid, it was nice visiting the historical monuments without other tourists around. Saint Michael’s cavern was quite spectacular and I’ll be looking forward on visiting the WWII tunnels in a future visit. The city hasn’t received any tourists for the past 4 months, in fact it was the first working day of our taxi driver since March. While waiting for the winds to change we enjoyed the company of David K and a very nice meal on board his beauty "Back Soon".

We left the southern waters of Spain the 17th of July, stopping for a night in Playa de Maro, near Nerja, and then continued our way further west, crossing El Cabo de Gata the following night. The wind wouldn’t turn to help us until we were 4 hours away from Ibiza. Then we could sail properly, and what a fantastic 4 and a half hours we had. We made our way to one of the south west anchorages in the Island, a really nice place called Cala d’Hort with awesome views of Es Vedrà and an outstanding sunset views. Nevertheless, not everything was going so well, on our arrival we started the engine to make our way the final few hundred yards to the anchorage when it died and would not restart. Even though the surroundings were idyllic, the following days were perhaps not going to be quite so perfect.

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Strange Times!

Posted by admin on July 13, 2020

By Sergi:

The effect and consequences of COVID 19 are still very recent. 

The atmosphere in Cartagena is not what it used to be. You can see that something strange has been happening. The main touristic spots are not crowded and some of the local restaurants are closed or nearly empty.

We established our headquarters in a little place called “La Fortaleza”; a little bar/restaurant which supplied us with daily home-made croquetas (I would strongly recommend the “mushrooms croqueta” to be accompanied with a fillet of sardine).

Our first getaway was to a nice place at 8 miles from the port called “Cala Cerrada” [coordinates] there are three buoys to secure to and the bay is also frequented by kayaks.

But our main concern these last few days has been getting Atlantis ready for departure. We’ve been lucky enough to cross our paths with fellow marina residents Kevin and Mark who gave us a hand in getting her in shape. We really appreciate their valuable help on getting everything sorted on board. We have replaced one of the hatches and made several aesthetic improvements.

I’m writing these lines on my first night watch on our way to Gibraltar. We are going there to meet a friend of Andy’s, waiting for the wind to turn east and finally head to the Balearics. Three dolphins joined our way and left after passing El Cabo de Gata, in Almería. Andy pointed out the amazing effect produced by these creatures when swimming  along the boat - it’s called phosphorescence .  It is also unfamiliar to be at sea in these surroundings but I think it was magic. The sky looks clear and the Mediterranean is calm. It feels like the perfect beginning for an exciting adventure.

 11th July 2020 

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Cartagena

Posted by admin on July 13, 2020

Such a lot has happened since our last Blog entry that it seems pointless to try to describe it all.  Suffice it to say that we moved Atlantis to the delightful city of Cartagena in Murcia, stayed for the winter, visited her several times and then COVID 19 struck!  This blog picks up from 5 July 2020; the date when easing of COVID 19 restrictions and re-opening of flights from UK to Alicante permitted a return to the boat and the embarkation of a new member of the Atlantis team - Sergi Rondan - who has kindly volunteered to help out on board.

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