Hugh, Anne and Hector's Sailing Adventures
This is el Capitano for the last time this season. 10th October Well here we are with a winter berth in Andraitx in the south west of Mallorca.. "People" say we are lucky to get a berth but all we did was ask nicely in August and here we are in October. (Remember children, always ask nicely). Andraitx is a stunning place with mountains to the east and hills with houses clinging to them all round the harbour. The great thing is that we are only paying a million euros for the berth whereas in Palma it would cost several million euros. Since I was last in touch we have gone across to Minorca but didn't get cruising because the weather was thunder, lightning, cats and dogs! There was also heavy rain. We met up with a nice couple Jeff and Janine who know all there is to know around here. Unfortunately they don't know how to have a cheap lunch but we enjoyed it anyway. For the last week we have been moored in Andraitx doing vital maintenance and preparing to leave the boat for the winter. Today was pretty exciting as I fitted an automatic bilge pump switch. Who knows what tomorrow may bring . The weather is now more unsettled but yesterday we went to a nearby beach at San Telmo (or Sant Elmo for the Catalans) and went swimming at 23C. I think will come back regularly to do more "essential maintenance" since I can do the trip from Newcastle for £45 round trip. Our friends Carol and Malcolm arrive on Saturday for a week. They think they are on holiday but I have a fascinating programme of "essential maintenance "lined up for them ( I hope that they don't read this before they leave). Ok you cat lovers, Hector is cool. Anne got his new "flight approved " cat box for the trip home and that is now his preferred berth. He has settled into marina life and has regular deck patrols to check if a Sunseeker has berthed next to us. I think that we have finally settled into cruising mode and enjoying a low tempo life which is not the same as a low temperature life!. The daily temperature is around 27C so that it is going to be shock at the end of the month when we come back to 12C or less. We are now looking forward to meeting up with our various cronies , relatives and friends when we get back so until then, ADIOS.