025: Sailing from Tunisia to Sardinia and the Balearic Islands, to enjoy a Sunset in Ibiza

025: Sailing from Tunisia to Sardinia and the Balearic Islands, to enjoy a Sunset in Ibiza


We finally left Tunisia and Kelibia was
the last port of call. Kelibia is a fishing port and there’s a lot of flies
around so we’re really glad to get away from those flies but Kelibia itself was beautiful, the town was nice the coastline was beautiful so it was
kind of sad to leave it really. That is Cap Bon I think in the North of Tunisia. Farewell. Perfect wind today – we’ve got it from the South East. That’s what we’ve been waiting for. There’s a lot of ships around – but we are going through a shipping channel. We’ve been in North Africa – Tunisia, for over a month now but we got everything done we wanted to and a bit more. We got some cushions done, we got a solar arch done, we got the bottom Gelshield-ed and a lot more besides. The idea is to get past this shipping channel before nightfall because we’re not transmitting AIS. We still can’t trace the fault and there’s a lot of marine traffic between here and Sardinia. So we’re just keeping an eye on the AIS receiver and we’ve got about twenty boats out there we want to cross the shipping channel as quickly as possible before nightfall. So it’s about a 36 hour passage and I think we’re all looking forward to getting back to Europe. and a few less flies. They think it’s food so they land on there but then they find out it’s sticky so they can’t get off. Some one’s are alive because they just have their feet but most of them are dead. Look. Yeh and it looks yellow on my finger. So it’s six o’clock in the morning and we’ve just done a night watch from Tunisia to Sardinia. It’s been quite a quiet night the winds
been ok slightly in the wrong direction but we managed ok. Pretty much on
schedule I think. The kids have slept well Irenka’s due on watch any minute. We went quite north for now and we’re
heading west and we’ve got winds on our beam which is really nice have got good
point to sail are going over six knots now constant. We did actually see a few dolphins so we all rushed out but um they didn’t stay with us very long so
now we just kind of out a deck a bit we can sea land, that’s Sardinia and
we’ve had some scrambled egg and beans for lunch – YUM, yeah not long now probably about forty miles or so to go which is actually
still eight hours for us well maybe a bit less seven, six or seven hours. And we can just see the outline of it now. So we’re just coming into Sardinia and
realised that we didn’t have an Italian courtesy flag so we’ve had to make our
own flag from bits of other flags. So we’ve got Italian flag there and the Q flag there, and Sardinia is there so we better get it up now because we’ll be in, in about an hour and a half. Q flag, that means a quarantine flag so
that’s for saying you need customs clearance. Officially you’re not allowed to go ashore until you’ve been checked and you can take your flag down. Why are you spreading out the flag? So people know we’re British. The kids don’t always eat a lot on passage it depends on the sea conditions so when they don’t
they are always very hungry when we arrive in our port. Where are we? We’re in Sardinia, Sar-dinia. I get mixed up with dinner and Sardinia. With dinner and Sardinia? Yeah. Is that cos you want your dinner? Yeah. Did you have any dinner last night? No. Why? Becasue we were feeling sick and we just watched a film. Okay so we’re gonna have dinner in
Sardinia tonight. Yeah. I think they’re famous for their food cos it’s called sar-dinner-ya. Barbecue. Burgers and sausages. Loads and loads and loads and loads and loads of coleslaw. Secretly I might have a bit of chocolate Chocolate? Yeah. And strawberry ice-cream. So when we arrived at Cagliari we
anchored out as we often do but the anchorage was very swelly which is
probably why there was no other boats around so we went into the marina which
is quite unusual for us we try not to go in marinas. It was quite expensive for us
it’s 80 euros and there was nothing really special about the marina it was
kind of – facilities are quite basic but had to get inside because we
really need to check in after coming from Tunisia which is outside the EU. We
had to check-in – back into Europe. So checking into a country I’ve found
is always quite difficult because the places you have to go is often some sort
of back-of-beyond port somewhere and they never seem to have any signs on the
doors and no one ever seems to know where it is. Usual story – we’re trying to find the customs and the Port Police. It’s always a big trek and it’s always
hot and we never can find it. anyway.. It’s Saturday and they’re closed on
Saturdays – the port police and customs and they closed on Sundays but we’re not
allowed to leave until we’ve had our passport stamped because we’ve come from Tunisia. So we’ve been told we’ve gotta go to the
airport to check into the country so we can leave again tomorrow. Anyway it’s a day out isn’t it – on the train? A new experience. We went to tourist information cos they’re always good and they sent us to ‘tax free’ but the ‘tax free’ doesn’t want to help us because he says we’ve gotta go to the police – which makes more sense. because we haven’t got any gifts or anything
so we’re going upstairs to primero floor to find the police, let’s go! Okay so we went to the Polizia Di Stato
to get our passport stamps they said it’s not necessary because we’re Uk – EU. I’m doing this on camera so that if we meet another port and they say – why
didn’t we get our passports stamped?! I’m just proving that we went all the way
here and they didn’t want to stamp it. I didn’t really think it’s gonna happen
anyway but that’s what we were told. Anyway we’re going back now we’ve
had a good experience in the airport and now we carry on our sightseeing trip
of Sardinia. Spent probably about three hours not getting our passports stamped. So after our visit to the airport we
decided to wander around the town and have a little look and do some window shopping. I’ve just been shopping in, well not shopping but looking in Zara. The butcher’s also is quite difficult and
the stuff they sell is always a little bit surprising. I nearly bought a horse. The one over there. It looks the same. Luckily Woody understood the word for horse in Italian. I don’t know how he learned that but.. This is really beautiful and it’s quite
surprising to see other boats finally anchored out you know enjoying this
really nice bay. It looks like a bit of a kind of holiday resort as well because
loads of people on the beach and there’s hotels and it’s surrounded by these
mountains in the background. It’s really really pretty. The bay is called Pula Bay.
Now we’ve dropped the anchor down we put these snubber on. The hook – and we just
hook it on the anchor so it takes the pressure off the windlass and it takes the pressure off the bow roller. It would have been nice to stay in Sardinia a lot longer we only managed to
really skip along that the south coast. But because we stayed a bit longer in
Tunisia waiting for the right weather and getting a lot of work done we didn’t really have time to explore Sardinia and we really had to get to the
Balearics which is where we were meeting family and friends. Well we’ve got an unexpected lightning
storm passing to the west and I’m just a bit concerned that all of the boats have suddenly ran for the marina and we’re the only ones left anchored out. Dad can you put my phone in the microwave? It’s a storm and we have to wait for it to pass so we can go swimming again although lightning is gonna strike the water and we’ll die. Why do we need to put it in the microwaves again? A microwave in effect is a Faraday cage. Which means that no electromagnetic energy can get through it because its got tiny little holes which don’t allow the electric waves through. There’s some really exposed areas on the
south coast of Sardinia. We hopped along some anchorage’s – we found some really
nice places but um we also got caught out a few times. The holding isn’t brilliant either because they have a lot of the Posidonia – it’s really hard to find patches of sand in amongst all this kind of Posidonia grass that grows and we weren’t really used to that. That was a new thing
for us. On one morning we woke up and our anchor didn’t hold at all and we got dragged out – out to sea luckily. We had a bit of a blow offshore last night and the anchor has dragged so we’ve moved out to sea and we’re not
even sure where the anchor’s holding anymore so it’s a bit of an emergency
start this morning. So we’re gonna get the anchor up. Hopefully it hasn’t caught under a rock or anything. And we might as well get going really. There’s the beach that we were anchored
at. We managed to pick up a fishing net in the anchor when the anchor dragged last night. The thing is, it’s really hard to keep the bow of the boat in the wind in this weather. We’re free! That was the first thing that happens and then because we had to leave so quickly we didn’t have our dinghy
hoisted up and it wasn’t secured very well – actually it was our youngest that
notice our dinghy was kind of slowly disappearing into the distance. So we had to do a quick man overboard procedure and try and retrieve it and that wasn’t easy.
There’s a lot of lobster pots around there which the fishermen had just laid and
it’s quite a lot wind and quote lot of swell so it was really quite a tricky maneuver but
good practice. You have to be really careful of the
lobster pots because what we didn’t want to do was get a lobster pot
caught around our propeller as well as losing our dinghy and dragging anchors – it’s just too many things in one day. so after all that drama we eventually came around to a
nice sheltered bay which our friends recommended – our friends from Malta. So we caught up with them a bit – that was really nice. And it’s slightly more sheltered than where we were so we’re just going to anchor here and wait it out for a few days. And because it’s quite shelter we
could do a few bits and pieces on the boat. We had to mouse – re-mouse some
lines on our solar arch – replace the metal [wire] with some string that we’re eventually gonna put the wires through. You said we weren’t allows to climb up there. This is an adult area only. So I’m never allowed to go up there but you guys are? Adult lounge. We’ll put cushions up here and.. you can bring us coffee and tea and beers. Ha ha ha. But you said it wouldn’t e ale to hold our weight. It won’t, you’re too fat. So why’s it holding your weight? Because we’re nice and thin. I’m gonna go up there. And also we knew that we’re going on a big
passage in the next few days across the Balearics so we wanted to make sure we
could pole out our headsail. So we practiced putting up the pole and
attaching all the lines for that and just kind of familiarizing ourselves
really with the whole system and where it works on an Amel. We found out about
how to do that was to use this 18 year old brochure that came with the boat
and on there’s a picture of the pole all rigged and tied up so that’s what we used as our reference material. So the pole is supposed to be used with the spinnaker so you can have both the genoa and spinnaker out. You don’t drop the genoa when you have the spinnaker out. We’re not quite ready to do that yet but at least we can use the poll now to pole out just the headsail. Which will be good for going down wind. So there’s another ballooner as well which goes on the mizzen. So there’s loads of other options. We’ve got two more sails we haven’t even used yet. The blue one brings the pole forward – stops it going back. And we’ve put a lock down here – goes back to the cleat midships. the yellow one is the downhaul – attaches with a shackle there – comes down here to a cleat. The cleat’s on the midships on the toe rail. So the uphaul goes up through the little block to an other block in the mast and it comes down to a cleat. And the red one stops the pole from moving forwards. That is attached to a cleat, just down where the ladder attaches. That’s four lines keeping that in place. You can put your sheet outside everything and just put it through the end and hopefully that will enable us to poll out our genoa. We set sail to go around the headland and come to this bay where we knew some friends that we met in Malta were going to be. Although we might have to put the anchor down again and maybe try and find a better patch of sand for the night. Beautiful
beach, beautiful white sand, aquamarine water – it’s perfect and our boat’s anchored
out there. Woody’s on board cuz we’re not quite ready to leave the boat in these sort of winds. It’s sheltered here but it’s quite a strong mystral blowing through so that should ease off in a day or so and then we can start heading over to the Balearic Islands which is our next
big sail trip. Yes so finally the weather switched and we could see a kind of a
bit of a weather window for a few days. What have you got for breakfast today? Porridge. YUM Okay so we’re on passage from Sardinia
to em.. Where we going this time? Ibiza! Ibiza in the Balearic Islands. We’re
moving so much that I actually lost track of where we are and where we’re
going and what time is. And we have.. Oh, here we go
We’ve also got extra crew we’ve got company We’ve got my lovely friend Alex. I’ve
swapped my steering wheel at home of my car for this and it’s pretty nice. So I’ve been on deck most of the
afternoon doing different stretches haha trying to open up my lungs and feel good. I can’t tell you how nice it is to e here. So we’re stuck in the middle of the ocean right now. There is absolutely no one around It’s been quiet for maybe the last 12 hours I’ve just spotted a vessel over there and I think that’s a fishing vessel but that’s about it. It’s so peaceful looking at the water, gazing out. You can feel yourself just getting healthier and changing. It’s nice. What’ve you been doing all day? I’ve been editing blogs. Fun. Yeah, so I’m a bit kinda bleary eyed. We had a bit of winds on the first day and
then no wind on the second day and we’re back to kind of motoring again.
So this knitting I started in the winter and I’m still working on it. Well actually I haven’t really been working on it because I’ve been quite busy but my brother’s coming out
and it’s supposed to be like a tea cosy for him. So you never know maybe I’ll
have a tea cosy ready when he comes. What are you making for lunch Alex? Well it’s very exciting – we have red peppers and tomato, tuna, feta and boiled eggs like a salad nicoise but in bits so people can select what they want. So other than that you know wherever we
are in the world, whatever we’re doing schooling continues. The other thing that I guess a lot of families have to try and work out is kids keep themselves occupied on long passages because you know – how they deal with the
kind of boredom and that awful word you know? But yeah we found quite a few
different ways. So we’ve got GarageBand on the phones and the iPads and they
make music like that – they quite enjoy doing that. Let’s hear yours – I haven’t finished it bu this is the start. And this is mine. Okay. Do mine but I didn’t do all of it. This is my song. They also listen to audio books –
audiobooks are a really good thing – you don’t have to kind of have your eyes
open even you lie down listen to it. We have an app called audible and we’ve got various books that the children listen to like ‘fantastic beasts and how to find
them’ – ‘..where to find them.’ Once fully aware of the existence of the
Deracle – though they knew it by the name of Dodo – muggles believe they have hunted the species to extinction – a spate of kangaroo killings in the late 1970s were
attributed to a male Opaleye ousted from its homeland.. David Williams books – World’s Worst Children. Percy Jackson. What we listen to sometimes when we’re on watch is also audible books – we’ve been listening to all the Greek myths on it and it’s a really good way of keeping yourself entertained otherwise it’d be really boring. And when all that fails they make up their own games really. What’s going on? Ok drop whenever you’re ready. Now we’re in Spain – in Majorca actually – and it’s a really nice bay, it looks like it’s kind of a nature reserve. Well it smells like it, you can smell the wood and the trees. I think maybe later we’ll go ashore and explore for a bit – a little walk on land. Yeah. The first place we hit land was
Majorca – a lovely kind of bay in the southeast side of Majorca. It was
really beautiful I mean there was nothing there apart from nudist beach but um yeah it’s nice to get off the boat and get on
land and just make some sand castles Right so we’ve hit land in Majorca and
we’re gonna shoot straight across to Ibiza tomorrow cuz the winds right so
actually we’re going tonight because it’s the best wind tonight. Let’s have a little look around. Hi Woody! He’s playing with his buckets and spades he’s a very happy boy. Actually we didn’t even stay a night
because the wind was right to go south so we just stayed the day relaxed a bit
caught up a bit asleep and then carried on south to Ibiza. So we’re on the final stage of our
journey now to Ibiza – one last overnighter. I’ve got the 12-3 watch It’s quite quiet – it’s very dark the moon’s
just gone. Nothing on the radar, nothing on the AIS. So our journey that started out in Greece through Malta, Tunisia, Sardinia and a brief stop off in Majorca And our final stage to Ibiza where we’re going to hopefully stay for a few weeks catch up with family and friends and enjoy a it of the summer before moving on. Yeah here we are sailing the beautiful
island of Ibiza! Woody’s on a mission. So we’ve got a massive trolley of
shopping. We’ve got to get it to the boat – the dinghy – and the boat because
we’re going to be going around the island and there’s no shops around the
islands because it’s quite remote-ish so we’ve stopped up. How heavy is that? Very heavy! Been to Lidl – Yeah! We’ve been shopping and it’s hard work. I got ten chocolate bars. We have stocked up on the vital things like fruit apples, bananas, eggs, spinach, tomatoes,
peppers, snacks, peanuts, Wraps. Tonight we’re having Mexican with Doritos spicy – actually they’re cheese. We’ve been traveling for quite a few days so we haven’t really had many
treats and stuff. I’m making chocolate brownies because Uncle John’s coming
over tomorrow. More chocolate to go in yet The Bay of San Antonio in Ibiza is
famous for its sunsets everyone goes to café Mambo in all those
places and yeah just watches it with a Sundowner. Doesn’t matter where you
are, what you’ve got, how much you’ve got, cafe, superyacht, our yacht, any yacht
really it’s the same beautiful sunset. Thanks to our patrons for
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