5 things I learned cruising a sailboat as a beginner

Margriet KapteynLiving aboard10 Comments

steering a sailboat

Jon’s previous sailing experience: as a young boy he used to sail his dad’s mirror on the Keurbooms River in South Africa. After 15 days of sailing in recent years, mainly as part of the Competent Crew, Day Skipper and practice courses, he decided he was ready to deliver Goodvibes from Mallorca to Gibraltar (with the extremely valuable assistance of one Yachtmaster crew), … Read More

Back to base: Mallorca to Gibraltar

Margriet KapteynUnderway6 Comments

From the end of August onwards the weather in the Balearics gets more changeable: stronger winds and rain showers means you either have to spend more time in marina’s or constantly be aware of picking a suitable anchorage to be sheltered from the swell and wind. We already had decided to return to Gibraltar for the winter so we didn’t … Read More

Sandy beaches and rugged coastlines: south Mallorca

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Playa d’es Carbó Compared to the east of Mallorca, the south coast was much more impressive nature-wise. Our first stop was a large bay to the east of a little town called Colònia de Sant Jordi. There were several places to anchor, but you had to look out for shallow rocks. We found a lovely spot off Playa d’es Carbó, where … Read More

Babe, the backstay is gone!

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Sunday the 13th of August we left Porto Colom for the south of Mallorca. At first there wasn’t much wind so we engined. While I was inside working on my laptop, I suddenly heard some noise: Jon had caught a fish! Actually 2 at the same time, and shortly after another 3. Keeping the big ones and releasing the little … Read More

A tow on the East coast of Mallorca

Margriet KapteynUnderway6 Comments

The crossing from Formentera to Mallorca started off nicely: we had left our anchorage before lunchtime and as there wasn’t much wind we were just motorsailing. As most people leave from Ibiza, further north, to go across to Mallorca, there wasn’t a lot of traffic to keep an eye on either. At the beginning of the evening a bird joined … Read More

Beautiful but busy: Ibiza and Formentera

Margriet KapteynUnderway3 Comments

Waves higher than 2 meters are not fun. When you get them straight onto the bow, the boat surges upwards and comes down again with a loud bang – the hull slamming flat on the water. When you get them at an angle, the boat heels over one way and then – after the top of the wave – quickly … Read More

Whales and jellyfish: Cartagena and Mar Menor

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The night sail from Almerimar to Cartagena weather and sailingwise for the most part pretty uneventful: there were a few ships along the way that we had to keep an eye on but thanks to AIS you could see well in advance where they were and in which direction they are going. Just after sunrise, there was an incredible moment where … Read More

More boatjobs in Almerimar

Margriet KapteynBoatjobs7 Comments

After spending a week and half in Almerimar we were ready to move on. But Goodvibes was not, and she is the boss so we had to listen to her. The engine saga continues To begin with, there was still the engine issue: white smoke from the exhaust. Jon had chatted to an engine mechanic and he basically confirmed that … Read More

Almerimar boatyard

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Arriving in Almerimar was a big milestone as we had planned to use the marina haul out facilities in order to address some jobs below the waterline. We had no real idea of what it would be like ‘living on the hard’ and how much time the jobs were going to take. So we were quite pleased when we arrived … Read More