Well the freezer works so well and it's partially full at least we have lots of ice to chill those rum punches waiting for us.
At the exit of Cartagena is a wall with painting which look quite interesting
Not much further out of the bay we came across the replica ship that was used for the festival, it seemed very odd really going so fast without the sails raised, I guessed there would have to have been hundreds rowing at full pelt but Don insisted they had an engine, lol
Sorry to say we couldn't manage raise the sails until quite late in fact it was 3.35 by the time we did but it wasn't much only 7 or 8 knots, oh well this is the med.
We did see dolphins and pilot wales but none of which wanted to play they must have been on a mission to do something else.
So far we haven't seen many other yachts but we did see one which we rather fancied but it wouldn't be good as we would need crew to help us.
What did happen was we were surrounded by what looked like a garden centre had blown into the sea, such a mess, bamboo poles, irrigation pipes and huge plastic pipes. We saw a 45 gallon oil drum, a chair and some sort of wooden cradle, this was very stressful when we managed to snag what looked like half a palm tree on our rudder.
it doesn't look too big here most of it was under the stern
|This picture was taken from a distance after it was released|
|If we had hit this while we were motoring in the dark we dread to think what might have happened.|
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The following morning we took advantage of the sea being very calm and fitted some of the new rigging which involved both of us going up the mast which was a first for me. Great view up there but I forgot the camera, next time ok!
When we set out again we still had quite a lot of rubbish to contend with but we managed to sail through the night and onto Benalmadena. We stayed just the afternoon and night.View Larger Map
After leaving we were lucky to have a little wind and used the new cruising chute great fun, so little wind though we could have managed more.
|Our old Spanish courtesy flag, we do have a new one for later.|
|Me all wrapped up, it does get quite chilly at night, I had 5 layers on plus the lifejacket|
We sailed into the night and dropped the anchor just outside La Duqesa but had a very rocky night, its only then you realize what is not packed or stashed properly, bottles, and cups clinking, talk about things that go bump in the night!
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The next blog to come Entering Gibraltar.