Exploring the south can coast of Sardinia was magic. The crowds had left and we had a few nice anchorage’s all to ourselves.
The Weather in the Med had started to turn. This time of year Easterly winds between Sardinia and Mallorca become rare. We needed to get to Mallorca to prepare for our Atlantic crossing but for the foreseeable future only westerly winds were forecasted.
We decided to pick the best of the bad. Max headwinds of 15kts, but a bit of motoring. With two reefs in the mainsail we left our anchorage in La Cslleta and began to tack our way up the Sardinian coast.
Just before the most westerly point of Sandano storm clouds were brewing. Emilie and I were deciding to take shelter in the bay until the storm passed over head when we got a 25kt gust and the Yankee sheet snapped. Easy decision! Furl the Yankee, drop the main and missen sails and go to anchor for lunch and to make up some new jub sheets.
No sooner had we eaten, enjoyed a quick swim and set the new job sheets on the tanker but the storm passed over and we sailed on to Mallorca.
It was up wind or no wind for the entire passage. The day before our arrival, to our south we saw a number of mini Tornadoes. It was scary but magic to watch numerous water spouts forming. That evening came the thunder and lightening which remained until we arrived at anchor off the Palma cathedral at 0500.
Palma gave us the chance to have sails re enforced, new sails measured, installation of new SSB radio, and hopefully a new oven. Palma also gave us the opportunity to catch up with friends and family and as always we were made to feel at home.