Please remember friends, that you are more than welcome to join
us for a part of the voyage, just call and we will see what can be arranged - rates are reasonable!
Our first trip was to take her to Barcelone to meet the owner for the
official sale on June 10. The 'mistral' had finally died out and the forecast was
good. We started the engine, John called Jurgen just to make sure all was done
properly, he needed to build up confidence. We left at 9.45 all went quite
smoothly, although John was concerned - but no wind help. We cleared the golfe
de Fos without any problem, the sea is flat calm, a miroir we could not have
wished for a better day to start our first voyage on the boat, we saw some boats,
some baleines (whales).
The night was not too bad, we shared the driving, John slept a bit and I
slept a bit; we encountered some thunder storms, we could see them coming up from the south on
the radar, so we dodged between them and avoided the rainand the lightning, the sea was very
uncomfortable with a big swell right on the beam, with no wind, so the boat was rolling a lot and few things
went flying. The autopilot had problem coping with it. We crossed a few big ships,
the haIf moon was with us for a while which made the night bright. We finally
reached Barcelone around 10am, and called Port Vell and went in, anxious, John's first
parking, it actually went quite well and smooth and some lessons were learnt by both of us.By
11h we were parked. After sorting the marina registration we went to sleep.
Port Vell is a very nice harbour located in the heart of Barcelone, a very interesting a
cosmopolite town, but unfortunately we did not have much time to visit. My
sister came to see us which allowed me to see some of the Alambra, beautiful
avenues and great for shopping. A great market for food, fresh fish, seafood,
fruits and veg, a dream, nice atmosphere. The boat moored next to us was
American and the owner had met Jurgen in the Maldives. We spend more time than
planned in Barcelona and John installed the new B&G electronics and autopilot,
which involved taking the mast down, it went better than expected. I had to go
for a dental appointment in home, and Ed happened to come for business in
Barcelona with his wife Sue and young Taylor, so it was nice to see Sue again.