Costa Blanca, Spain

Charter Sailing Day on 28th March 2022

After having 11 crew signing up for the January Charter Day, the February event didn’t happen. It seemed that most people were out of the country, skiing, holidaying, or visiting family back home.
With prolonged grey skies, but at least no threat of rain, it was good to get back out on the water.

Originally, we had 6 crew signed up for this month, but unfortunately Vesna (wife of Paul Jovanovic) had to pull out at the last minute due to health reasons. The other crew members were Paul, Peter Bird, Gary Mudge, Leo Scholts and Karen Lelieveld.

 

 

 

All had some sailing experience, so it was very good to see everyone taking a turn on the helm. The star of the day was Karen, a natural!

 

 

 

 

We met at 10am as normal, for a coffee, introductions and a briefing, before boarding our yacht, Sol y Luna (Sun & Moon), a 6-year-old Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44.9. A gorgeous boat, which was as good as new. After the familiarisation of the boat and controls, we left the berth at 11am. The wind was NNE 10-11kts with a sea state of about 0.85m – exactly as the forecast had predicted the previous week.
We headed south towards Jávea, past the St Antonio Point and the lighthouse. With good sailing conditions, and a steady wind speed, the boat SOG (Speed Over Ground) maintained at 4.5 to 5kts. We lunched on the move.

 

 

 

 

With Captain Peter on the helm, on a much bigger boat than his normal ‘Dinghy Day’ rescue launch, we easily made Cap Prim, Portichol Island, Cala Barraca, and then turned around off Cala Grenadella. We decided to do a short tour of Jávea bay, before heading East, back out of the bay, to get a good line to beat back to Dénia.


San Antonio Point and the Montgó in the background, shrouded in mist and cloud….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived back in Dénia marina, as planned, spot on time at 16.30 hours. Then a wind down beer…
A great day had by all, and in good company.
The next planned Day Charter should be at the end of April. Look out for the email invitation.
Thanks to all who participated.

Graham Hustler

Day Charter Coordinator

 

 

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