New CBYA members, Albert and Jutta Whitley, took their Hallberg Rassy 37, S/Y Stormy Waters, on a late summer trip to the Balearics and were accompanied for the first leg of the trip by Chris and Tammy de Boer. Click HERE for details of the planned itinerary.

Conditions were ideal – no crowds meant having our favourite anchorages in the islands to ourselves, and being most welcome in popular marinas, which in other years have turned visitors away.

Anchorage in St Elm, Southern Mallorca.

The weather conditions were good – often a gentle breeze and sometimes, particularly towards the end, some exciting sailing which brought the strong Scandinavian yacht into her own.

We anchored in the shelter of Formentera and were visited by the dolphins, stayed in 2 idyllic anchorages off Ibiza in solitude.

Photo above of anchorage in Sa Hort, with the dramatic Sa Vedra rock behind Stormy Waters.

Rounding Cap Punta de la Figuera – entrance into Palma Bay.

Approaching the wild Mallorcan barranco of Sa Tuent on the north western side of Mallorca.

2 days in the Real Club Nautico in Palma and a lovely sail along the wild north/west coast of Mallorca.

For our return we enjoyed strong winds which went up to Force 7 on the last day when we crossed from Ibiza to Moraira.

A more extensive trip is on the books for the coming year to take in part of the Italian Islands and Malta. There will again be a place for a nautically minded person to join us.

Albert has 40 years of sailing experience and has Offshore and RYA Instructor qualifications.

Jutta Whitley

October 2020