Our long passage to Menorca
We got up at 4 am, and we set sail in direction Spain 🇪🇸 Menorca Island. (207 nautical miles/37 hours)
Indeed we knew we would have encountered pretty windy conditions up to 29 knots of wind and high waves.
In order to catch the south easterly wind, we sailed first south west. The wind increased after we passed the wind shelter of Sardegna. Perfect time to go downwind with our parasail. Easy sailing but after some hours the wind blow over 25kn. To reef the 240sqm sail we had to get the sock cover over the sail. Andre pulled hard standing on the bow. We changed to jib only and continued our journey with over 8kn. In the evening hours it was perfect wind to set the furl storm sail in lighter conditions.
We are so tired …. Everything’s harder to do. It’s like your body is extremely drunk but your head is clear and sober – well until the sleep deprivation kicks in.
With a length of almost six kilometres, a width of 1,200 metres and a depth of up to 30 metres, the Port of Mahon (Minorca) is considered to be the largest natural harbour in the Mediterranean and the second deepest in the world.
Capital of the island since 1722, Mahon is home to some 30,000 inhabitants and it rises above a cliff of 30 metres. Its old quarter houses interesting buildings, markets, museums and fantastic viewpoints over the port that is the greatest attraction of the city. It is an entire world to discover.