Off to Ibiza!

After my brother Tom had headed back home, I was now alone on board again. I didn’t stick around in Alicante for long, since I was looking forward to the Balearic Islands, where I finally hoped to find some sheltered coves for anchoring.

Let’s go! From now on, I am a solo sailor again…

Unfortunately the wind – typical for the summer in the Mediterranean – was very weak and unstable. At least I was able to do a bit of sailing on the way to my next stopover in Calpe. There I stayed at anchor for two nights and climbed the impressive rock that towers over the bay.

Unfortunately no wind. But it’s also quite nice to hang out on the foredeck while the tiller pilot does its job.
The massive rock of Calpe just calls for being climbed
That’s the view from the top. ahora is nothing more than a little dot on the water…

After I had finished my climbing tour I finally headed off to Ibiza the next day! I raised the anchor before sunrise for the 60 nautical miles crossing. This time I was lucky and was able to sail a good part of the way before the wind died down for the last few miles. Nevertheless, I arrived just in time for sunset – now under engine – in a bay near Sant Antoni.

Departure at dawn.
Underway I had a close call with this car freighter. He did not react to any of my radio calls. Luckily it ended well…
Perfect timing. Like this I could enter the anchorage on Ibiza while there was still daylight.

Here in Ibiza the water was indeed even clearer than on the coast on the mainland and so I enjoyed the beautiful weather and swimming around the boat.

I stayed in the area around Sant Antoni for a few days, but the place couldn’t really convince me. In normal times, this is a stronghold of the party scene, but the place looked strangely deserted due to the Corona pandemic. And so I soon set out to explore the north side of the island.

In Sant-Antoni I met Andi, who lives on his extremely cool, home-build Wharram cat.
He took some nice pictures of me as well..

In the north I found some really wonderful anchorages. It was quite busy, but luckily I always found a little spot where I could drop my anchor. A neighbor in the anchorage told me that the bays would be extremely empty this summer due to Corona. So apparently I did everything right, choosing this year for my trip into the Mediterranean. However, my definition of “empty” is still a bit different. I have no idea what it would look like here in normal summers …

Such a dream of an anchorage is also rare on Ibiza. I had it all to myself, but I didn’t really trust the rocky holding found, so it was only a short stopover for the afternoon.
But also in other bays the water is simply fantastic. On the left you can see the shadow of ahora and the dinghy in 7 meters water depth.
Unfortunately you have to share the bays with such neighbors every now and then. Apart from the loud music in the evening, the generator ran all night and through my windows my cabin roof was illuminated beautifully blue. It’s crazy how far apart the definitions of a quiet night at anchor go …

Unfortunately, as is typical for the Mediterranean, the winds were quite inconsistent. But since I didn’t have any time pressure, I waited for the right wind for longer stretches and tried to only use the engine to move to neighboring bays when there was no wind at all.

Every now and then there were perfect conditions for sailing. I used them whenever possible for bigger shots between the anchorages!

However, the Mediterranean should not be underestimated either, and I had to weather a storm with gusts of up to force 9.

9 Beaufort in gusts, measured on deck, feels pretty heavy …

Fortunately, my slightly oversized CQR anchor held up well. In contrast to my French neighbor, who drifted further and further towards the rocks. I finally drove the dinghy over in the storm and helped him to reset his anchor. I got pretty wet, so there are no photos. But it’s good to know that the dinghy with the small outboard holds up well even in such conditions.

Shortly before the rescue operation…

Overall, I liked Ibiza a lot, but after visiting Ibiza Town for a few days and working a little in a café there, I moved on to Mallorca.

But before that I anchored for one night in another tiny bay that I had all to myself. A large part of the ground was covered with seaweed, which I did not want to destroy with my anchor under any circumstances. But in the middle there was a small sandy patch, so that I could use my newly acquired snorkeling equipment for a precision anchor maneuver.

Anchoring as a form of manual labor… 🙂
This bay should not have been any shallower. But it was a pretty cool feeling to dive through between the boat and the meadow of seaweed.
I had the bay all to myself. I also attached a stern line to a buoy to prevent the boat from swaying around the anchor. This way, the seaweed was not flattened by the chain and, as a positive side effect, the swell came from the bow and the boat lay much calmer for the night.

The wind forecast was good, so I raised anchor at the beginning of September to sail further east. Mallorca, here I come! The south of Ibiza and Formentera will have to wait for my next visit…

All is well


Leave a Comment:

ridetheducks says 1. January 2021

I haven’t had a trip in a long time. Reading your article makes me crave a long sea trip. The seas you go through have so many beautiful sceneries. I love the way you handle sea weather situations. Congratulations on your wonderful journey.

    Jan says 2. January 2021

    Thank’s a lot! Fingers crossed that you can get out on the water soon again as well…

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