We could get used to thisMay 9 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C
After two nights at anchor in Jondal we travel up the west coast of Ibiza.
It is a sunny day with light wind on the beam and after passing through the scenic channel between El Vedra Island and Ibiza we turn off the engine. With full sails up we travel at the very gentle pace of 3 knots - which is about 6kms an hour. We don’t have any great distance to cover today so we are relaxed about our slow progress and just enjoy the scenery and the silence. We pass through more beautiful islands near the bay resort of San Antonio and we begin towing a fishing line.
Over the next hour the wind gradually increases and when we reach the northern coast of Ibiza our speed is 6 to 7 knots with the wind at our stern. We are having a great sail. We bring the headsail over to the opposite side of the mainsail so that we are goose-winging. Regal is in her element, her sails are balanced and we hardly have to touch the helm.
After a perfect day’s sailing we arrive into the very pretty port of Sant Miquel. We circle around our nudie boat-neighbour and drop anchor into crystal clear water. We can see the anchor on the sand below us and our favourite fishies, the Saddled sea bream, come straight over to welcome us.
Liam and Mags Drennan spent two happy weeks here a few years ago and it is easy to see why.
We explore the bay by swimming and Stand Up Paddle boarding. We don’t bother to lift the dingy and outboard engine into the water so Ronan brings the shopping home on the paddle board
We have so much fun jumping from the boat into the crowd of sea bream in the water below. They are quite tame and hang around when we are in the water. We stare at them through our masks and goggles and they stare right back. They are very impressed when Colm nails a standing dive.
After two nights we travel to a Portinatx ,further east along the northern coast. Again the water is crystal clear and we have a wonderful snorkel around the rocky coast and into the beach. We explore a bit of the area above water still wearing our togs and carrying our snorkels. Later we dingy back into the beach dressed for dinner. We walk along the water-side boardwalk through a beautiful little pine-shaded beach and continue up the hill for a lovely meal in a local restaurant.
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