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  • Day298


    May 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We only have one opportunity to experience Ibiza’s famous nightclubbing culture so we go for it.
    It’s our last night in the town and Ruby and Colm are having a sleep over in Nana and Grandad’s apartment.
    By pure chance we have the closest berth out of all four marinas, to the oldest and most celebrated club on the Island, Pacha.
    Today, Thursday is the first day this week that it’s opened - it feel like fate and we must go.
    The 12am to 6am opening hours are a little intimidating but we remember that we can leave whenever we want.
    There are queues when we get there and it’s packed when we get inside. People are mainly in their early 20s with a few old timers like us.
    The music is pumping and we have great time dancing and people- watching.
    Like the sensible people we are we head home at a reasonable hour conscious that we are back out on the water in the morning.
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  • Day283

    Horsed into Ibiza Town

    April 20 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Hard to know what else to call this day, what started out as a short 5nm motor to Ibiza Town turned into a crazy mornings weather.
    We knew the wind was forecast to be circa 15kts SW, gusting 20 or so...hugging the coastline we are just over a mile from the harbour entrance as the wind keeps picking up.
    20 kts... 25 kts... 30 kts.. 35.....
    White horses coming at us, our speed is dropping and the wind increasing, 1 mile now to the harbor mouth.
    Increase the revs, again, but speed still dropping, lee shore is only 500m away.
    50 kts gust comes through, her bow won't stay straight, feels like she's being smacked to port and starboard, it's half a mile to the entrance and then we can turn away from the weather.
    An alarm starts sounding, we can't figure out what it is, might be a DSC alarm from a nearby yacht, lots of traffic on the VHF.
    Turn off the VHF but still the alarm continues.
    Could be an engine overheating alarm, throttle back but alarm continues.. Can't slow down or could end up thrown onto the breakwater.
    Around us high speed ferries passing all the time. Meanwhile the alarm continues, Margaret goes on the helm while I try and hunt it down.
    No smoke from the engine room so that seems alright, but every time I look at the engine alarm panel the sound is louder..
    We clear the breakwater and turn into the harbour, now we can throttle back, still the alarm continues... Its loudest back where Margaret is at the helm, adjacent to the engine control panel. Suddenly we discover its AIS proximity alarms on Margarets and Ruby's phones time to think about that, have to concentrate on finding our way into the marina, wind is 25kts plus and gusting, ferries passing each side of us.
    Directed to a berth but after two abortive passes decide we should try another option.
    Turn away to get into an upwind berth, start our approach and discover bow thruster has stopped working, maybe circuit breaker has tripped after the previous berthing efforts.
    Too late to turn back, committed now, have to go for it.
    Marinerios on the dock and in a rib are a welcome hand, plus the concerned neighbours we are trying to come in next to - Patpicha a boat who also wintered in Cartagena.
    Just as we get the dock lines on we see another Cartagena boat 'Kaoz' approaching the marina. They too encountered the 50 kt gusts and have a blown out headsail, plus the skippers wife has sustained a hand injury while trying to control the run away sail. On the radio they are requesting assistance, so the marinerios leave us and head over to them in their RIB.
    Makes us glad to be in and safe.
    We do a little tidy up and sit down for a snack and a drink, relief is certainly the sweetest emotion!
    The ibiza night clubs will have to wait... 24 hours anyway.. 😁
    The next morning we take a walk down to nearby Talamanca beach, just next to the port entrance. There we see the sad sight of two yachts which have been blown up onto the beach. Judging by their otherwise fresh appearance, it's probably fair to say the same storm accounted for them too..
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    Pat Fleming

    Wow! Scary.

    Barry McCarthy

    Well put together guys. Like we were with you! but glad I wasn't 😊 . Enjoy Port for a while.

    Bernard Lynch

    Hi Ronan and Margaret and gang. Great to follow you back at sea and the next part of your adventure 😀 Best wishes. Bernard

    Ronan O'Driscoll

    thanks folks, hoping we don't get too many more days like that!

  • Day296

    Los Abuelos in Ibiza town

    May 3 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    3/5/2022 Tuesday

    Today at one o’clock Ronan and I [Colm] went to the airport to collect Margaret and Donal.
    We had a piece of cake at a cafe while we waited for them.

    Near the hour of two they came out of the terminal.
    After many hugs and kisses we got a taxi back to the port. I was really happy to see them, it had been five months since we last met in Cartagena.

    After a cuppa tea on board we walked into Ibiza town.

    After a nice walk and drink all of us went to a lovely restaurant that was recommended by the guide book.

    Initially we were dissatisfied by the restaurant.The seats were cramped and the music was loud ,but the staff were delicious and the food was very nice. I had shepherds pie.

    We had a nice walk back to the port from town then the Régal crew went back to their sleeping quarters while Nana and Grandad went to their beachside Hotel.

    4/5/2022 Wednesday

    Today was very rainy. At ten in the morning Nana and Grandad come to our humble abode in the port. We played cards and ukulele until two in the afternoon (5mins of pukulele and 3.55 hours of cards)

    We and the visitors checked into their new apartment.

    Around four we all went on a big walk to Ibiza Cathedral way up on the hill. There were lots of really cool tunnels and the cathedral was spectacular. Although we could not go in to see the interior of the mind blowing building.

    After a walk on the beach we had dinner(apples and oranges by my dearest mother)with Nana and Grandad in their new apartment.

                   5/5/2022 Thursday
    This morning Nana and Grandad helped us with our boat jobs .Ruby and I went to Nana and Grandads apartment with our swimming gear,With a blissful swim in Nana in the pristine pool in mind.
    When we got to the pool clad in our swimming togs ,goggles and hats the Grumpy Caretaker said we could not go swimming because it was closed even though it looked perfect to us.

    Nana ,Mom and I went into town to go to a few shops. One of the shops we went to was a Pacha nightclub store where I bought a notebook and Mom got a t-shirt.

    After that we met the others for a drink. Then we went to a Tapas restaurant for dinner. The waiters came around to the tables with plates of hot pinchos to choose from and we also ordered a few thing’s from the menu.

    Ruby and I were staying for the night in Magaret and Donald’s apartment.
    Ronan and Margaret went back to Régal.
    We played cards and then we went to bed at 22:45.

    This blog was written by Colm :^)
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  • Day285

    Ibiza town

    April 22 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    It’s very exciting being at Ibiza marina with Regal tied up opposite ‘Below Decks’ style superyachts. The commercial units next to the marina office are full of Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer and Bvlgari. We are in the ‘steerage’ part of the marina - Pontoon ‘L’ beyond the boat storage unit, a 15 minute walk to the office. They keep the likes of us, who hang their laundry above deck and go shopping with granny trolleys, well hidden. Ronan enquires from the marina office about laundry facilities and they direct him to the concierge service. 6 euros to launder a t-shirt they tell him - We don’t even try to calculate how much 2 black bags full would cost.
    There are plenty of ordinary people in Ibiza too as well as a nice sprinkling of the quirky and crusty. So we don’t feel out of place here and and it’s enjoyable to watch the ‘beautiful’ people in their lovely clothes, cars and boats.

    The island is just waking up after winter - the nightclubs don’t open for another week. It will be interesting to see if the dynamic changes once it is open season.

    The town is very pretty, its skyline dominated by the old walls surrounding the upper town with its cathedral perched on top. We go through the gates and walk up into the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy tapas for dinner. Prices are expensive, a soft drink is 3.50 and a homemade lemonade is six euro - of course Ruby and Colm opted for the homemade lemonade!
    The lower part of town at the waterfront is also lovely to walk around with pretty squares, funky shops and cafes as well as high street brands we are delighted to peruse.
    In all honesty we spend very little time touristing over the 4 days we are here. Regal needs attention for a myriad of reasons - the regular chores needing our time; shopping, laundry and little repairs but what dominates these days is minding our dotey boaty in this weather. The wind is strong and changeable and our lines ashore need to be changed around a few times. We are stern-to with one mooring line at the bow. One day she being blown onto the marina and we have to pull her out to prevent her bashing into it. The next day the wind is blowing her off so much that its nearly impossible to reach the pontoon safely. The homemade passerelle we had constructed in Cartagena is not up for the task. We go straight to the nearby industrial estate and walk back carrying a new 2 meter ladder - this is not the image I had in mind when I dreamed of sailing in Ibiza.
    We copy a design for gang planks we had seen on other boats; plastic decking screwed into the ladder and then a rope with a snatch block to raise and lower it. It proves very effective and we can now get on and off the boat again.
    The wind is very strong for these few days and the boat rocks and pulls constantly no matter how many lines and snubbers we have ashore. The pontoon we are on is very exposed to the swell, the wash from the ferries and the wind. We have disturbed sleep every night and on the worst night of wind everyone on the pontoon is up at 4am. We are sleep deprived and in this sense at least we are having the real Ibiza experience.
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  • Day11

    Mit dem Bike: Fahrradtour auf Ibiza

    September 8, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Mit dem Rad machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Platja d'en Bossa, für einen kurzen Badestopp.

    Anschließend ging es weiter, zu einem Fotostop an der Església de Sant Domènec, von der man einen wundervollen Ausblick auf Ibiza-Stadt und den Hafen hat.Read more

  • Day11

    Erstmal entspannen vor dem Landgang

    September 8, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Bevor es später am Nachmittag zum Landausflug geht, genießen wir das reichhaltige Frühstück mit Ausblick auf Ibiza, und unseren letzten Tag auf dem Pooldeck. 🌞🍻🛳

    Direkt über uns überfliegen Airliner das Schiff, im Anflug auf Ibiza.Read more

  • Day11

    Sail away: Ibiza 🛳

    September 8, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ein letztes Mal heißt es nun für uns auf der AIDAstella: Leinen los. Ziel ist unser Heimathafen auf Mallorca. 🛳

    Dann ist auch schon das Ziel unserer Reise am Mittelmeer zu Ende. 😔

    Standesgemäß gibt es am letzten Abend der Reise die berühmte AIDA-Torte! 🤩
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  • Day4

    IBZ a BCN

    September 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Último día en Ibiza. Antes de marcharnos de la isla, subimos al castillo Dalt Vila. Algo así como un viaje al medioevo con angostas calles de piedra, grandes muros y una vista privilegiada del mar a un lado, y la ciudad del otro.

    Volver al aeropuerto fue fácil, bajando del castillo hacia el puerto marítimo sale un bus (L10) que llega directamente.

    Ahora falta pasar los controles de rutina y subir al avión de regreso a Barcelona. Para continuar desde ahí nuestro recorrido europeo.
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  • Day51


    October 23, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We left Italy behind for a quick pit stop in Ibiza, Spain. A flight to Ibiza was the cheapest way to get to Spain so we decided to check it out.

    After a 5 hour delay in Pisa we finally made it to Ibiza and although we pretty much lost one evening there we made the most of our next day. We stayed at an all inclusive resort that we found a great last minute deal for and took it a little easy by enjoying some sun by the pool. It ended up working out perfectly for us and although we didn't end up seeing any of what Ibiza had to offer it seemed like a nice island.Read more

    Daksha Patel

    You guys looks very good .


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