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4th June, 2015


There was still quite a north westerly swell running when we left Leixoes, but by dawn the next day the swell had come down and the wind was now following, making life far more comfortable for those folk who wished to complete their mile walking around the upper deck. So much so I felt that I might be run down during my ‘inspections’ by those who wished to achieve their quickest time. Later in the day though, after we had made the turn around Cape St. Vincent, the north westerly faded and was gradually replaced by a strong easterly coming out of the Straits. It is not uncommon to have a Levanter, a wind that is funnelled and accelerated as it is squeezed between the continents of Europe and Africa.

The wind, challenging for smaller vessels, actually slowed us down a knot or so, but we still made our ETA into the roads off Malaga. An amiable and very chatty local pilot embarked to assist with the docking operation.

I had much to do during our port stay and so was unable to take a walk ashore, but those who did said they’d had a fine time. A shuttle bus ran continuously from the very modern terminal into town and six different excursions were available. They included ‘Paella and Countryside’, ‘Mijas and wine’ (for those in need of some degree of sustenance no doubt), ‘Flamenco’ and an all day tour to Ronda. Mrs R managed to take the morning tour to Marbella and Puerto Banús which, on her return, reported as being quite fine, although some parts of the mega yacht area had been closed off due to some important Saudi Royal family member being in town.

The day had been hot, 27 degrees in the shade, so it was with some relief that the breeze returned after our late afternoon departure. The same pilot returned, and still had plenty to add.

Captain Philip Rentell

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