The first nightmare of a boat at anchor hitting us!

Another two boats hitting each other at 5am in the morning
Another two boats hitting each other at 5am in the morning

That night we went to bed at 9.30 pm (the sun was still setting). We want to leave really early the next morning for the next anchorage. Just as well we did not have a big night out … at 2am Johann woke up from a bang against the boat … that was the quickest he go back into clothes and out in a flash! He called me to come up – and I was just thinking to myself: I hope he has a damn good reason for calling me! These calls often end in a “ oh, don’t worry … I could do it” . Well…getting outside I found Johann hanging onto the neighbouring boat at the back, trying to push us away from her. The banging sound thankfully was just her anchor chain scraping against the rudder (it always sounds terrible down below!) Our anchor started dragging – the bottom has very thick grass which prevents the anchor from digging in! Well someone has to go and lift the anchor and start the boat and I was left at the back to fend off the other yacht (who has no one on board!) – so I was running up and down and with sleepy arms and hands, it just was not the ideal job for me! Thankfully a few of the other yachts by now have heard the kerfuffle and two dinghies came to my rescue and wedged them in between the two boats. We tried for a solid hour (3 times we dropped anchor and lift it again) to find a new spot for the anchor to hold.

The captain is still not 100% happy and feels that we need to start with 2 hour anchor watches! Damn! So it started … and needless to say – we could not wait for daylight to get out of there … tired we went on to the next bay…found it way to breezy to be comfortable and the Captain there and then decided we will head off to Isla Formentera … a beautiful (almost only sand) island with the most amazing beaches and blue turquois water and no buildings on that stretch where we were! There were any size yacht around us and we were just too happy to take in the view of happy people on the beach and kite surfers flying like butterflies all around us. It is a perfect lunch spot with a traditional siesta afterwards!… Cool breeze and a lovely quiet area … it was fabulous! As soon as we were ready for lunch a massive super yacht dropped anchor just beside us – they must have been Arabs – judging by the music that was suddenly barking / howling across the water. We that just killed the silence . All we could do is to get the iPod out and play some of our own and stay inside!
Kite-surfers, beaches and clear blue water at Isla Formentera
Kite-surfers, beaches and clear blue water at Isla Formentera

Such a great spot for fun, but our energy was tapped and we needed some sleep. That was the best 4 hour sleep I had in ages!
The wind came up at around 4pm and the beach is too unprotected for an overnight anchorage – so we head back to Ibiza island – not sure where to go next for protection against the wind and swells. And I was just too happy to move on to a place where we can watch the soccer finals (Euro Cup 2012)! The Captain then thought we might as well go for gold and see how close we can get to Ibiza (City). That is how we found Cala Telamanca.
Arriving just in time to witness another magic sunset at Cala de Talamanca
Arriving just in time to witness another magic sunset at Cala Telamanca

Nice and quit and well protected against the prevailing wind and swell. Another great place where we could share more of the Spanish culture!
Where we watched the finals of the Euro  2012 Soccer!
Where we watched the finals of the Euro 2012 Soccer!

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