Backtracking our way back to Denia … via Calpe and Moraira:

The last time at the feet of Mt Ifach
The last time at the feet of Mt Ifach

We only have two days left sailing or being in blue waters on Scolamanzi. We are suddenly painfully aware of it and the conversations became limited as we are backtracking the whole wonderful 6 months of sailing in our thoughts! Only a comment like: “It is amazing to think that we have started 6 months ago in Trinidad … “ and the next memory of amazing moments will just start pouring out! …“what stood out for me (coming from Johann) was the guts we had and the experience we gained in doing the ARC on our own!”… and so it went on and on!

We overnight in Calpe and were basically immediately visited by Harry, the owner of the boat “Ulys” anchored right next to us. He and his wife Ceceil have a catamaran on order and wanted to come and have a look at Scolamanzi for ideas.

Harry and Cecile
Harry and Cecile
It was great to share it with them. It just made us realise again that we have made a fantastic choice in Scolamanzi! There is nothing that we wished more or different to her (it really is such a great feeling!) We later on met up with Harry, Cecile and Leah again in Marina de Denia and that is where I fell in love with their little girl of 2 yrs old, little Leah! She is soo cute and very French… which makes her even cuter! 🙂
Little Leah - sweet and very French just stole my heart!!
Little Leah – sweet and very French just stole my heart!!

That evening we were just happy to stay on board having steak on the BBQ and a glass of our last bottle of red wine and soak in the beautiful view of Mt Ifach while watching the sun set behind us.

Beautiful Moraira! Our favourite small bay in Costa Blanca!
Beautiful Moraira! Our favourite small bay in Costa Blanca!

I basically begged Johann not to skip Moraira on our way the next day to Denia. (He did contemplate it for a moment!) It is such a special little place. I need to see it one more time. So we left early the next morning in order to spend as much time as possible in the lovely blue clear waters…the last day that we would be able swim and enjoy the Spanish ocean this season.

I was already in my swimmers as soon as we were anchored in the bay of Moraira!– could not wait to get into the water! Johann thought that it might be a good idea to pickle the water maker quickly while we are in quiet waters. His list of things to do once we get to Denia was pretty long and time was limited. Well, I could not believe his timing!!! That we were going to waist swimming time on something like that! Why haven’t we done it yesterday? I also knew that once he was in the forepeak I will have to stick around to pass on tools, clean filters, open and close seawater inlets… So swimming was out for the moment…it was 10am – Johann promised me that it will only take 20 min to do.

So I waited and followed the orders as they came my way. A few big words followed after about 15 min … he has missed a small procedure in the whole process and basically stuffed up the first pickling kit. We need to start all over again! (I guess that is what happens if you only need to do it once a year!) Right …I could sense that making a comment at that stage would not have gone down well – so we were going to do the “take 2”!
Half an hour later he came on deck with a very unhappy face (thunderous to say the least!)…he stuffed up the last kit as well … ok! This is bad…terrible!! …but what is great is that we cannot do a “take 3”!! – Which meant that we can at last relax and get into the water!!

Johann ... fell asleep and was drifting away! Ha!!
Johann … fell asleep and was drifting away! Ha!!
Under the yacht!
Under the yacht!
Having a relaxing time on the li-lo
Having a relaxing time on the li-lo

And so we did! A light lunch and out came the li-lo (a Jon Buoy waterproof mattress that we bought in the BVI) and the safety buoy (a good swimming support! 🙂 ) – The li-li was the most relaxing experience on water I have ever had! We stayed most of the time under the boat (between the two hulls – a great spot to be if you have a cat ) in the shade and just enjoyed the view as the boat turned. Johann fell asleep on the li-lo – I had to first take a picture and then woke him up as he was drifting already 30 meters away! Luckily it was partly overcast and not to hot! One of the power yacht’s owners swam over to ask me about this li-lo and what the name of it is. She was a darling – a Spanish girl from Madrid with pretty good ability to converse in English (very rare!) and advised us to go to the restaurant ashore with the name of Le Dauphin.
This wall has collapsed since we have been there a 2 weeks ago!
This wall has collapsed since we have been there a 2 weeks ago! Now only weighing Half-a-Stone! 🙂

We had a wonderful snorkel along the shoreline and noticed that one of the walls of a house on the hill tumbled down into the water! There were not many fish, but the clarity of the water is unbelievable and makes it enjoyable weather you see heaps of fish or not! We say it every time we snorkel – we always find at least one fish we have never seen before – and this was not an exception.
 Scollie anchored to the rocks ...
Scollie anchored to the rocks …

Three hours later, I was ordered to get out of the water… I could stay another 3! We knew we’ll have to be at the restaurant early because we did not make a booking. The shore has no dinghy dock so we will either have to pull the dinghy out on the beach (this idea went down like a lead balloon! It will mean that I have to jump into the knee/ thigh deep water to pull it out! It is not going to happen in my “special” stopouts!) or we will have to tie it to a rock …that again will mean a pretty dangerous stunt from me to get out on slippery rocks to hold on to Scollie till Johann can secure it! Anyway …high heels in the one hand, sling bag over the shoulder and I was out on the rocks… all timed well and without slipping!
Wonderful artwork scattered all over the restaurant
Wonderful artwork scattered all over the restaurant

Walking there meant walking on the beach for about 50 meters – with sandy feet and shoes in hand we entered this beautiful restaurant. What a place! The view is stunning!- needless to say as it is right on the beach, but what makes this place special, it that the owner is a sculptor (artist) and the place is scattered with his beautiful art! The whole evening was just another wonderful experience of Spain, Food , fabulous company in this beautiful bay in the town of my dreams!
A very Blue Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin and Tonic! ... with Scolamanzi in the background!
A very Blue Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin and Tonic! … with Scolamanzi in the background!

We could not have asked for a better ending to our dream trip than this place, this restaurant and this evening! We went to bed with big smiles on our faces… we knew this is the end for now, but we also know that from here onwards we can float on the memories together until we hopefully can get back on the blue waters to continue our dreams.

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One thought on “Backtracking our way back to Denia … via Calpe and Moraira:”

  1. I don’t know who is more sad. You are all of us who have been following your adventure! Can’t wait for next year love Yvonne

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