From Sardinia to Menorca
by tourist - 31/8/2010
ByGuide is about Sardinia Italy but having sailed from Sardinia to Menorca Spain, or Minorca, one of the Balearic islands, the Eastern one and nearest to Sardinia, to say, 190 Miles, here are some pictures taken in Menorca.
Mahon, Menorca. Looking at fiord from Marina Mahon side
|We sailed from Bosa, West coast of Sardinia, to Mahon, or Mao as this is its Spanish and true name, East coast of Menorca. The course from Bosa to Mahon is 262 degrees, nearly an exact East to West course with the raising sun at our back and the setting sun in front of us.
We sailed from Bosa to Mahon with a Northerly wind of 25 knots true wind on our course while 30 knots were forecasted at latitudes above our course. Rain also accompanied us for several hours. The trip took 31 hours and was not very comfortable considering the waves and wind. The rough sea caused also some dirt and water in the fuel tank to mix with the fuel and start giving problem with the engine fuel supply. Our Bavaria 36 in any case made it to Mahon with the engine running and just 5 miles from destination the wind eased a little bit and allowed for a great night landing in a new port for the crew.
The weather conditions our way back, opposite course, were much better and allowed a comfortable passage. We had 10 knots from North all the way with some stronger winds when we were reaching Bosa. With 10 knots of true wind and a beam reach or near so all the way, we sailed with headsail and main plus engine at low revs. The Autoprop variable pitch propeller allowed a great motor sailing, with our Volvo 2030 diesel at 1,300 rpm, with GPS speeds ranging from 6.5 to 9.5 knots, depending on sea currents.
Concerning the boat, in Mahon, we replaced diesel filter and pre-filter and drained some fuel from the tank, about 10 liters, via the pre-filter supply pipe, till the fuel was clear from deposits and water. Apart from this the boat performed very well and sailed safely.
Minorca is a very nice island, we stayed in Mahon, our arrival port, and in Ciutadella, a town in the opposite side of the Menorca island which faces Maiorca, the next of the balearic islands going West. There are great bays and beaches in Menorca but I have no pictures for these.
Mahon port is in a long and beautiful fiord. It is an historic town with fortifications at the entrance of the fiord. Marinas and berths are all along the Southern side of the fiord, with restaurant and shops, above this the town with more shops and nice streets and buildings. We also paid a visit to the fish market. On the Northern side of the fiord there are villas and other berths but as smaller or private berthing areas.
Another view from top of Marina Mahon looking towards East. An island is in the middle of the fiord
View of South side of the Mahon fiord.
Our Bav 36 moored in Mahon Menorca.
Ciutadella port entrance
Ciutadella port looking towards the town and port
Ciutadella old town streets and buildings
Ciutadella port with restaurants
Sea front villas in Ciutadella
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