Well you know the rest! actually the water here is in fact very good! We have enjoyed our month stay here in La Lonja charter marina, the staff have been very helpful and are really friendly. It is a small marina very well sheltered and as we have to leave on a Friday when the charter boats return we have anchored out
and also tried a couple of other marinas in the bay. the kids favourite was Real Club Nautico as it had a lovely swimming pool but I found the staff very unfriendly there.
Wakeboarding has been this months focus, James has been attempting jumps and simple tricks and Olivia still had yet to stand up….that was all soon to change with the arrival or a friend from the UK. Olivia’s friend Scarlett had been given a trip out here as a surprise birthday present. Her birthday was on the Sunday when she found out that she was flying on the Monday and getting 2 days off school! We let her break the news to Olivia by Skype, it was so sweet Olivia burst into tears! It was so lovely to see Emma and Scarlett even on such a flying visit, we spent a lovely day at anchor a dolphin spotted on the way and a few more on the return journey. Not to be outdone by her friend, Olivia was soon up on the board and zooming round the bay with a big grin and a whoop of joy, they all had a great time, boarding, swimming and jumping off the boat. Both kids were quite subdued when Scarlett left with Olivia coming down with a sore throat and cough.
Luckily my dad arrived for a 4 day visit to pick everyone’s spirits back up. We took this time to explore further afield on the island and become tourists. We took the old wooden train through the stunning Tramuntana mountains from Palma to Soller,
then the tram through the lemon and orange groves from Soller to the Soller port where we had a lovely tapas lunch overlooking the bay. we anchored out one morning so the kids could demonstrate the new wakeboarding skills to their grandfather and he dutifully videoed everything to play for family at home.
The massive gothic cathedral of Santa Maria dominates the skyline of Palma bay and is a stones throw from the marina. We are lucky to be able to walk the dog in the morning and evening in the shade of the old walls and through the water gardens. it is as stunning inside as it is out and we all enjoyed our time exploring and marvelling at the beauty and splendour of it. The Super yacht Cup started here in Palma the day before dad left, 21 sailing yachts over 24m in length competing over 3 days. On the first night Jon blagged his way onto the private jetty by saying that although he wasn’t competing his yacht was berthed next door! taking dad and the kids with him (dogs not welcome) they spent a furtive 15 mins marvelling at the size and luxury of the boats. On the second day of racing we went out to watch the start, to see boats of up to 60m under full sail going upwind was amazing and made us seem very small so we stayed well out of their way as they hurtled around us!
This last week the kids have been setting their alarms early jumping out of bed and setting off in the dinghy with Jon to wakeboard in the bay before the sea breeze kicks in around 10am and makes it too choppy. I walk the dog along the sea front with my walky talky and watch from a distance. They have both improved hugely, Olivia now boards one handed, singing away to herself they have trouble shaking her off when her turn is over! James has also been getting very good at free diving and can comfortably dive down to 10m/33ft while searching for fish amongst the sea grass and videoing with his Gopro. He has edited together a movie and set it to music, I of course think its awesome you can judge through the link here. Our time in Mallorca is up, we leave for Ibiza tomorrow morning where we are meeting up with friends from Alicante in our favourite bay Cala Hort, we will stay 2 nights then head for the mainland. we have a motorhome booked for a road trip home through France, we will keep the yellow brick on throughout as we draw our year of adventure to a close. P.S anyone want to buy a yacht?